Neil deGrasse Tyson Figures Out Where Barbie Land: Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a new scientific theory about the possible location of Barbie Land.
After the hugely successful release of Barbie in theaters last month, the 64-year-old scientist took it upon himself to determine where the fictional Barbie World might be found on Earth.
“In the Barbie film, the orientation of the Moon places Barbie World somewhere between 20 & 40 degrees North Latitude here on Earth,” he explained in a recent social media post. “The trees further narrow the latitude between 20 & 30 degrees. The Sun & Moon appeared to rise and set over the ocean. So if it’s in the United States, Barbie World could exist somewhere in the Florida Keys.”
Tyson shared his insight alongside a photo from the movie, garnering enthusiastic reactions. “I read this in your voice, hearing the excitement you had narrating Cosmos. Pure pleasure. Thank you,” one fan wrote. Another commented, “I love when people get excited about science like this! The best!!”
While not claiming expertise on the iconic Mattel doll, Tyson also offered a short analysis of Barbie’s influence on young girls’ development.
He contrasted Barbie with baby dolls, saying: “You talk about socialization. Baby dolls trained girls to care for infants as their role. But what about my G.I. Joe dolls socializing me as a boy to be a soldier and kill strangers? Why no outrage over that?”
Tyson similarly brought scientific scrutiny to Frozen 2 in 2019, analyzing Elsa’s eyeball size. His commentary shows his knack for finding the science in popular culture.
With over $1 billion in ticket sales, Barbie has smashed records. This has led Mattel to plan a Polly Pocket film next, capitalizing on Barbie’s big-screen success.
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