Skip to comments.Barbie Gets Ordained, and Has the Smells-and-Bells Wardrobe to Match
Posted on 04/06/2010 7:01:28 AM PDT by marshmallow
(RNS) With her careers as veterinarian, astronaut and U.S. president behind her, Barbie has at last found her true calling: as a second-career Episcopal priest.
The 11.5-inch-tall fictional graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif., has donned a cassock and surplice and is rector at St. Barbaras-by-the-Sea in (where else?) Malibu, Calif.
She arrived at the church fully accessorized, as is Barbies custom. Her impeccably tailored ecclesiastical vestments include various colored chasubles (the sleeveless vestments worn at Mass) for every liturgical season, black clergy shirt with white collar, neat skirt and heels, a laptop with prepared sermon and a miniature, genuine Bible.
Apparently a devotee of the smells and bells of High Church tradition, the Rev. Barbie even has a tiny thurible, a metal vessel used for sending clouds of incense wafting toward heaven.
The Rev. Barbie, who in less than a week had drawn nearly 3,000 friends on her Facebook page, spends most of her time in the office of the Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, rector of Christ (Episcopal) Church, in Manlius, N.Y., near Syracuse.
The doll, her wardrobe and portable sacristy were a gift from Cleaver-Bartholomews friend, the Rev. Julie Blake Fisher, a priest in Kent, Ohio.
I got a phone call from my husband who said a large package had arrived;Julie had told me that she was making something for me. She used to be a dressmaker and she makes gorgeous stoles, so I thought she was making me a stole, said Cleaver-Bartholomew. When I came home and there was this enormous box, I knew it wasnt just a stole!
Fisher had made Episcopal Priest Barbie and a few vestments two years ago for the children in her parish to dress.
I thought the children would like to practice playing with the vestments and learning what they are, said Fisher. The Rev. Barbie was a hit with both the children and a local group of women clergy, including Cleaver-Bartholomew.
When Cleaver-Bartholomew later got called to her parish in New York, Fisher knew the perfect gift for her friend.
I thought, `I dont have time to make her one of her own; Ill just send her Episcopal Priest Barbie for her farewell gift, said Fisher. But then, when I sat down to start to package everything up, I thought `What if I added this? What if I added that? What if I made this? It would just take one more day.
One more day turned into 100 hours of painstaking labor, and before I knew it, it was Episcopal Church BarbieHigh Church Edition, Fisher said.
Barbies clergy garb is the real deal, made from dress patterns that were crafted or adapted by Fisher. Barbies collared blouse was cut down from the fabric of a genuine clergy shirt; the chasubles and alb are made from real silk and linens. Her capa nigra (black funeral cloak) sports pewter buttons. Her nearly-complete Bible was originally sold as a keychain. The thurible was crafted from a teeny tea ball.
Episcopal Church Barbies popularity exploded after she got a shout-out on the popular blog, BeautyTipsforMinisters.com. A Friends of Episcopal Priest Barbie Facebook group has grown exponentially since its March 31 inception.
Many of the Rev. Barbies online admirers asked about her career aspirations.
How long till she is Bishop Barbie? asked one.
Fisher has found a calling of her own: She responded that her next project will be Episcopal Priest Barbie: Cathedral Edition. She promises an African-American Bishop Barbie, a Hispanic Ken doll who will be cathedral dean (rector) and his African-American friend, Stephen, will be a deacon. Barbies little sister, Kelly, will be an acolyte.
For her part, Cleaver-Bartholomew thinks Barbie could be a tool for evangelism for the Episcopal Churchparticularly for conveying that we have a sense of humor, we can be fun.
Barbies very versatile that way, said Cleaver-Bartholomew. Shes open to new possibilities, so evangelism is definitely in her future.
I have NEVER liked Barbie and would not purchase anything to do with Barbie for my daughters. I was RIGHT!
How about Butch Barbie???
There’s only one thing that leads me to believe this isn’t true....
Barbie isn’t a Lesbian.
Can’t wait until she’s Obama. Barbie Obama who throws like a girl and wears soccer mom jeans.
Can Wiccan Barby be far behind?
Really? You know Ken’s smooth down there, right?
NOTHING that even smacks of Barbie!!
Barbie has always promoted a pop-culture image that is a distorted view of females.
It's the "in" thing now days to be bi so she'll just tell Ken she was trying to find herself and experimented. Maybe she kissed Midge and liked it.
"The Rev. Barbie...spends most of her time in the office of the Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew."
How long until she receives a transfer so she can do fag “marriages” since the evil voters won’t allow it in Kalifornia?
“Barbie isnt a Lesbian.”
You need to qualify that - NOT YET!
Give them time ... Barbie will be a lesbian too!
Let me know when she becomes a mohel.
Great, now she can marry Midge and officiate over the ceremony herself.
distorted? flat stomach and a chest... on a woman?! omg!! where are the rolls of fat?
i guess if she looked more like jaba the hut you’d think she was more realistic (which, in America, you would be right)
If scaled into real life proportions, she would be 5 feet, 9 inches, (1.75 m) measuring 36-18-33. According to research by the University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, she would lack the requisite 17 to 22 percent of body fat required to menstruate.
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the fact that she would have 36-18-33 measurements is freakin people out?
considering 36-24-34 would be ideal to many people. 6” on the waist? that’s the big deal?
then again, in America, 36-42-42 (or worse) would probably be more normal these days.
my guess, fatties are upset. tough beans. get off yer ass, go on a diet, and get some daily exercise. stop bitchin about a doll.
I’ll stick up for Barbie a little.
When my daughter was little, we had the Nutcracker and Rapunzel and Swan Lake movies. They made good use of classical literature, music and ballet, and had wholesome moral messages about honesty, courage, perseverance, respect for parents.
Also, Barbie in regular form is a grown-up with a job and nice boyfriend. Do you realize how few toys there are for girls that actually mention how real people work and live? Many, many toys for girls are about fantasy characters or glamour. They don’t offer any view of a realistic future for a girl, where she can imagine what life will really be like when she grows up. Barbie does that. In the cesspool of decadent or overly saccharine offerings for kids, Barbie has become one of the good guys.
And hey, now, per the posted article, we know she’s a devout Christian. :)
(full disclosure: we do own a couple of shares of Mattel stock.)
the movies seriously aren’t too bad for what they are, I’ll give ya that.
My daughters grew to adulthood without any Barbie. They never seemed to miss it.
Oy vey. Talk about silliness.
Well....we have the impression that one of the incarnations is an Episcopalian. Whether that’s a devout Christian is something a number of people would seriously dispute.
I agree with you about the Barbie movies. They are well done, for the genre, and have good values. “Unselfishness” can’t be pushed too hard to little girls! “Look how considerate Barbie is!” I would say to my daughters. “Look how she’s helping the younger children!”
My four daughters love the Barbie movies.
My girls love Barbie and love the movies, too. She is the girl who can be anything, and she always plays the heroine in their little imaginary games.
There have been times when a friend has given them an awful Bratz doll for a present and we have made a pact that she is traded in for a Barbie princess.
You’re right, Barbie is one of the good guys. She may have an unattainable figure, but she has been every career dream a girl could ever have. And, why can’t a girl look good while flying to the moon or arguing in front of the Supreme Court?
OMG... is this for real, or is this from The Onion??