A doll of Dr. Anthony Fauci is still hanging by a face mask strap in a Rehoboth arcade.
The doll, which some attributed political meaning to, caused a political rumble at the beach a few weeks ago.
It hangs in a Zelky’s Beach Arcade machine with a lot of dolls drawn from the political world, including Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan dolls.
General manager Matt Weiner said he wanted Fauci to have a mask, his quintessential accessory, and couldn’t believe the spin that people put on it.
The incident boiled down to one group of people being upset and posting on social media, he said.
“One group had a problem,” Weiner said.
Several people said it looked like all the dolls were smiling while they looked at the hanging Fauci.
If anything, the controversy made the game more popular, Weiner said.
Weiner had hoped the arcade’s new games and expanded space this summer would get more attention than the contents of one game.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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