Could she be the mental health advocate we all need right now?
Barbie has worked a lot of jobs in her day, but her modern day role as a vlogger may be one of her most influential yet — surprisingly, considering the past controversy Barbie has gotten regarding body image.
Last week, a Twitter user tweeted one of her videos from 2016 on feeling blue. “Barbie on depression,” wrote @RXMANSPHOENIX. “This was quite deep and important. I’m here for these vlogs!”
It’s also a follow-up tweet to another viral Barbie video, which has 2.56 million views, 74,000 retweets, and 180,000 likes.
In the video, Barbie talks about feeling down for no reason at all. She explains that no matter what she does, sometimes she just feels sad and then she feels guilty for feeling sad.
“I’m supposed to be the upbeat positive one all the time,” she says. “But I’m not always.”
Even though Barbie explains that it’s okay to feel down sometimes, she also shares what she does to help cheer herself up: doodling, journaling, organizing her room, exercising, and even the Buddhist laughing meditation method helps to clear her mind and cheer her up.
These videos have been teaching viewers for a couple of years, but this tweet quickly resonated with thousands, garnering up over 10,000 retweets and almost 30,000 likes. It’s also a follow-up tweet to another viral Barbie-related tweet, which has 2.56 million views, 74,000 retweets, and 180,000 likes.
People commented in support saying, “This actually like, helped? When did Barbie get so helpful dang” and “This hit me because like I relate to this way too much. In my life I’m the upbeat one and when I’m down it’s like ????? why????? and like this made me feel blue wtf.”
As amazing as this videos is for kids — and adults — to understand that feeling down is perfectly normal and okay, it’s important to distinguish that Barbie is not directly referring to depression.
This is something else commenters were quick to point out, although they still maintained an overall positive attitude about the Tweet and video.
“I don’t think what she’s describing is actual depression (sounds more like the ups and downs of life),” wrote @gurinkat. “But it’s still very important to address and she’s very sweet giving advice for when you are having a ‘down’ day.”
Anything that openly discusses mental health is incredibly beneficial, this video included.
This type of relatable yet beneficial content is exactly what we need in a time where video is taking over all our social media channels.
It’s a huge step away from toxic material that many parents and adults are worried about on the internet — content that may trigger or misrepresent mental health (from the Logan Paul incident to 13 Reasons Why). Barbie’s come a long way from being “just a doll” — she’s now creating refreshing, beneficial, and relatable content for the many generations to come.
The kids who are watching Barbie? They’re alright.
Emily Rekstis is a New York City-based beauty and lifestyle writer who writes for many publications, including Greatist, Racked, and Self. If she’s not writing at her computer, you can probably find her watching a mob movie, eating a burger, or reading a NYC history book. See more of her work on her website, or follow her on Twitter.