Toy Company Renames Malia, Sasha Dolls
02/04/2009 AT 10:05 AM EST
The $9.95 dolls, introduced earlier this month, shall henceforth be called "Marvelous Mariah" and "Sweet Sydney," the toy company's CEO Ty Warner, of Ty Inc., said in a statement. Profits from the sale of the two dolls are also being donated to charity, the Associated Press reports.
At the time the original dolls were released, Michelle Obama's press secretary, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, said in a statement, "We feel it is inappropriate to use young, private citizens for marketing purposes."
Warner had insisted the dolls were never intended to be representative of Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, Obama. In his statement announcing the new name on Tuesday, however, he said the shift was made in deference to the First Family, AP reports.
– Stephen M. Silverman
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