NEW ORLEANS. — New Orleans -- After hearing me talk for an hour, Alan Berg said, ''Enough already, namedrops keep falling on my head . . . Maybe you know famous poets but I had dinner with Barbie's lawyer!''
I wasn't aware that Barbie was in court but that's just where she is. She went to court over a new doll called Miss America which is fashioned after Miss America. Arthur J. Levine, Barbie's lawyer, claims Miss America ripped off Barbie's head. Mattel, Barbie's manufacturer, says it copyrighted Barbie's QUOTE look compliant joy UNQUOTE. Miss America's head has that on it, too.
The bodies are not on trial, just the heads, even though the bodies are even more alike than the heads. Miss America claims its dolls were modeled after the real Miss America, not Barbie. Of course, the real Miss America modeled herself after Barbie, which is what millions of women model themselves after, so perhaps Barbie should sue her human clones.