An anchor on Fox News Channel is going to court with a $5 million lawsuit over a toy hamster. The AP reports that Harris Faulkner sued toymaker Hasbro over the plastic Harris Faulkner hamster — a toy that “shares her name — and possibly even her resemblance,” the story notes.
The toy hamster is included in Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop line.
“She says the toy wrongfully appropriates her name and persona, harms her professional credibility as a journalist and is an insult,” the story reports.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, reportedly says: “Hasbro’s portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent is demeaning and insulting.”
Faulkner, who has been with Fox News for a decade, hosts the daytime program “Outnumbered” and anchors a newscast on Sunday evenings.
“Her lawsuit says that in addition to sharing her name, the toy bears a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, including its complexion, eye shape and eye makeup design,” the AP reports. “The Harris Faulkner toy was introduced in 2014, according to the lawsuit, and was sold in a package as the pet hamster of a terrier named Benson Detwyler. Other toys in the popular line include animals named Pancakes Watkins, Puffball Petrovsky and Pepper Clark.”