In 2011, a Barbie doll modeled after Elly May Clampett from “The Beverly Hillbillies” — a television series that ran from 1962-1971 — may not have seemed like the most obvious Christmas gift, but the doll sure did stir up some controversy. Donna Douglas, the actress who played Elly May, only recently settled a suit with Mattell, as she was upset that they used her likeness for the Barbie without her permission.
The production of such an outdated character doll puzzled us a bit, so we did a little digging into 5 other bizarre doll options:
“Grease” Cha Cha doll: This will go over well. “They were all out of Sandy, Rizzo, and Frenchie, honey… but we got you creepy Cha Cha!”
Amy Winehouse doll: Winehouse herself petitioned Mattel for the doll during a particularly lucid period in 2009, but it never worked out, despite the fact that Winehouse had recently invested in breast implants. Still, fans made great likenesses of her doll.
’80s Cher doll: If we could turn back tiii-ooome, we’d stop Cher from ever making this music video.
Tim McGraw doll: When we think Tim McGraw, we think of Taylor Swift’s favorite song… not of an obvious contender for plastic immortality. Though, come to think of it, he would make an excellent handsome stranger to come into town and seduce Barbie away from Ken for one passionate night before vanishing into the sunset. (What? Isn’t that how all little girls play with their Barbies?)
Dancing With the Stars Barbie: For every little girl whose Chaz Bono Barbie has nobody to dance with.