The trouble with sockmonkeys
June 15, 2008 5 Comments
is that they are usually made to look like socks.
For example, via sockmonkeyfun.com:
these are the kind of sockmonkeys one might find if one googled such a thing.
and then we have this hot new commodity:
From the creators of the SockObama, a bit of a mea culpa:
We simply made a casual and affectionate observation one night, and a charming association between a candidate and a toy we had when we were little.
has anyone ruled out “just plain crazy” as an explanation?
This is only our introductory plush toy. If we choose to move forward with a Republican candidate, we’ll begin with an elongated and slightly lumpy, fuzzy Idaho potato.
because that is funny.
As if there hasn’t been enough coverage of how using images of monkeys to represent the first African-American Presidential candidate from one of the two main parties is unwarranted and incredibly racist, there’s a new company marketing a new Obama-monkey product.
it’s just too soon after this:
(image via Jezebel)
to deviate so far from the standard for sockmonkeys and not expect to make millions off the ensuing uproar free publicity…
UPDATE! Via Jezebel:
On its no-longer-fuctional website, the gentlemen who once wrote, “We wonder now if this might be a great opportunity to take this moment to really try and transcend still existing racial biases,” when people complained that their ObamaMonkey might be ever-so-slightly offensive have issued an apology.
It says, “We are very apologetic to all who were upset by our toy idea. We will not be proceeding with the manufacturing of this toy. Thank you.”
UPDATE! Just kidding! The creators of the SockObama are looking for a new manufacturer, says the Salt Lake Tribune on June 18, 2008:
The statement said the mass production of the doll, and the upcoming Sen. John McCain take – JohnnieMcSock – are canceled. However, that comes because Binkley Toys Inc., the Canadian company originally hired to mass produce the doll, pulled out after receiving multiple e-mails pointing out the racist nature of the doll.
… While West Jordan’s The Sock Obama is issuing refunds to those who had pre-ordered the doll from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, the company hopes to find a new manufacturer for their doll.