Persons in Tibet and other countries who follow the Dalai Lama are upset by the new Mattel Price "Dolly Llama" toys. The plush figures are meant to be ridden on by Barbie Dolls and other figures in the Barbie universe.
When asked why they gave their toys the name of a significant religious figure, spokesmen at Mattel said that "it was just a play on words. Kids are smart enough to know that it isn't the same thing. They know that there are no llamas in Tibet and that the animal comes from South America."
A press secretary in the office of the Dalai Lama, however, said that "they have not named a new toy after the Catholic Pope or the Mormon Prophet or Billy Graham or any televangelist. When they offend the Moslems with a Allah doll and have a jihad declared against them, maybe they will react differently. While we find this offensive, we will pray for their souls and hope that they burn in their Christian Hell forever."
A manufacturer of Beanie Babies was relieved at hearing the news. "We considered that same pun on the name a half dozen years ago, but didn't do it. I'm glad someone else got in trouble and that we changed our minds."