Occurred: July 2023
Buzzfeed came under fire for publishing a list of AI-generated images that portrayed Barbie in 195 countries in a manner that was seen as inappropriate, inaccurate, and that reinforced racial and ethnic stereotypes.
From Afghanistan To Zimbabwe: Here's What Barbie Would Look Like In Every Country was created using the Midjourney image generator and depicted a number of Asian Barbies with blonde hair, showed Middle-eastern Barbies wearing a traditional headdress for men, gave a South Sudanese doll a gun, and a Lebanese Barbie standing on rubble.
In addition to reinforcing racial and ethnic stereotypes, the fracas also resulted in commentators highlighting existing concerns about bias in generative AI datasets, and in Midjourney specifically.
Buzzfeed deleted the article after the backlash.
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Published: October 2023
Last updated: November 2023