WASHINGTON: Online auction site eBay pulled the plug Wednesday, 28 November 2012, on the sale of a Barack Obama bobblehead doll seemingly pickled in urine by a flamboyant right-wing US talk show host.
Bidding for what Glenn Beck titled "Obama in Pee Pee" reached US$11,000 before eBay sent him an email stating: "You listed an item that contains urine. We do not allow the sale of bodily waste. Please do not relist."
On his Twitter account, Beck - a Tea Party hero who says the United States is losing its core values and tumbling into socialism under Obama - denounced eBay's move an "injustice" and "censorship."
He also urged fans to rally behind him via social media.
One enterprising eBayer from Louisiana responded by selling, for US$4.15, a full-color, two-page computer printout of Beck's listing, made when bidding had reached $9,600.
"Obama in Pee Pee" - the yellow liquid in the Mason jar was in fact beer - was among several dubious works of art Beck created live on his television show TheBlaze to raise money for a charity whose directors include his wife.
Beck, 48, built his reputation for ham-fisted neo-con punditry as a host on the Fox News Channel. He broke with the network in 2011 and launched his own online TV show alongside a syndicated radio program and best-selling books.
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