- By Mariko Oi
- Business reporter
1 August 2023, 05:11 BST
Updated 9 minutes ago
Image source, Warner Bros
Warner Bros Japan has apologised after an official Barbie Movie account replied to Barbenheimer memes featuring atom bomb images.
Barbie and Oppenheimer were released over the same weekend in the US, which prompted the Barbenheimer phenomenon.
Some images showed Margot Robbie with a mushroom cloud hairstyle. The official Barbie movie account replied: “This Ken is a stylist”.
Barbie is scheduled to be released on 11 August in Japan.
But ahead of its debut, #NoBarbenheimer has been trending in the world’s third largest movie market after the US and China.
Other meme images that enraged Japanese social media users include one showing Cillian Murphy, who played Robert Oppenheimer – known as the “father of the atomic bomb”, carrying Ms Robbie on his shoulder through a burning city. The Barbie movie official account replied: “It’s going to be a…