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Monday, January 27, 2003

Hey, Barbie, Let's Go Party!

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Mattel in their trademark suit against the Danish group Aqua and their label MCA for the song "Barbie Girl." Mattel claimed that the song disparaged Barbie's wholesome image with its suggestive lyrics.

My favorite part of the story is that Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit told the parties to "chill." Almost as funny was when lawyers for MCA claimed Aqua's incredibly inane and annoying song represented "relevant social commentary."

In other Aqua related news, "Barbie Girl" advanced to the second round of Jukebox From Hell, defeating Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It." It is due to face Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me" in the second round.

Sadly, Aqua has since broken up. What a shame.


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