Ty Inc.’s Sasha and Malia Dolls

Posted on January 23, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Malia & Sasha Dolls

Malia & Sasha Dolls

Ty Inc., the company best known for Beanie Babies, has gotten really creative.  They introduced the Sasha and Malia dolls this month.  Made in the likeness (allegedly) of the daughters of President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama, these dolls are members of their Ty Girlz collection.  Mrs. Obama is not having it.  But can you blame her?

I have three thoughts about these dolls.

First, these girls are children.  Malia and Sasha are 10 and 7 years old, respectively.  This is exploitation at its worst.  And why does the Malia doll look like she has breasts?  She’s a kid!!!

Second, Jenna Bush, Barbara Bush, Chelsea Clinton, or any of the other first children never had such “honors” in their names?  Why were dolls made of these young people?  Was it because of their age?  Or their color?  Hey, I’m just asking.  I don’t think anyone ever tried to profit from the Kennedy kids on this level.

Third, if Malia and Sasha were not in the spotlight, would Ty Inc. feel that they were worthy of duplication?  Probably not.  I have to go back to my initial point: they are kids!  They should be protected as much as possible by any means necessary.

To me, this issue is bigger than about Ty Inc. not getting the permission to create the dolls.  It’s about putting a price tag on somebody’s children. I don’t care whose babies they are.  I personally feel that children are too valuable to put a price on.  So, to the creative geniuses at Ty Inc.: Sasha and Malia are NOT for sale!

Read more at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-talk-tygirlzjan22,0,5205363.story,.
The photo was duplicated from the same article.

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