Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sweet Sasha and Marvelous Malia

Some more Obama news. A toy company has launched dolls named 'Sweet Sasha' and 'Marvelous Malia'. The Sasha doll has pigtails and wears a white and pink dress with hearts. The Malia doll has a side ponytail and a long-sleeve shirt with capri pants.

Michelle Obama has termed the launch of these dolls as inappropriate: "We feel it is inappropriate to use young, private citizens for marketing purposes." The doll manufacturing company, however, said these dolls are not based on Obama's girls and are not a replica of the First Daughters - rather the names were chosen because they're beautiful... Other dolls in the collection include Lindsay, Paris and Hillary. 

What do you think? Completely inappropriate or just some random dolls?


Shiko-Msa said...

Someone will soon come up with a replica of the girls. I hope they can handle the idolization. It'd be too sad to see them morph into brats. But they seem to have a strong mum and dad to steer them through such.

odegle said...

given my little knowledge of America, I think Michele is wasting her precious time complaining about these things. The worst is yet to come. wait until they start making lewd dolls or movies with these girls replicas. The first lady should just focus on protecting her kids and strengthening them instead of trying to control 300 + million naughty Americans. These are simply perils of the high office

Digzer said...

I'm with Shiko - Michelle looks like a tough cookie when it comes to protecting her family. They'll be alright.

Mama said...

Aiii that Sasha girl is truly sweet and so is Malia, nevertheless I don't like the idea of dolls being made in the image of the girls at all. I hate that American idolization culture, can't they just leave people be?

Thank goodness for tough mothers like Michelle and like Shiko said, she will certainly steer them through such kind of things.

Harvest Tones said...

(just some random names. No relation..)

I’d love to get a kibaki doll.
That comes with a manual of how to rig a poll.

I’d love to get a little stuffed raila
That I can gag and then tie to a pillar.

The things i’d do to a stuffed murungaru
Like pinch or lynch or perhaps hurl a shoe.

I’d rip the head off my uhuru,
Feed it to the dog then flash him down the loo

Rafiki said...

@ Shiko-Msa: Yeah, let them be children and parents first.

@ odegle: From the look of things, your knowledge of America is not little at all.

@ Digzer: Welcome to the club! Feel free to send in a fan picture... I agree, they will be fine.

@ Mama: You are right, who needs these dolls anyway?

@ Harvest Tones: Hilarious! You really made my day. Somebody should start producing these dolls, I would immediately buy some. Sounds a bit like voodoo by the way.
Please also feel most welcome to the site and feel free to send in a fan picture.

Rombo said...

Ditto Shiko-msa and Digzer: Michelle looks like the kind of Mum to firmly manage any inclination toward brattiness, so there's hope for Malia and Sasha.

As for the names being a coincidence... seriously?

TJ said...

Harvest, thank you very much for thinking all the things my mama taught me not to think about other people. And in a poem, too :)

Our Kid said...

Unacceptable. But Michelle should learn that as long as you are in the public eye, you invite all these things. Including the dolls. As long as no one uses them as voodoo dolls and sticks pins in them.

@ Harvest Tones. LMAO!!!

Rafiki said...

@ Rombo: There's actually hope for the whole planet now.

@ TJ: We all pray to see more of Harvest Tones soon.

@ Our Kid: Does this voodoo thing actually work? Is it practiced anywhere in Kenya?

neema divine said...

Very inappropriate. Michelle is on point. They will start going like this and who knows what they will come up with next?? Stop!

Rafiki said...

@ neema divine: Good point. I am sure Michelle is reading this blog (although I am still waiting for her fan picture...).