We Have Roughly 600 Questions About This New Idris Elba Doll, and So Does the Internet
Since we can't seem to have one quiet week without something ridiculous happening, this collection of days has been brought to you by a very unfortunate new doll that's supposed to be Idris Elba. Yes, the beautiful actor only just became People's Sexiest Man Alive, but you know what they say: every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In this case, it's a 17-inch figurine, reportedly created by a British handcrafted doll manufacturer named Emperis. (We couldn't find the doll on their site, but given the nature of this news event, you can probably venture a guess as to why that is.) Oh, and it's apparently being priced at $1,100 (£850)?!
Naturally, as the internet is wont to do, the doll was quickly turned into a social media conversation. Most commentators were simply trying to figure out who the doll looks like, since it's decidedly not Idris Elba. Solid ideas included Aladdin's villain Jafar, Montel Williams, and William from This Is Us. But the most popular suggestion was Romany Malco, best known for his roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Think Like a Man, and Night School. He was so inundated with tweets that he actually responded, several times over. We still have no word from Idris, though. In the meantime, you can see what Romany and the rest of the internet shade-masters had to say.