From USA Today:
NEW YORK — Toy maker Mattel isn’t amused by a model’s pornographic play on the name of its clean-cut Barbie dolls.
Mattel went to court Tuesday to complain that the website of an adult entertainer named China Barbie has tried to benefit from the success of the 48-year-old line of dolls. They include Barbie’s sister, Skipper, her best friend, Midge, and Skipper’s boyfriend, Kevin.
The lawsuit said Global China Networks used a domain name containing the word “barbie” in a “bad faith attempt to profit from Mattel’s Barbie trademarks” and had damaged Mattel’s good name.
But…but….but….Barbie doesn’t have a…well, you know! I guess some people aren’t picky.
Of course, it could be much worse. At least that China Barbie is of the unleaded variety.
From the International Herald Tribune:
BEIJING: Chinese manufacturers and American toy giant Mattel Inc. are both responsible for recent recalls of millions of lead-tainted toys worldwide, a Chinese official said in an interview published Wednesday.
Li Zhuoming, executive vice chairman of the Guangdong Provincial Toy Industry Association, said blame “cannot be pushed to either side” in the recent recalls, which included popular Sesame Street, Barbie and Polly Pocket products made in the province.
“The producers are responsible because they do not have tight controls over purchasing and production,” Li was quoted as saying in the state-run Guangzhou Daily newspaper. “But the buyer Mattel cannot evade responsibility.”
Robert Eckert, Mattel’s chairman and CEO, last week defended the measures the company has taken to ensure the safety of its toys, saying he was “disappointed in what has occurred and what has transpired.”
China’s goods have come under intense scrutiny in recent months after toxic chemicals were found in exports ranging from toothpaste to seafood and pet food ingredients.
On Tuesday, China’s ambassador to the United States defended the quality of Chinese products and blamed the press for “churning up agitating stories.”
“By and large, the quality of Chinese products and the safety of the food made in China are reliable,” Zhou Wenzhong said in a speech to the World Affairs Council of Oregon.
Also Wednesday, a distributor announced a recall in Australia and New Zealand of Chinese-made blankets found to contain high levels of formaldehyde, a potentially cancer-causing chemical preservative that gives a permanent press effect to clothes.