Toy maker Hasbro, Inc. wants the world to know it did not model a toy hamster on Fox News Channel anchor Harris Faulkner.
“Ms. Faulkner is an adult, African-American, human, female newscaster; the Hamster Toy is an inch-tall, cartoon-like plastic animal, which has no apparent gender or profession, or even clothing that might identify its gender or profession,” the company argued in a motion asking a federal judge to dismiss Faulkner’s $5 million lawsuit.
Faulkner sued in August over the plastic hamster (left), that is also named Harris Faulkner.
The hamster is part of Hasbro’s “Littlest Pet Shop” line of toys, and the FNC anchor claimed that in addition to sharing her name, the doll “bears a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, in particular tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup.”
The Associated Press reports Hasbro maintains the Harris Faulkner hamster is neither based on the Fox News Channel anchor, nor does it resemble her in any way beside the name.