The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO is doing a Cabbage Patch Doll-inspired project starring Issa Rae, of Insecure, and Laura Dern, of everything but especially Enlightened (a show I won’t ever let die), will executive produce and star in a limited series for HBO about the Cabbage Patch Doll riots of the early 1980s.
The series will be written by Issa, alongside Insecure writers Laura Kittrell and Amy Aniobi. The series titled The Dolls will be set in 1983 in two small Arkansas towns, and will focus on what happens after a Christmas Eve doll riot. The Dolls will reportedly “explore class, race, privilege and what it takes to be a good mother.”
Xavier Roberts copyrighted his Cabbage Patch Dolls in the late 1970s, but they weren’t a huge, massive hit until they were given a big toy factory makeover in 1982. The Cabbage Patch Dolls we all know hit shelves in America during the holiday season of 1983, and people went wild. It was like as if Black Friday spent the whole day lifting weights and snorting coke, it was that aggressive.
Many stores like J.C. Penney, Sears, and Macy’s all a series of violent customer outbursts over the dolls, especially after upwards of thousands of customers spent time in line waiting for a doll they’d never get. They were called the Cabbage Patch riots, and some even involved weapons, like baseball bats. If Issa and Laura need any present-day references for their project, I suggest they make their way to Calabasas. Because the Cabbage Patch riots sounds a whole lot like the Kardashian compound when there’s only one vial of Botox left.