Of course, there have been male dolls: Barbie has been tormenting poor Ken with her on-again/off-again coquettish ways for more than 50 years now, and Midge—the devoted second fiddle and vinyl president of BFFs—has been the happily married spouse of Alan since 1991. But none of these guys were ever anything more than plastic human-sized accessories to their more popular and powerful gal pals. Think of them as the vinyl equivalents of Oprah’s Stedman. (And, interestingly, Ken, Alan, and Stedman are all bona fide single-namers. You know instantly who they are!) With 2012, almost halfway over—I know, it doesn’t seem possible—I am proposing a boy doll. Not just any boy doll, but a doll to be the solo sensation of his own clothing line, accessory outlets, and circle of friends. I am nominating the exciting, scintillating Cee Lo Green be made as a full-fledged fashion doll.
Let’s face it: Mr. Green is big stuff when it comes to wearing outlandish and eye-popping attire. The same way that Mattel has had huge success with Cher and other Bob Makcie-inspired ensembles, Cee Lo could raise the bar for outlandish and out-there wardrobe choices.
Over his award-winning, ratings-grabbing, and venue-filling career, he has been swaddled in sequins, festooned with feathers, luxurious in leather, and draped in damask. Not afraid of color—primary, pastel, two-toned, and animal-inspired—Cee Lo rocks whatever he wears. And this year would be a great time to honor him with a doll likeness because he’s landed on the radar of the first-ever “Big Daddy Awards,” an online way to vote for the fathers who have made a difference in the fields of entertainment, politics, business, and in their own backyards.
The 38-year-old Green is a dad and a stepdad—and some Websites suggest he’s even a granddad—and he’s known for his generous, child-friendly ways. He could be a “platform shoe-in” (pardon the pun) for this year’s “Big, Beautiful, Bald Daddy,” the category he seems to have been born to own.
What would be great about a Cee Lo Green line of dolls is that the designers could meticulously copy what he’s worn in actuality, or could imagine even more garish get-ups, and he wouldn’t mind! Plus, like all good Barbies before him, he’s a pet lover, too. Just like Barbie has played the role of vet or has been packaged with all breeds of felines and canines, Cee Lo has made a point of appearing on his show “The Voice” with a fluffy, gorgeous, completely spoiled cat known as “Purrfect.” And to top off the insanity of wanting to appear like a real-life Bond Villain on a weekly basis—that’s the reason behind his decision to sit and stroke the feline—Purrfect isn’t even his real cat! He rents it for the show’s tapings. Unbelievable, eccentric, and just so Cee Lo. (Music fans, look for a remix of the “Meow Mix” jingle, courtesy of Cee Lo and Purrfect. I kid you not.)
In addition to the animal accessories that could come with Mr. Green, there are also his band of friends: Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae, and naturally the co-judges from “The Voice.” There are so many people who have dueted with Green or have appeared with him at various red-carpet events that he could have his own coterie of superfriends.
Now, for anyone who thinks that all of this is too frivolous and just all too froufrou, Cee Lo can also appeal to the more macho members of the doll-collecting world. Any man’s man who liked GI Joe, Cee Lo is your guy as well. He’s worn camouflage to premieres, but it’s been cut to fit and tapered across the shoulder. And though the Cee Lo doll wouldn’t sport a “kung fu grip,” like the “Real American Hero” did, his doll could come with an embedded music chip that wails “Kung Fu Fighting,” the theme song he crooned for the “Kung Fu Panda” film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OpPwcM_NJw
Will Mattel make my 2012 wish come true? Who knows? They might see Cee Lo Green as a temporary trend, a fleeting bolt of lightning captured in a bottle. But even if his current success is a flash in the pan, what a flashy pan it is! If a line of Green merchandise wouldn’t bring in the green, then perhaps some innovative artist could come up with a paper doll version. Not as sensational as an action figure or a fashion doll, but still a cut-out version would be a fabulous tribute to this ever charismatic cut-up. If not, well, forget you!