Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New Doll Begs, ‘Don’t Tase Me, Bro!’

OXFORD, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A new toy is kicking and screaming into action.

Last September, a University of Florida student was tasered by cops at a John Kerry speech, and his “Don’t tase me bro!” scream became one of the year’s most memorable quotes.

And today (Jan. 23), Connecticut-based toy company Hero Builders is cashing in on the free-speech fiasco with its “Don’t Taz Me Bro” action figure, a 12-inch, $39.95 doll which screams the infamous catchphrase.

The decision to make the plastic protester, however, wasn’t as easy as it sounds.

Company President Emil Vicale says, “A lot of the stuff we do we’re totally conflicted about. I understand freedom of speech, but when they tased him, I thought, ‘This is funny as hell, I can’t not do this.’”

And while Vicale’s devilish dolls include a scandalized Senator Larry Craig model, his morals may be kicking in with his pantiless Britney Spears doll.

Vicale says, “I’m thinking about pulling that one. It’s not even a joke anymore. I’d feel unbelievably bad if something really happened.”

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