Digital Media Center
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Gate 61
920 Paul Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0370
(800) 654-4262

© 2024 Alabama Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
WHIL is off the air and WUAL is broadcasting on limited power. Engineers are aware and working on a solution.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival Enter for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Mexican audiences started a trend of throwing stuffed toys at performers


Music fans in Mexico are throwing things at artists, but they aren't getting hurt. In fact, the artists welcome it because the objects are small stuffed toys. Jeanette Hernandez is a freelance culture writer who follows all things in Latin pop culture.

JEANETTE HERNANDEZ: It started out what seemed like a joke to actually something that got caught on from the Mexican audience to what we're seeing now even here in the U.S.


The trend crossed the border, and plush toys are soaring onto stages in El Paso, Texas, too. The phenomenon also has made it to Canada, where a plushie struck Lady Gaga in the face during a concert in Toronto.


LADY GAGA: (Singing) I can't remember, but it's all right, all right - just dance.

MARTÍNEZ: She laughed it off and just danced.

MARTIN: This all started last year, apparently, when a fan through a Dr. Simi doll at Norwegian singer Aurora during a festival in Mexico City.


AURORA: (Singing) But I don't need a cure for me.

MARTIN: She hugged the stuffed mascot, a video went viral and the rest is history.

MARTÍNEZ: Dr. Simi is the friendly face of the Mexican generic drug pharmacy chain Farmacias Similares.

HERNANDEZ: It's basically like a huge mascot always outside their door and just promoting this very, like, likeable mascot that's always giving high fives and very friendly to whoever passes by.

MARTIN: Now, music fans are altering the Dr. Simi dolls to make them look like their favorite artists, leaving notes on his arms, legs and white coat. So far, the celebrities don't seem bothered by the flying stuffies. But if you are so inspired to hock one at your favorite singer, don't aim for their heads.

(SOUNDBITE OF ANAMANAGUCHI'S "PLANET") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

News from Alabama Public Radio is a public service in association with the University of Alabama. We depend on your help to keep our programming on the air and online. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.