Earlier this week our nation celebrated as Barack Obama was inaugurated as our 44th president. Liberal or conservative, the country has come together and few would argue that we are all still basking in the glow of an Obama-nation! Unfortunately some people can’t help but exploit the little people.
I’m not talking about another big company pulling a fast one on the common man (although lord knows that’s a frequent occurrence these days). I am talking about the Ty company actually exploiting “little People, as in Sasha and Malia Obama! Apparently, Ty (famous for manufacturing beanie babies) thought no one would notice if they fashioned Sasha and Malia dolls and marketed them to young girls who crave a piece of the famous first daughters.
When pressed, a spokeswoman for the company said:
“There’s nothing on the dolls that refers to the Obama girls, It would not be fair to say they are exact replications of these girls. They are not.”
Is anyone buying this explanation?! Do they really think I am going to believe that they just happened to manufacture two African American dolls named Sasha and Malia at the same time Sasha and Malia Obama stepped onto the national stage? I don’t think so. Apparently, Michelle Obama doesn’t buy it either, stating “it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes.”
Nice try Ty company, but next time… grow a conscience!