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Dollmaker Ty denied creating Sasha and Malia Obama dolls

In Uncategorized on February 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm

page3dollsMalia and Sasha Obama have been the talk of the town since two dolls were released by the Ty company that makes Beanie Babies. Ty claims that the two dolls are merely a coincidence and that their intention was to release dolls for their Ty Girlz collection and pretend that the likeness and names of the dolls to Sasha and Malia Obama were simply a coincidence. But since the dolls faces have been plastered across the internet, this is far from the end. How could it possibly be a coincidence that two dolls have the same names as the President’s daughters? Ty has some explaining to do.

It is true that the dolls hardly have any resemblance to the Obama girls, even though Ty says that is the definitely the case anyway, but we all know that these dolls were supposed to reflect the two young girls.“Sweet Sasha” and “Marvelous Malia” are the names of the 12 inch dolls and the ONLY dolls in the whole collection that our African American. Hmm, ironic right? Ty stands by their word and holds onto the fact that the playmates are not the Sasha and Malia everyone is thinking of.

“Information concerning the development of our products and how we come up with names, how we select them, how we trademark, that’s considered as proprietary, I can’t go any further with that question,” said Ty Senior Vice President of Sales Tania Lundeen when asked by CNN about the coincidence of the dolls. Lundeen continued to say that “Sasha and Malia are beautiful names that worked well with the dolls we were making.” Is that so?

Well, Ty may think that the dolls are not a big deal, but others are not condoning this product. First lady Michelle Obama’s press secretary Katie McCormick Lelyveld also spoke to CNN about the ordeal. “We feel it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes,” said Lelyveld.

The Ty company’s website has been booming since this whole situation began, and many seem to be interested in finding more information on the dolls that are being sold at $9.99 each. One can only wait and see if the dolls will actually go of stock. So far it is true that the two young girls have some selling power. After the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, Malia and Sasha’s J.Crew coats were on many parents’ minds because they wanted the same winter coats for their daughters. So you can only imagine what these dolls will have parents going nuts for.

The response of these fluffy characters from 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha have not been too good. Many cannot believe the audacity of the Ty company and why this was even done at all despite the company’s denial of what the dolls stand for. Could it be true that the flat faced depiction of the Obama girls is just a coincidence? Or, is it a cheap attempt by Ty to make a few dollars off of two little girls?

Whatever the case, Ty has caused a lot of controversy and this little stunt is not to be forgotten. Maybe the “Sweet Sasha” and “Marvelous Malia” dolls will be a thing of the past like Ty’s precious Beanie Babies. Here today. Gone tomorrow.

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