I finally got a response from David and Elizabeth Lawson, the Utah couple selling Barack Obama Sock Monkeys.
Thank you for your email and your forthright feedback. No, this is not a joke, and our intention is not to offend.
Our objective is three fold:
1} Provide a cuddly toy for the millions of Obama fans to take a little piece of their favorite candidate home with them.
2} Have a means for children to become a part of the political process with a cuddly plush toy all their own.
3| Contribute a pivotal article of presidential election memoribilia.
After test marketing our product, we found a majority of our customer base finds our plush toy fun and loveable.
By virtue of our plush toy now temporarily out of stock, we’ve had to expedite a new order of inventory to meet the needs of our customers who want TheSockObama.
Joseph, again we thank you and appreciate your interest in the TheSockObama.
Dave & Ellee
The thing that really struck me here was #3. A pivotal article of presidential election memoribilia?
I’ll have to agree with them here. People will be talking about this cuddly, racist toy for years to come.
Maybe they’ll even put it in a museum along side toys like this big-lipped african native halloween mask from the 50s and this oh-so-cute sambo-eating-a-watermellon bank.
By any standard, representing America’s soon-to-be first black president as a floppy eared, big-lipped monkey in a suit IS racist.