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Michelle Obama Mad about Dolls

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The TyGirlz dolls do NOT have her stamp of approval.

Michelle Obama

Yesterday, we told you about the new dolls bearing the names of Sasha and Malia.

Now we've discovered that First Lady Michelle Obama is not pleased about these dolls one bit.

"We believe it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes," Ms. Obama's spokeswoman said.

Ty Inc. released its "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia" dolls this month. Both dolls have bronze skin and dark hair.

The dolls are part of the Westmont-based toymaker's TyGirlz line. The company is also the creator of Beanie Babies, which have reportedly generated more than $6 billion in sales since their debut in 1994.

Would you be mad about these dolls if you were Michelle? Comment below.

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Are you Crazy January 23, 2009, 4:59 PM

It’s awful. Should be against the law without their parents consent and their mother obviously did not consent. The names should be changed or they should be forced to take the dolls off the market. Idiots.

Rhonda Brown January 23, 2009, 5:03 PM

Yes, I would be upset. Her girls are very pretty and those dolls are really ugly. They should not be able to make a doll and fashion it and name it after a person without that persons permission. Just because there father is the President does not mean that they are public figures. Way to go for standing up for what’s right, Mrs. Obama.

Squalleygirl January 23, 2009, 5:05 PM

The beanie baby dolls do not look like the Obama girls, it’s an insult…..
Pay attention to detail…….

you are crazy January 23, 2009, 5:05 PM

Are those names patented? I dont believe so. Does that mean no one else can name thier children that? Get over it.

R January 23, 2009, 5:07 PM

As much I understand her being upset, the names of her daughters are not copyrighted. The company can use any name they like can’t they?

Blue January 23, 2009, 5:17 PM

I think it is just FABULOUS!!! Shirley Temple had a doll named after her, and EVERYONE wanted one, and i think Ty is a Genius!!!!!

Wouldn’t you love to have a doll named after you? I sure would, It is a big time compliment

K January 23, 2009, 5:20 PM

The dolls dont look anything like those two little girls. After all, this is America. We cant infringe on the toy makers rights can we? They are not advertising them as the obama girls. They have every right to name those dolls anything they want as long as it is not copyrighted.

PJ January 23, 2009, 5:20 PM

FANTASTIC idea!!!! They look really really cute. I want one for my daughter.

Kimberly/Mom in the City January 23, 2009, 5:44 PM

It would have been a nice gesture on the company’s part to get parental approval… perhaps even donating a percentage of sales to a cause that the girls (or their family) are passionate about.

Delilah Goodine January 23, 2009, 5:46 PM

I would be upset to. We are human beings too. not for sale.

No Chance 4 Ignorance January 23, 2009, 5:49 PM

I think that people have the right to make dolls as they please, however I feel that portraying children without the parental consent is not only immoral but also ridiculous. But ignorance seems to be very popular nowadays. God Bless ~

Anonymous January 23, 2009, 5:57 PM

Ignorance is very popular these days. Look at who we elected president. A man with no morals, no religion and no respect for the country in which he lives.

arieana January 23, 2009, 5:58 PM

uh hey bro yall need to chill with alll that nonsense .1st of all i can see why tha fist lady is upset i would be all you peeps thats trippin ned to get off ya high horse .
thanz i am 13 yrs old and if you gotta some n to say let it be known

j January 23, 2009, 6:01 PM

Do you consider them private citizens now that they are in the national spotlight? Look at how the public treats other well known people’s kids.

Anonymous January 23, 2009, 6:23 PM

making money off kids without the parents consent to me is a no no. who benefits from the dolls? the kids arent getting any money from this.

baltimore January 23, 2009, 6:26 PM

She’s a mother and an attorney. I trust her judgment.

Paulette January 23, 2009, 6:52 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen

It behooves me to understand why CLEAR PEOPLE (White Society) think they can profit from marketing from the family of the highest office in this land.

I have never seen the Bush, Kennedy, or Johnson children depicted in any marketing schemes while their parents were in office. So why disrespect President & First Lady Obama’s children. These dolls don’t even look like the Obama children. Don’t think we are stupid, the names Malia and Sasha did not become known until President Obama ran for office. This just proves what I have felt all the time; racism is still alive in America and you think that African Americans don’t realize it when we see and hear it.

Society needs to take Blacks serious; we will not accept what our grandparents and parents put up with. It’s a new season, and we are here to stay. I will write letters every day to break down the walls of racism as I have since 1960’s.

Thank you, First Lady Obama for protecting your children from being exploited by the establishment.

And while I have your attention, it is time for the all the Media, News Reporters, and Talk Show Hosts to begin to address the first family with respect. His mane is President Obama just as you did with all the other 43 Presidents in office before him. Don’t think it goes unnoticed; I am very very displeased with the lack of respect President Obama is receiving. He has earned the title and all its amenities and should be addressed accordingly by ALL the people.

Brandy January 23, 2009, 6:56 PM

Really take a look at the underlying issues surrounding this action on Tyinc. 1. “Sasha” and “Malia” are not common names used by any doll making company. Regardless of whether the young girls’ names are copyrighted or not this is a tactic 2. This is a ploy for the company to make money (yes the toy industry is about making money, not bringing joy to the lives of children), the company is utilizing the excitement and iconic, historical moments to entise people to spend, spend, spend 3. Brittney, Mylie Cyrus, Hilary Duff gave consent for using thier names and images in doll form, let’s AT LEAST give the young, innocent girls’ of the first family and their mother the same respect!

Amy January 23, 2009, 7:51 PM

Paulette, why are you making this a white and black issue? Clearly President Obama is about Joining not separation!

SxyBhFan January 23, 2009, 7:52 PM

Actually, Sasha is already a name for a doll ”bratz”.

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