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Posted by on Feb 3, 2009 in Arts & Entertainment, Politics, Society | 1 comment

No Sasha & Malia Dolls, Lego NYC & An Artist Betrays Her Gay Subjects

The Caucus says the Sasha and Malia dolls are no more:

White House officials were very, very pleased on Tuesday after learning that the company that makes Beanie Babies had decided to stop selling its Sweet Sasha and Marvelous Malia dolls.

A spokeswoman for First Lady Michelle Obama had protested that the dolls were inappropriately using “young, private citizens for marketing purposes,” even though the company, Ty Inc., insisted that the dolls were not intended to depict the Obama girls, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.

Still, the brown-skinned, brown-eyed dolls clearly bore something of a passing resemblance to the first daughters. On Tuesday, the company’s Web site included pictures of the two dolls beneath a red sign that read “Retired.” Tania Lundeen, a spokeswoman for Ty Inc., did not return several calls for comment.

Jammin’ Jenna, Happy Hillary, Precious Paris and Bubbly Britney will go on.

Also from the Times, illustrator Christoph Niemann’s Lego longing for NYC from a cold Berlin winter. You really want to go see the entire collection. A couple of favorites to tempt you:

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She’s full of it

Maureen Mullarkey is the aptronymically-named artist who uses gay parade imagery because parades are boring, “But when the majorette is a middle-aged man in a tutu and sneakers you know you are not in Kansas and you might want to stay awake.”

She gave a $1,000 donation to pass Proposition 8:

When asked how she could have donated money to fight gay marriage after making money from her depictions of gays, she just said, ‘So?…If you write that story, I’ll sue you.’

Via Towleroad.

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