Malibu Barbie: A children’s toy or the new internet drama?


While one side of the internet mourned the loss of an international icon, Queen Elizabeth II, another icon rose to the top of the Twitter trending page: Trisha Paytas.

The always dramatic YouTuber and influencer posted that she went into labor around the same time the internet learned the Queen had passed away. A viral rumor began: Trisha Paytas would deliver the reincarnation of Queen Elizabeth II.

While the rumor began in February 2022 when Paytas announced her pregnancy on Tik Tok and people joked that the queen was “holding on for life” lest she be reincarnated as Trisha’s newborn, the rumor appeared to take life when Paytas she revealed a centimeter was chosen. It was then rumored that she had had her child and named him Elizabeth.

“[The rumor was] She called her Elizabeth like she was born again,” said Kayla Boyd, a nursing freshman. “I thought, ‘We’re going to have World War III. This is the beginning of madness.”

However, the rumor was debunked when Paytas posted that she had in fact not given birth to her child yet amid internet speculation. While attention calmed down around her pregnancy, she instead ramped it up again when the child was actually born — she named her newborn girl Malibu Barbie.

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“I thought it was a joke at first,” Boyd said. “I thought it was like an alias and she just didn’t share the baby’s name with the public. I thought, ‘This is a joke.’ Then I realized it wasn’t.”

However, given Paytas’ love of pink and Barbie-blonde hair, some thought it suited the influencer.

“I actually think it really suits her, like I couldn’t really think of anything better,” said second-year film scholar Kearsten Little Ankofski.

International Relations Junior Salina Voegtly explained that given Paytas’ unusual behavior, influencer status and personality, she could not have chosen a better name.

“Malibu and Barbie can be two different names,” Voegtly said. “I think people forget that Barbie is short for Barbara, which was a very popular name long before we were all born. Today it’s a nickname. There are so many options and it’s really cute. I think people just forget they’re legitimate names when you put them together… it’s really creative.”

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With many controversies surrounding the internet star, such as B. keeping problem friends like the Vlog Squad and Shane Dawson or saying some insensitive things, many are unsure if she can be canceled with her fame.

“In my opinion, I don’t really believe in it when it comes to canceling people,” Ankofski said. “I understand that some people are bad and they shouldn’t have a platform and I think that more relies on people to stop supporting them instead of sending a bunch of hate because it won’t make them stop.”

Boyd said these controversies get clicks and Paytas make more money every time she does something newsworthy.

“I think she absolutely knows how to use the internet and she’s a businesswoman,” Voegtly said. “I’m not a fan of the way she does it. I know a lot of people are.”

Voegtly believes Paytas could turn over a new leaf if this new controversy is her worst right now.

“I just haven’t seen her on the news that much,” Voegtly said. “I think motherhood might change her a bit where she has this realization of what it means to care for another human being, the one that is part of you. I think, I think it might change her a little and she might slow down with this stuff.

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Paytas isn’t the first celebrity to use the weirdest book of baby names. Elon Musk and Grimes named their child X Æ A-12. Ed Sheeran’s children’s names are Lyra Anarktis and Jupiter. The Kardashians have a long list of eccentric names: Stormi, Chicago, Psalm, and more.

“I think celebrities have an individuality complex… and I think they really want to feel like they’re… special,” Ankofski said.

Boyd said that since celebrities assume everyone loves them, they can do crazy things and somehow get positive feedback from it.

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