Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas responds to ‘Barbie’ reference

Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas responds to 'Barbie' reference

Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas has responded to one in all his tracks being featured within the Barbie film.

The American singer-songwriter mirrored on Matchbox Twenty’s tune ‘Push’ being featured within the Greta Gerwig movie, and confirmed that he was high-quality with the film poking enjoyable on the 1997 hit.

The second in movie comes after Ken – performed by Ryan Gosling – returns to the Barbie world after paying a go to to the human world and discovering the patriarchy. From there, he transforms the female-dominated Barbie world right into a hyper-masculine “Kendom”, rife with the whole lot related to poisonous masculinity.

‘Push’ is then the tune that he, in addition to all the opposite Kens, serenade the Barbies with on the seaside – with the rendition lasting for literal hours.

Whereas the second is supposed to poke enjoyable on the ’90s band for being ‘the ultimate bro band’, because it seems, the frontman is totally high-quality along with his tune getting used because the butt of the joke.

“I want to preface this by saying that I thought it was hilarious,” he stated whereas chatting with USA Right this moment, additionally referencing one other time his band was used as a joke in a Hollywood blockbuster. “But in Bring It On, [Kirsten Dunst’s character] has this douche-y boyfriend. And there’s a scene where he was in his dorm room with a Matchbox Twenty poster in the background. There was a whole period during the ‘90s where the more successful we got, the bigger target we were. We were an easy takedown.”

He continued, recalling how he was instructed upfront concerning the tune’s inclusion in Barbie, and the way he was OK with it – significantly due to his fondness for director Greta Gerwig.

“When I got the call for Barbie, they told me, ‘Ken’s by the fireside, he’s playing the song and it’s his favourite band.’ So I did this thinking I’d be the butt of the joke, and I was fine with that. I’m pretty thick-skinned,” he defined.

“But Julie Greenwald [from Atlantic Records] came to the Hollywood Bowl a month or two ago. She had just seen the movie and was like, “You come out of it loving Ken and loving “Push.” And I used to be like, “Aww. Alright, actually good!

“Also, Greta Gerwig has been one of my crushes forever… So just the fact that it didn’t diminish my crush of Greta, that’s even better.”

Thomas, who’s at the moment on tour with the band selling their newest album ‘Where The Light Goes’, additionally just lately devoted a rendition of the tune to Barbie actor Ryan Gosling. Try fan-captured footage of the second under.


“i’d like to dedicate this next song to ryan gosling” – rob thomas #matchbox20 #matchboxtwenty #robthomas #ryangosling #barbie #barbiemovie #push #fyp

♬ authentic sound – hannah croteau

Talking with USA Right this moment, Gerwig defined why she wished to characteristic ‘Push’ within the movie – saying that she was a fan of the observe in her childhood. “Growing up, I loved that song. I was like, ‘This is my rock ‘n’ roll, Dad,” she stated.

“[I] enjoy The Who, but these are my guys.’ And it wasn’t until college that I actually thought, ‘What is that song about?’ Just thinking about 13-year-old me singing along and really meaning it, I was like, ‘That is so interesting.’”

Matchbox Twenty aren’t the one ’90s band to get an surprising point out in Barbie. Earlier final week, it was reported that Pavement have been additionally referenced within the movie throughout a montage the place Kens begin mansplaining to Barbies, with one referencing The Godfather and one other speaking about Stephen Malkmus‘ significance and the way he pertains to Lou Reed.

As soon as once more, the joke supposedly references director Greta Gerwig and co-writer Noah Baumbach’s personal love of indie rock, and responding to the reference, the members jokingly posted on their Instagram story: “We are aware of the Barbie Movie rumors and are awaiting guidance from legal but as a rule we are pro Greta.”

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