'Virgin Mary' Barbie, 'Jesus Christ' Ken Draw Controversy

Two Argentinian artists have depicted Barbie as the Virgin Mary and Ken as Jesus Christ in their creations that sparked controversy recently.

'Virgin Mary' Barbie and 'Jesus Christ' Ken
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Reports said Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini created over 30 dolls for an art show called "Barbie, The Plastic Religion" which opens in Buenos Aires in October.

In his Facebook page, Paolini posted photos of the doll collection that included Barbie as the Virgin of Lourdes, Joan of Arc, and Mary Magdalene. The latter caught so much attention as Barbie is partly naked with her left breast exposed.

Ken, on the other hand, was dressed as the crucified Jesus, Saint Joseph, Saint Sebastian, Saint Roch, and Buddha.

Many devotees of the Virgin Mary across Argentina and France slammed the doll collection, calling it "provocative" and produced in "bad taste."

On the contrary, some social media users said they love the "work of art" and are "willing to buy" the dolls when it becomes available.

In their Facebook pages, Perelli and Paolini posted to clarify that they do not intend to offend any religion.