Shakira Reveals Her Sons 'Absolutely Hated' The Barbie Movie And Explains Why She Agrees With Them

Shakira discusses her sons' dislike of the film "Barbie," expressing partial agreement due to concerns about masculinity, sparking debate on gender roles.


Shakira has recently addressed her sons' aversion to the film "Barbie" and has expressed partial agreement with their perspective. Despite being hailed as one of the most anticipated releases of 2023 and lauded for various positive aspects, "Barbie" also sparked controversy.

Featuring a predominantly female cast and promoting themes of equality and positive body image, the film received criticism from some viewers who felt it pushed its messages too forcefully. Accusations of being anti-male surfaced on social media, with some users describing it as a "woke-a-thon" filled with feminist lectures and hostility towards men.


Shakira, known for hits like "Waka Waka," admitted that her sons shared a strong dislike for the movie, feeling that it undermined masculinity. In an interview with Allure, she expressed her desire for her sons to feel empowered while also respecting women. Shakira highlighted the importance of empowering women without diminishing the significance of men's roles in society.

"I'm raising two boys. I want 'em to feel powerful too [while] respecting women.

"I like pop culture when it attempts to empower women without robbing men of their possibility to be men, to also protect and provide."

Shakira says that she believes in 'giving women all the tools and the trust that we can do it all without losing our essence, without losing our femininity', but also thinks that 'men have a purpose in society and women have another purpose as well'.

"We compliment each other, and that compliment should not be lost," she continues. "Just because a woman can do it all doesn’t mean she should?"

"Why not share the load with people who deserve to carry it, who have a duty to carry it as well?"

While advocating for women's empowerment, Shakira emphasized the complementary nature of gender roles and the importance of sharing responsibilities. She believes in preserving femininity while acknowledging men's purpose in society. Shakira's perspective stirred mixed reactions on social media, with some questioning her take on the film and others expressing disagreement.

One social media user said: "Is this an april fools joke."

"Oh Shakira… this is not the take," another added.

A third commented: "Did she not watch the ending of the movie where the ken’s finally got their respect and their purpose was showcasted."

And a fourth said: "Oh Shakira love you but idk about this one."

Director and co-writer Greta Gerwig addressed the controversy surrounding "Barbie," acknowledging the passion it evoked but expressing hope that the film would serve as an invitation for everyone to embrace its message of inclusivity and liberation from restrictive gender norms.