Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more “Barbie” movie tie-ins, we bring you HOT PINK COFFINS! The film that caused an international pink paint shortage has now apparently spiked demand for bright pink coffins.
Coffins that come in shades other than black, white, or wood tones are far from a new concept. Several funeral homes in Mexico and El Salvador are capitalizing on the “Barbie” trend by increasing their stock of pink coffins. The Olivares Funeral Home is even promoting them as a “Barbie House” coffin, with the slogan: “So you can rest like Barbie.”
“This coffin, with its striking bright pink color, represents the spark and energy of those unforgettable moments they lived,” says a promotional clip. “It is a reminder that our stories deserve to be remembered and celebrated with color and vibrancy. May this tribute be a celebration full of love, colors and unforgettable memories.”
Alpha and Omega Funeral Home in Ahuachapán, El Salvador started offering Barbie-themed coffins about a year ago. “We wanted to promote the pink coffin as it has become a trend and people have been contacting us,” undertaker Isaac Villegas said. “Of the 40 people who inquired about it, we have already closed a contract with at least 10 new clients. We even ran out of stock.”
So, this rapid increase in demand may even cause a completely different shortage.
For some bright hues may seem like a disrespectful color for someone’s final resting place. But we’d like to remind readers that every culture deals with death in different ways. Some cultures view a funeral as a time to celebrate the life of the deceased instead of soberly mourning their loss.
The “Barbie” movie stars Margot Robbie as the iconic doll and Ryan Gosling as her ever-present boyfriend Ken. The film hit the coveted $1 billion mark as of Saturday, August 5th. Which means Gerwig has entered the company of directors with that special milestone on their resume.