Fox News Channel anchor Harris Faulkner will not be outdone by a plastic rodent.
Faulkner, who once worked for KSTP in the Twin Cities, says toymaker giant Hasbro ripped off her name in the design of a new toy for its Littlest Pet Shop line. She’s suing the company for $5 million, claiming enormous distress to see her unique name stamped on the packaging for a bulbous-eyed plastic hamster doll.
Doubly suspicious is hamster Harris Faulkner’s physical resemblance to the human Harris Faulkner, the lawsuit claims, “in particular tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup.”
We’re not sure if we would have recognized the toy sitting on the shelves of Toys R Us as a Fox reporter, but maybe that tuft of brown hair on the hamster was modeled after Faulkner’s wavy bob?
But Faulkner is further offended that the doll may be a choking hazard to small children, and she does not need to be associated with that kind of risk.
Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy declined to shed any light on the toy’s name, but did dispute the part in the suit about the hamster being a choking hazard.
“While we generally do not comment on litigation matters, it is critically important to correct a false statement made by Ms. Harris [sic] in the complaint regarding the safety of the product,” Duffy wrote in an email. “The Littlest Pet Shop product identified, and all products in the Littlest Pet Shop line, meet and exceed all safety standards.”
Awkward that the packaging itself disputes Hasbro.