Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sarkozy Has No Sense Of Humor

The picture above is of a Sarkozy "voodoo doll". It is the brainchild of the publishing company K & B to poke some good-natured fun at the French President. It comes with pins that can be pushed into quotes by the president such as "work more to earn more".

The company also made a doll of Sarkozy's opponent in the last election, Segolene Royal. Royal laughed it off saying, "I have a sense of humour." But it looks like President Sarkozy has lost his sense of humor, if he ever had one.

Being the right-wing nut that he is, instead of finding it humorous, he filed a lawsuit against the makers of the doll. He claimed he had "exclusive and absolute" rights over his own image. Somebody needs to tell him that he gave up those rights when he became a politician and ran for office. I wonder if he sues over his likeness being used in political cartoons?

Yesterday, a French judge gave Sarkozy the bad news, when he threw the case out of court. The judge said the doll was "within the authorised limits of free expression and the right to humour". Sarkozy's lawyer says they will appeal the decision.

In a way, the appeal is good news for the doll maker. Since Sarkozy sued them, the sales of the doll have been boosted. An appeal would do nothing but keep the issue in the news and sell more dolls.

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