American Girl Doll Jokes Are All the Rage

Since 1986, American Girl dolls like Molly McIntire, recognizable by her braids and spherical glasses, and Josefina Montoya, wearing a protracted red-and-blue skirt and moccasins, have transported kids who performed with them to Illinois throughout World War II or to what’s now New Mexico, throughout the early nineteenth century.

Books like “Samantha Helps a Friend” and “Felicity’s Surprise” have functioned as home windows onto historical past for younger readers who eagerly adopted their favourite character’s adventures.

Now, a meme has sprung up on social media during which folks cheekily recommend increasing the historic American Girl doll universe to incorporate different historic dramas, lots of them veering into the absurd.

They start with the phrase “We want an American Girl doll who …” Some fill within the second half with main occasions lined by American textbooks, just like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Others are extra obscure: One meme imagines an American Girl doll who survived the dancing plague of 1518.

Other variations consult with archetypes from current historical past, like an American Girl doll who “is a whistleblower” or one “who scammed millions from investors with the promise of a start-up social membership.”  

A recent meme on the @hellicity_merriman Instagram account, which has turn into a vacation spot of types for folks looking for humorous American Girl content material, options an empty-eyed doll in a bonnet and a protracted blue skirt smiling with an old-timey ship crusing throughout the water behind her. The overlaid textual content says: “We want an american woman doll who was on the mayflower in 1620 however fell off.”

In one other variation, a doll in a beret and Converse sneakers stands in entrance of a pile of detergent packages with the phrases, “we want an american woman doll who ate a tide pod and virtually died.” 

The “extra ironic you could be, the extra we’ve discovered the posts resonate,” stated Barrett Adair, who runs the @hellicity_merriman account with a good friend. The account was created in February and is known as after Felicity Merriman, an American Girl.

The early memes on the @hellicity_merriman account are extra simple, combining pictures of American Girl dolls — symbols of childhood and innocence — with incongruent grown-up ideas like Brazilian butt lifts and OnlyFans, the web site the place some folks promote nude or sexual pictures and movies of themselves.

A multipart collection describes the completely different ways in which American Girl dolls would eat hashish. (Kit Kittredge, from the Nineteen Thirties, would roll joints with Bible papers, and Kirsten Larson, who was a pioneer, would use a pipe made out of a bull horn.)

More not too long ago, the account’s directors determined to experiment with historic memes. They have been impressed after they mirrored on among the American Girl books they liked studying as kids.

Jamie Cygielman, the overall manager of American Girl, stated that the dolls have followers of all ages and that the corporate isn’t shocked “when our followers, particularly those that grew up with the model, proceed to interact and entertain one another in culturally related methods.”

Ms. Adair’s favourite doll, Samantha Parkington, has an adopted sister named Nellie O’Malley who spent her childhood working in a manufacturing facility and as a servant. “The tales are actually bleak,” Ms. Adair stated.

The @hellicity_merriman founders see their feed as “a little bit of an escape.” And that escapism might be particularly necessary for his or her audiences: millennials and Gen Zers who’ve publicly expressed dismay on the crises their generations have lived via within the final couple of years, together with the coronavirus pandemic and the struggle in Ukraine. “It places issues in a little bit of perspective,” Ms. Adair stated.

Since starting to publish its takes on the meme, the @hellicity_merriman account has gained tens of hundreds of latest followers. In the final couple of weeks, its follower rely has grown from about 10,000 to greater than 75,000.

Ms. Adair sees one thing concurrently ironic and empowering in it. Each picture imagines the American Girl dolls surviving extremely hectic, generally catastrophic occasions. Within the world of those memes, there’s nothing the world received’t throw at an American Girl doll, and there’s nothing she will be able to’t do. She, a illustration of the childhoods of numerous ladies, can succeed the place others have failed.

“An American Girl doll will signal the manager order to cancel all pupil debt,” Ms. Adair stated. “It’s come right down to them now.” 



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