Friday, January 23, 2009

I call bullshit on Beenie Baby makers

How stupid do they think people are? Michelle Obama disapproves of dolls' likeness to daughters and the company has the nerve to state that they are not naming the two dolls, “Sweet Sasha” and “Marvelous Malia” after the Obamas children and that it's just some strange coincidence that not only did they pick the same names but they made the dolls have dark skin.
Ty released the 12-inch dolls as part of the company’s “TyGirlz Collection.” The Sasha doll has pigtails and wears a white and pink dress with hearts. The Malia doll has a side ponytail and a long-sleeve shirt with capri pants.

The Oak Brook-based company chose the names because “they are beautiful names,” not because of any resemblance to Malia and Sasha Obama, said spokeswoman Tania Lundeen.

“There’s nothing on the dolls that refers to the Obama girls,” Lundeen said. “It would not be fair to say they are exact replications of these girls. They are not.”

I not only agree with the statement released from Michelle Obama, that it was “inappropriate to use young, private citizens for marketing purposes” but I think anyone who buys one or both of these dolls is creepy and is demonstrating they have no respect for their right to exist without being used as some type of a cheap marketing gimmick to get people to buy a product.

It should be up to the Obama family if they want their children's likeness and their names used in that type of a fashion and I hope they have their lawyers step in, before we are hit with the wave of Malia and Sasha products...

The Ty company earns a place in the "asshat" category over this one...

3 comments:

Jason said...

Do you think anyone bought the story that it they were just great names?

Lisa Renee said...

Well, so far no one has dared to comment here in favor of it. We'll see...

:-)

Robin said...

The timing of the release of the dolls speaks more of just coincidence.