- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A couple of Argentine artists are practically begging for controversy with their latest renditions of two iconic child’s playthings, dressing the Ken doll as Jesus and his accompanying Barbie as the Virgin Mary, and posting both for online reaction.

Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini dressed the dolls as close to biblically-based expectations as possible, United Press International reported. The Ken doll was stripped, save for a piece of white cloth tied about his waist, outfitted with long, blondish hair wrapped with a thorny-looking crown, and splayed on a wooden cross, crucifixion-style.

Barbie, meanwhile, was dressed in a long white cloth covered by a blue cape with white hood, displayed in her plastic box with arms stretched wide.

The artists are calling the renditions “Barbie, The Plastic Religion,” and setting them on display in Buenos Aires until Oct. 11, UPI reported. The display includes a total of 33 dolls dressed as various icons from the world’s major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. 

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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