Sasha and Malia Obama Dolls: Cool or Crass?

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Well, looks like Mom-in-Chief Michelle Obama has her protective mama bear work cut out for her. Beanie Babies Doll makers Ty, Inc. have recently released "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia" dolls, presumably based on the first daughters. Adorable little things they are--both the girls and the dolls--but the latter isn't exactly making the first lady that happy.

 

Last week Michelle Obama's spokeswoman, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, explained how the first lady feels about new dolls which share her daughters' names. "We believe it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes," Lelyveld said in a statement.

On one hand, the idea of the dolls seems innocent enough, but on the other, when you really think about it, would you want your children's names and likenesses marketed to the world without your permission? Hmmm, that feels a little exploitive to me. Ty Inc. is now denying that the dolls are based on the Obama girls but, come on, really now?

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Trixi... Trixiebelle2

The Obamas were happy to expose their children to the world during the campaign and the victory parties. I say if Ty Inc. makes money and creates a few jobs, it is all good. Kids need more minority dolls.

RanaA... RanaAurora

I think they're cute, and I understand little girls having someone to look up to... but I also understand Michelle saying she didn't want her daughters exploited like that.


I really don't care either way, because I see both sides of it.

RanaA... RanaAurora

The Obamas were happy to expose their children to the world during the campaign and the victory parties.Trixiebelle2


There's a difference between your children being at events with you, and being made into commercial dolls.

madam... madamekatekate

They are adoreable there's no doubt about that.


But I think Ty really should have consulted the Obamas first since they are making these dolls from their children's likenesses.


I'd be freaked out if I found someone was making dolls of my daughter with speaking to me first.

madam... madamekatekate

**without speaking to me first.


Oops!


 

BigMo... BigMommaJesca

I say crass.  Totally.  I'm really glad Michelle turned this down.  These girls aren't Hannah Montana.  They're not seeking out fame; they're just along for the ride. 

fmchavez fmchavez

didn't anyone else notice that these dolls are sexualized? They have breasts! For being in the likeness of the Obama girls, it's sickening.

beara... bearandtreemom

I too think it is exploitive that Ty released these dolls. And on top of that I think it is out of line that they produced these without the concent of the Obama family.

Libra... LibraryLady200

Every time I was in a store I saw magazines with the girls' pictures on the cover - approved by their parents. If they put them out there when they needed them for the campaign then they will pay the consequences when they won.


Sorry girls, it comes with the territory.

4kids... 4kids1970

..... I think they should have asked her permission. I am all for minority dolls but to use those names yes i am sure there are other little girls with the same name but come on......it relates to the obama's. maybe they should try another name.

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