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Our One And Only Plastic Boyfriend

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Ken, everyone's favorite male counterpart, is going to be a star! The plastic man will star in "Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend", a reality show competition featuring 8 twenty-something men competing to prove they're the perfect companion for any dating situation or occasion. The reasoning for the show besides pure ol' hyuck hyucks is to give Ken a makeover "to make sure he’s still as culturally and visually relevant as Barbie is" before his 50th anniversary. Mattel does know how difficult it's going to be to shimmy black skinny jeans onto a male doll with fixed feet, right? [The Hairpin]