When you were a little kid, did you ever notice how the action figure for movies looked nothing like the actor it was supposed to represent?
Luke Skywalker looked like a brainless, brooding thug from New Jersey, for example.
Well, I recently saw a new example of this, but this time it was much worse.
I was looking at Christmas ornaments and saw a series of ornaments, which depicted a select group of NASCAR drivers. None of the faces looked like the faces of the drivers represented on each ornament.
In fact, all of the faces looked exactly the same. Every face was that of Kyle Busch, who didn't have his own ornament in the display. I'm not just talking about the fact that every driver was shown wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. I mean the cheeks looked the same, and everything.
It would appear the company who made the ornaments is either a big Kyle Busch fan, or the driver was used as the model for the ornament line.
It came off as Kyle Busch dressed up as Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne.
Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was Kyle Busch with a mustache.
Come on guys. I know Busch is a popular driver and all, but seriously. Do you need to alter the faces of all the other drivers to look like him?
This is like when the small G.I. Joe action figures (not the big dolls from the 1960s and 1970s) came out in the early 1980s. Almost every G.I. Joe had the same body, but a different head.
In the case of these ornaments, however, it's slightly reversed. The body is slightly different so that, even though Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Sr., both have their arms crossed in the same way, Earnhardt's legs are designed to look a little longer than the ones on Stewart.
The face is pretty much the same on every ornament, though.
Now in my opinion, this is wrong on two levels. On one level, it shows a bit of laziness on the part of the company producing the ornaments. They didn't bother to make each ornament look like the driver represented.
On the other hand, there is just something wrong with putting Kyle Busch's face on Dale Earnhardt's body, and trying to pass it off as Dale Earnhardt. In the NASCAR universe, I think this counts as being sacrilegious or something to the effect.
You know what, though, this isn't limited to just the NASCAR ornaments. How many times have you seen an ornament, which is supposed to depict a sports figure, movie star, or fictional character, but the creator just got it all wrong.
I got a Michael Vick ornament a few years ago (yeah, yeah, I know). It depicted him running as he prepared to throw the football. What it actually looked like was Hannibal Lecter with a very dark tan. He looked like an evil monster ready to jump off the Christmas tree and unleash harm on anything in his path.
The same can be said for those little salt and pepper shakers designed to look like male and female pilgrims.
These salt and pepper shakers have the stereotypical features of Asians: the squinty, slanted eyes. I'm not sure where to begin with this one, though. The racist depiction of Asians, or the historical inaccuracy of the image.
As I recall from school, there were no Asians present at the first Thanksgiving.
Indians and pasty, white people? Yes.
In closing, I would like to see people show some more originality in the future. Try to keep depictions of people close to their actual image. It's not too much to ask for. I say, a little accuracy would be nice.
Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.