Barbie dream becomes a PR nightmare

A life-sized Barbie Dream House due to open as a tourist attraction in Berlin next month. Photo / AP
A life-sized Barbie Dream House due to open as a tourist attraction in Berlin next month. Photo / AP

Barbie and Ken could receive police protection after activists vowed to protest against a life-sized Barbie Dream House due to open as a tourist attraction in Berlin next month.

A 2415sq m site at Alexanderplatz square has been earmarked for the development. A pink billboard with a smiling Barbie mouthing "Visit Me!" has already been installed.

Austrian entrepreneur Christoph Rahofer spent 18 months perfecting his concept after obtaining a licence from the dolls' US producers, Mattel.

Left-wing activists have called the project sexist. Michael Koschitzki, 27, a member of the youth wing of Germany's Left Party, has launched an Occupy Barbie Dreamhouse Facebook page and said demonstrations were planned.

- Independent

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