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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Get Over It Michelle!!

They haven't even been in the White House a week, and Michelle Obama is already bitching about a toy company.

Michelle Obama: 'Inappropriate' to use daughters to sell dolls

WASHINGTON (CNN) – They’ve been in the White House less than a week, but the first daughters have already been co-opted by marketers — and Michelle Obama isn’t happy about it.

Ty, the toy company responsible for the popular Beanie Babies dolls, is now marketing “Sweet Sasha” and “Marvelous Malia” dolls.

The first lady’s office said Friday Ty was out of line. “We feel it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes,” said a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama in a statement.

A Ty representative told CNN the company generally avoids naming dolls for “any particular living individual,” because doing so might interfere with how kids use their imaginations to play with them. But they wouldn’t reveal the source of their inspiration for the new figures, telling CNN that information relating to the development of the company’s merchandise — including how it comes up with products, product names, and trademarks – is proprietary.

What the hell is her problem? She can't sue the company for anything. These dolls look nothing like her daughters, so she can't claim that TY stole their likeness. They haven't promoted these dolls as being that of Sasha and Malia Obama. She can't sue because of the names. What is she going to do? Copyright their names so that nobody can ever use the name, or name their children Sasha and Malia? Talk about being on a fucking ego trip!!

The Obamas have had no problem exploiting their children. They talk about wanting to keep them out of the public eye. But they're constantly paraded out in front of the cameras. You don't hear them bitching about the exploitation of Barack Obama's image on everything from earrings and candles to clothing and more.

God forbid that a toy company decides to make two African American dolls!! Who the hell is it hurting? Nobody!! Yet TY is accused of exploiting the Obama children.

If the Obamas were getting a cut of the profits, would Michelle Obama be bitching?


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