Remember man buns? They enjoyed an ill-advised period of popularity in early 2015, before they steadily went downhill and became the most incessant and nauseating hair trend to ever grace the internet (except for maybe glitter roots, but that’s a topic for another day).
A man wearing his hair in a bun has since become synonymous with obnoxious political and social views, and an unapologetic prejudice against people who aren’t vegan. In short: the man bun trend has caved in on itself, and wearing one has definitely become a turn-off for many women.
However, I guess Mattel didn’t get the memo.
This morning, Mattel announced their new, upcoming line of Ken dolls, which endeavor to bring more diversity to the Barbie and Ken experience.
The dolls will come in three different body types, seven different skin tones, and nine different hairstyles — which is really admirable and progressive, and should, of course, be celebrated.
Unfortunately, one of those “nine different hairstyles” is the dreaded man bun.
Yep. Mattel is trying to make man buns happen again, and it’s utterly baffling. Can’t we just let this trend die in peace?
Not surprisingly, Twitter is already roasting these bun-heads.
“By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” Lisa McKnight, Barbie senior vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls to further personalize the role they want him to play in Barbie’s world.”
And, honestly, an ugly hairstyle is a fair price to pay for more diverse dolls. So maybe we should be thankful.
And let’s not forget, there was that “Growing Up Skipper” doll who spontaneously grew breasts — so it could always be worse.