Barbie dolll controversy involves the always controversial Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Sports Illustrated has made a fortune objectifying women in skimpy swimsuits and bikinis... and sometimes only paint.
Now Mattel has partnered with Sports Illustrated to add Barbie to the Sports Illustrated 50th anniversary edition, and Barbie is getting her own SI cover. The controversy is not so much whether or not a child's toy needs to be in a men's girly magazine (she doesn't), but the fact some people believe both Barbie and the SI models promote an unrealistic body expectation among young girls
You can read my take on it in these two articles: