Recently, you may (or may not) have noticed Facebook profile photos rapidly changing from that of the human variety to cartoon characters. The reason? Another viral Facebook campaign to raise awareness. Though this one seems a little more fun than posting your bra color or where you like to set your purse in a status update.
This particular fad is an effort to fight child abuse. Linking the two concepts is the idea of bringing back memories of our own childhoods by getting nostalgic. It’s a stretch, but we’ll go with it.
Facebookers are asked to choose their favorite cartoon character, upload a photo of it as their profile picture and to keep it there through the remainder of the weekend.
All this analyzing in order to choose the perfect cartoon that is simultaneously entertaining, while expressing our inner selves (we picked Buttercup from “The Powerpuff Girls”) got us to thinking about who some of our favorite celebs might identify with. Take a look at what we came up with for these Facebook savvy entertainers.
Lady GaGa: Animal
After wearing a dress made of the Muppets face, we think its safe to assume that GaGa has fond feelings about Animal. Yes, we know, he’s not technically a cartoon character (but there was a “Muppets Babies” cartoon). Nevertheless, The Muppets have been a part of children’s lives since the ’50s, so it works for us. A musician, like GaGa, we think Animal often feels misunderstood. He doesn’t speak in a language any of us can understand, which is how we
usually sometimes feel when we see the “Bad Romance” singer making a statement. For example, her muppet dress.
Taylor Swift: My Little Pony
Just look at that mane! We suspect that both Taylor and the My Little Pony’s luscious locks may contain some sort of magical powers (but nothing at all like the secrets Regina George keeps in hers). No, Taylor and My Little Pony would use their powers for good. To bring more joy into the world — or at least more catchy songs.
Vin Diesel: “Thundercats'” Lion-O
Aside from the obvious difference in hair style, just look at those muscles. Lion-O has the whole action hero thing down to a science. As long as he has his sword, that is. Similarly, Vin is pretty badass when he’s got a car (see “The Fast and the Furious” and “XXX”), as long as that car isn’t a mini-van (see “The Pacifier”).
Jonas Brothers: Alvin and the Chipmunks
The similarities are obvious: Three musically inclined brothers with lady-fans alternating between shrieking and fainting in their presence at all times. You’ve got the main heartthrob, Joe Jonas/Alvin, that everyone wants a piece of. Then there’s the slightly nerdy one, Kevin Jonas/Simon, that no one really wants to date, but is kind of adorable cause he just seems so harmless. You may not see the Nick Jonas/Theodore pairing at first. Consider this: both are soft spoken in comparison to their front-man brother and can sometimes fade into the background. Theodore has the cute, chubby thing working for him while Nick tugs on your heartstrings with his baby face and Type I diabetes diagnosis. They can both work the non-threatening sweeter-than-Splenda angle flawlessly, and that can go a long way with the chicas. Face it, neither of these troupes stand a chance riding solo. Together, they make magic. Work it, boys.
Megan Fox: Jessica Rabbit
If there’s one thing these temptresses know how to do, it’s rock the smoldering stare. With the bat of an eyelash, Megan and Jessica can each have men falling all over themselves. Being beautiful isn’t always easy, though. Sometimes there’s a price — as Jessica would say, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”
Three things these rockers have in common: Glamour, Fashion and Fame. Though Jem was a little before Rihanna’s time, we definitely could see some daring style parallels between these scene stealers. That is, if Jem updated her look by about 25 years.
What say you, readers? Who did you choose for your favorite characters? More importantly, any glaring celebrity-to-cartoon parallels we missed?