• Ebola Plush Toys Are Flying Off Store Shelves Because Of Course

    Last week, we talked a bit about Ebola: The TV Show. But even I wasn’t prepared for the depths the entertainment industry would sink to make a quick buck. Introducing…Ebola plush toys!

    Now, I certainly have no problem with capitalism, but this seems just a tad insensitive, no? Perhaps if victims were simply vomiting and having bouts of diarrhea without the whole “dying” thing, I could better understand this one. It’s not like toy companies were running to capitalize off of Newtown, so I’m not sure why there’s such a morbid fascination with this particular harbinger of death…but to each his own.

    From Reuters:

    Giantmicrobes Inc., which makes a line of plush toys based on viruses and other microscopic organisms, has sold out its entire Ebola stock, including the small Ebola doll for $9.95, a Gigantic Ebola doll for $29.95 and an Ebola Petri Dish toy for $14.95, according to the company’s website.

    “Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T. Rex of microbes,” says the Stamford, Connecticut-based maker of the “uniquely contagious toy” on its website, which promotes them as gag gifts that also have educational value.

    With the latest Ebola outbreak, which already killed more than 4,500 people, mostly in West Africa, customers have snapped up the toy, which looks like half a pretzel.

    Even though the Ebola toy is completely out of stock, you’re welcome to click “Add to Wishlist” and wait patiently for your Ebola pretzel to arrive. I’m not sure exactly what people are doing with these things, but I imagine dogs love them. And who knew Ebola looked so much like E.T.?


    But don’t worry; the company wants you to know that they’re still sensitive to the realities of Ebola. “You do not want to get Ebola,” explains the website. Thanks for the tip, guys!

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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