Freeport Bakery in Sacramento, California, baked a cake with a Ken doll base.
Never having played with dolls, although I can still picture my Rupert Bear, I had to do some research into Ken. According to Wikipedia, Ken (Kenneth Carson) is a toy doll introduced by Mattel in 1961 as the fictional boyfriend of toy doll Barbie, introduced in 1959. Similar to his female counterpart, Ken had a fantastically fashionable line of clothing and accessories. In the Barbie mythos, Ken and Barbie met on the set of a TV commercial in 1961. Mattel has never specified the precise nature of their relationship.
They can get married if you buy them the appropriate clothes.
Having posted the picture of the cake on Facebook, Marlene Goetzeler, co-owner of the bakery, faced an angry backlash. She said: “Naively, I guess, I just thought this is a really cool cake, and look at how great they did with the butter cream. What’s wrong with a Ken cake?”
Shock, horror … it’s transgender!
Footnote: Real life Ken & Barbie hate the sight of each other.
(Yes, they’ve both had breast implants.)