Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Crazy for You...

The teddy bear costs $69.95, it's bound snugly-wugly in a straight jacket, and comes with commitment papers. The idea, timed for the Valentine's Day rush and themed for the lover, is that the giver is "crazy" in love with his girlfriend, and is ready to "commit" to a relationship. And at $69.95, that's a real commitment. Of course, the executive director of the Vermont chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill says the bear is "a tasteless use of marketing that stigmatizes persons with mental illness." Elisabeth Robert, president of the Vermont Teddy Bear Co is sorry if her company's bear offends anyone but she's keeping it on the market. On the flip side, we hear that the Amercan Genital Society is upset that the bear doesn't have sex organs. (ABC News)


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