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Creators reconsider Obama sock puppet

Creators reconsider Obama sock puppet



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Team coverageOn second thought, the Obama sock puppet might be made after all, even though the creators are getting death threats.

Unfortunately, other people are getting caught up in the controversy as well.

The sock's creators say a few new opportunities have come to light to produce their toy, even after Binkley Toys dropped their product due to racial overtones.

David and Elizabeth Lawson say their toy is the victim of a double standard. They ask: If President Bush can be compared to a chimpanzee, why can't you have an Obama sock monkey?

They say they've been getting "vivid and creative" death threats, including talk of a "good old-fashioned KKK house burning party."

Meanwhile, a man in Park City has been mixed up in this. David J. Lawson is a real estate agent in Park City. He's not the David Lawson in West Valley City who created the controversial Obama sock puppet. But that's not stopping the angry e-mails.

He says, "It's the danger of the Internet. I mean, you know, you can Google somebody's name, and you find something, and you can assume that I'm the one that was doing this."

Lawson says he's been pretty worried about his personal safety and his reputation. He says he returned every e-mail, explaining that they've got he wrong guy.

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