The fact that this happened is equal parts depressing and hilarious
I was today years old when I discovered that there was once an American riot over Cabbage Patch Kids in the 80s.
This odd chapter will be explored in a new series entitled The Dolls on HBO produced by our glow up idol Issa Rae, most known for creating Insecure, and Laura Dern from Big Little Lies. As Hollywood Reporter revealed, the show chronicles “the aftermath of Christmas Eve riots in two small Arkansas towns in 1983, riots which erupted over Cabbage Patch Dolls”.
In 1983, Cabbage Patch Kids were hot property. The supply was dwarfed by the demand, and with stockings to fill parents actually fought each other in retail stores like Sears, J.C. Penney, Kmart, and Macy’s. People actually hit, shoved, trampled and attacked each other with baseball bats in order to get those ugly puffy-cheeked dolls.
The Dolls will be an irreverent look at privilege, race, and “what it takes to be a ‘good mother’”. It’s safe to predict that somewhere there will be the inference that you shouldn’t allow your children to get so spoilt you’re forced to throw punches in your local supermarket over a doll.
The show’s synopsis has drawn parallels between the Black Friday riots of recent years, in which people were so desperate to get their hands on a bargain that they turned on their fellow man. In this clip, a woman is knocked to the ground so hard that she loses her wig. Unfortunately, if we continue to allow status in society to be determined by your ability to acquire material possessions, you get riots over deals and dolls.
Watch below for an archive news report that confirms that capitalism only brings out the worst in us: