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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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Amy January 23, 2009, 7:54 PM

As for the question, I think it is wrong without the consent of ANY PARENT, not just the President’s and First Lady!

SxyBhFan January 23, 2009, 7:55 PM

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

SxyBhFan January 23, 2009, 7:59 PM

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

Marlene January 23, 2009, 8:04 PM

If the dolls were made in America by a non-profit folk art group that said they would give the profits to a charity, I would be behind the manufacture of these dolls. But these dolls will be made in Asia by women who make very little money and who work in factories under bad labor conditions. A doll symbolizing the President’s daughters should be American made!

Linda January 23, 2009, 8:04 PM

Even though it was a nice jester to make toys after the girls, I do agree that permission should of been obtained before marketing this to the world. Mrs. Obama is correct in saying that it’s wrong to profit off of children, not only hers but all children in the world, no matter what company it’s.

Karen January 23, 2009, 9:33 PM

This is a free country. We have the right to prosper. They have not broken any laws. They saw an opportunity and took it. The first family is all about freedom of choice such as sexual orientation, abortion, etc…and they feel like thier daughters are being exploited? people are going to profit in some way from the stem cell research the obamas are in favor of at the cost of a human life and they are worried about a dumb dolls name?

Anonymous January 23, 2009, 9:38 PM

All the mother is doing is giving free publicity to the dolls. If she never mentioned it, they wouldnt be getting so much attention. Now, I am sure they are flying off the shelf. I am sure the toy company appreciates her free advertising. She should have been quite.

JackieO January 23, 2009, 11:31 PM

Why is this important? By the way, it is true Michelle Obama is an attorney and a mother, however, she cannot practice law. Facts, always remember to get them straight lest you make a fool of yourself.

whutevea January 23, 2009, 11:57 PM

omg are you kidding me? who cares about these dolls? they do not represent the Prez children. The children are AA and these dolls just have a tan. and for everyone wanting to give this president respect i hope you gave the last president the same respect its the office. i didn’t think so.

Vita David January 24, 2009, 12:06 AM

Of course someone had to bring up the black/white issue and make a tremendous deal out of it, It is clearly a toy company making money, and no there is not any patent on those names, I understand how the First Lady feels, those are her and the Presidents children, and they should of had gotten permission, but I am sure it is all legal, as far as the racist comments from Paulette, I think you should chill out, and take a step back and think about the way you are thinking and writing, the man has been President for only a few days, if this is how you are going to be with everything, you need to take a big deep breath and think in a very different direction.

LWM January 24, 2009, 12:30 AM

Private citizens?
I think the night Michelle marched those two little girls out on the stage with her and beamed as they carried on a cutesey conversation with the image of their father on the big-screen, in front of a world-wide audience, she pretty well stripped them of their “private citizen”ship! (Similar to Joe the Plumber’s experience.)

Peter January 24, 2009, 12:42 AM

I don’t blame Mrs. Obama. Where does Ty get off knocking off the small children of our new President and First Lady. These children have the right to their childhood to be as normal as possible which is what I have gathered the Obama’s are trying to do. These little girls are off limits as Sarah Palin’s kids should have been off limits. This should be against the law.

Anonymous January 24, 2009, 3:16 AM

This is totally wrong. Why is it now that these two dolls come out, these ulgy dolls does not and never will look like the obama girls. I can’t beleive that some people would feel this way. Total “Ignorance”. Whom ever agrees with this in any way shape form or fashion is ignorant. You would feel the same way if it was your children, those little girls are beautiful , but keep messing with Attorney Obama, she is not to be played with lightly when it comes to her children. Why would anyone want to make a profit off the presidents children, no other presidents children has been done this way. Give this family respect as the other 43 presidents got there’s.

Mrs. Crisp January 24, 2009, 11:18 AM

First all I am white so please leave the black/white issue out of the picture. The dolls are just plain ugly and the President Obama’s kids are as cute as can be. If the first lady had said nothing about these dolls hardly anyone would of known about them. So in my opinion she gave FREE advertising to the toy company and now the whole world knows. She has put her children in the spot light of America, now she is going to have to learn to deal with it. For those of you who voted - Obama may or may not of been your choice, but he is our new President so America must learn to like it or deal with it. I pray the black and white communities will continue to live and work together, but since the election I have seen such a change in the work place and in public places. My dream is as Martin Luther King’s was — We all need to be treated fair and equal and live together in peace.

Momma D January 24, 2009, 2:58 PM

Anything for a dollar! How disrespectful! There is no resemblance between these VERY UNATTRACTIVE DOLLS and the Obama girls. People, please, please do not buy these dolls.

Anonymous January 24, 2009, 3:11 PM

Someone said President Obama is about Joining not separating. This was said w/out attention attention to what President Obama clearly speaks of “joining.” What the President talks of “joining” is, in a word: integrity.

Where’s the integrity in exploiting children(for apparent dollar profits)—-with or without parental consent. Where’s the integrity of defending such exploitation with excuses such as the child should be grateful or complimented that the exploitation makes a public spectacle out of their personal names or whatever. Where’s the integrity in claiming that the ability to do anything one can do is justification for doing it. Where’s the integrity in confusing the public spotlight with the absence of rights—-such as the right to dignified respect in your both your public and private personhood. Where’s the integrity in a corporate leadership that models and motivates any of the callousness and greedess and selfishness promoted by the posters here that want to defend the exploitation. Eisenhower is one among many who’ve said that leadership is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. It’s partly in this context that we should bein to assess big corporate conduct—-if we are to join the Obama’s in trying to protect our National and individual integrity.

Anonymous January 24, 2009, 3:28 PM

Hey, listen to this: One poster comments that the First Lady oughta censure her big mouth about her displeasure with the exploitation if she don’t like the exploitation, since her own comments make more public notice about the exploitation which the poster feels is good pubicity for the exploitation. Now, in case you are still looking for sensible logic from this poster, here’s another “logial” thing s/he says: “First of I am white so please leave the black/white issue out of the picture.” Hmmmm. So, by first telling that s/he’s “white,” on a board where race is no identiity tied to any poster unless claimed, that poster thinks we assume s/he has some innate authority with which to dictate how the rest of us should post about issues and ourselves. What an ordinary pain that whole mentality is.

Anonymous January 24, 2009, 3:43 PM

I agree with the poster who said “anything for a dollar! How disrespectful!” Eisenhower and other speakers do come to mind as they say any persons or corporation that values cash and privilege above essential principles will soon lose both. Indeed, like Momma D., plenty of people will say do not buy these dolls. A dollar earned by greed is not worth the integrity it costs.

Linda January 24, 2009, 6:03 PM

Actually I know several Malias and several Sashas and considering that it usually takes more than a year to market a doll I doubt the dolls are actually named for the Obama’s children. In any case those little girls ceased to be private citizens when their father decided to run for president. Their mother needs to get over it.

Karen N January 24, 2009, 7:17 PM

I just thought it funny that Ty said the names were not inspired by the Obama girls. Oh really? Have you been making BROWN dolls w/ETHNIC type names? Just wondering. The Obamas want to keep their kids safe from media scrutiny, which is pretty-much out the window considering their new address, but as a mom I feel Mama Obama’s pain. Those little Obama girls’ pictures are EVERYWHERE. Ty could have just created the dolls and called them two very ordinary names and people would have gotten the hint and I would have purchased one for my brown daughter, but because they chose to LIE about the dolls I will not be using my money to help exploit the President’s babies.


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