This powerful line challenges societal norms and encourages women to embrace their worth and achievements without feeling the need to be apologetic.
It looks like the "Barbie" fever is not going away anytime soon. The delightfully campy feminist film is filled with so much meaning and so many little details that the internet is still trying to catch them all. One TikToker found a deeper meaning in one line in the movie and wanted to share the important message behind it with the world. "Just a warning about the beginning of the Barbie movie — when they're accepting their awards, they don't say, 'thank you,' they say, 'I worked really hard for this and I deserve it,’” Brittney Garcia-Dumas said in the video, adding, "And it will truly make you feel like you can walk through a wall."
This scene is setting the standard for how women should think and react going forward. https://t.co/JGDqD9tMgY— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) July 27, 2023
Spoiler alert: later in the film when the Barbies are brainwashed by the Kens, they even forget that they won the awards in the first place! Garcia-Dumas admitted to BuzzFeed that it took her a while for that short line to sink in. "When I first heard Barbie say, 'I've worked hard for this and I deserve it,' I was a little taken back and kind of offended,” she said.
“Why didn't they say 'thank you?' It hit me. Omg! Wait a damn minute. We don't have to say thank you. *I do* work hard for this and *I do* deserve it,” she continued. “I caught myself experiencing my own internalized disempowerment and misogyny. If I'm committed to being a part of the solution, I need to make sure I am identifying where my own processes could use some empowerment!"
In the comments section of the video, which has been viewed over one million times, many felt the full brunt of the powerful line. Casey Bernardo admitted, "When they didn’t thank anyone else, I realized that I have always thanked someone for my accomplishments." Margaret shared, "I came out of the movie feeling empowered." Elizabeth Mossor added, "I have not stopped thinking about that part. Just the mental paradigm shift I absolutely needed." One user even pointed out another important line in the film. Lauren Renee said, "And when Barbie calls the lady at the bus stop beautiful, she responds with 'I know it.'"
The film is filled with incredibly empowering gems and nuggets of wisdom. Director Greta Gerwig also spoke about the ending of the film recently. In an interview with USA Today, Gerwig emotionally opened up about the film and a crucial scene at the end of it which features Margot Robbie's Barbie delivering an important line. Barbie makes her way to the receptionist's desk to deliver the final line of the film, "I am here to see my gynecologist."
Gerwig stated that she wanted to end the "Barbie" movie with a "mic drop" moment and the audience can bet that she delivered really well. "With this film, it was important for me that everything operated on at least two levels," Gerwig told the outlet. "I knew I wanted to end on a mic drop kind of joke, but I also find it very emotional. When I was a teenage girl, I remember growing up and being embarrassed about my body and just feeling ashamed in a way that I couldn't even describe. It felt like everything had to be hidden."
"And then to see Margot as Barbie, with this big old smile on her face, saying what she says at the end with such happiness and joy," Gerwig added. "I was like – if I can give girls that feeling of, 'Barbie does it, too' – that’s both funny and emotional. There are so many things like that throughout the movie. It was always about looking for the levity and the heart."