Blog Posts by Brett Michael Dykes

  • White House mum on new Michelle Obama doll

    Just in time for the holidays--the Michelle Obama doll will debut on Nov. 20, retailing for $12.99. The well-dressed 6-inch action figure is an homage to a fashionable icon, their maker says, but the White House doesn't appear to be making pre-orders. After snubbing some first-family kitsch in the past, Michelle Obama's camp is refusing to comment on her little likenesses.

    The doll's outfits include the red and black dress the first lady wore on the night of the presidential election last November, the purple dress she wore when she and her husband exchanged a fist bump on the campaign trail, and the black and white floral-patterned dress she wore during an appearance on the daytime talk show "The View."

    Made by New York-based toymaker Jailbreak Toys, the dolls will be available for purchase online, at Powell's Books, and in specialty stores across the country, according to Jailbreak vice-president Alyssa Sellers. Sellers told Yahoo! that the company's previous Barack

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  • Image of ultra-thin Ralph Lauren model sparks outrage

    In recent years an ongoing debate has brewed over advertisers and fashion magazines using photographs, particularly photographs of women, that have seemingly been altered, or "retouched," by airbrushing and photo editing software such as Photoshop. The latest such image to cause an uproar is one featured in a new Ralph Lauren advertisement that shows a model, Filippa Hamilton, so emaciated that her waist actually appears to be smaller than her head.

    On September 29th, Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin posted the ad, which originally appeared on a blog dedicated to pointing out suspected retouched images called Photoshop Disasters, with the comment, "Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis." Ralph Lauren responded by filing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint against Boing Boing and Photoshop Disasters, claiming that their use of the image was a copyright infringement that fell outside of the Fair Use laws which allow the media to reproduce creative content for the

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