Thursday, July 27, 2006

Collaring Clifford

Ruth Gordon posted to the ALSC listserv this entertaining story about Scholastic putting the leash on unauthorized clowns dressing as the big red dog.

My second-favorite line from the article comes from a clown who sees her work as historical preservation: "We're helping keep Barney alive." But my most favorite comes from Kyle Good, one of the clowns at Scholastic: "Anyone would understand it's an important property of Scholastic and that we protect our rights and protect children from ever having a bad experience around any of our properties."

Great, so Scholastic books now come with insurance, or what? Do they know what kids do to Barbie?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I recommend Barbie's Queer Accessories by Erica Rand.

-Rebecca

Gregory K. said...

Here in LA, there's a great "tradition" of busting costumed characters. Over the past couple years, the action has largely been on Hollywood Blvd, where folks dress in costume and try to pose with tourists for tips. There's even turf wars. Early one morning, I drove past two different Supermen, both heading that way on foot. I love LA.

Oh, here's a Wall Street Journal article on some arrests and the odd fights/alliances. Scholastic is late to the party... and LA remains, well, LA.

rindambyers said...

I'm surprised Scholastic doesn't see the free financial benefit to themselves of what the birthday "clowns" are doing to promote the visibility of the "Red Dog" character...excuse me while I giggle here...I just remembered the "red dogs" in the Mowgli books....maybe Scholastic doesn't know what forces it is UNLEASHING in all of this...

rindambyers said...

P.S. I cannot comment knowledgeably on the Barbie phenomenon...I was too busy way back when then making clothes for my little brothers' GI Joes...now talk about getting mutiliated...