Barbie Rips Rocker
Well, we haven’t had a good rock and roll lawsuit lately and at first glance, this one seemed shaky.
Mattel made a series of Barbie dolls for the Hard Rock Cafe. Patricia Day of the band Horrorpops says Barbie copped her look. Sounds a little screwy until we find that Mattel did license images for other dolls…
In a lawsuit filed last week in Indiana District Court, Day says that Mattel got licenses from Harry, Jett and Lauper but failed to get her consent, an omission that she claims was not coincidental at all. One of the Barbie dolls in its hard rock line looked very much like her appearance on the band’s “Hell Yeah!” album, she says, although the doll in question doesn’t refer to Patricia Day by name.
Day says that her artistic efforts over her career were meant to express “her desire to redefine women’s roles in the rock ‘n roll scene — a vision that runs contrary and antithetical to everything for which Mattel’s Barbie doll line stands.”
Let’s take a look…
Maybe Mattel should do a “Music Lawyer Ken” doll. Maybe if they did, Ms. Day wouldn’t find the whole thing so “antithetical”.