On Tuesday’s Late Late Show, James Corden was not impressed with the high-tech new Barbie. Hello Barbie is a high-tech, interactive doll with built in computer, wi-fi, and thousands of phrases. “Meanwhile, Ken still has zero penises,” laments Corden. The Barbie has a bank of over 8,000 unique phrases, which is incredible, because “real fashion models only have three or four phrases tops…’vodka soda,’ ‘Give me a cigarette,’ and ‘Oh, this? Lenny Kravitz bought it for me.” Mattel has said, while the voice is live and mutable, the face never changes, which Corden points out is just like watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Barbie is not just making technological innovations. The commercial for the new Moschino Barbie is the first to ever feature a boy playing with the doll. Certain people are upset by this, but the doll costs $150, and Corden says, “I think we can all agree that is a way better reason to be upset.” Some boy is going to come home and ask his father for a $1,000 Moschino Barbie bag accessory and be told, “Yeah, I support your journey, Kyle, but you’re getting Legos.”