Anthony Fauci’s burgeoning fame as a steady voice for science within White House corridors and beyond reached new heights in April, with the release of a raft of merchandise in his honor, including a bobblehead. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has been taking orders for the plastic figurine of Fauci, longtime director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as a fundraiser for COVID-19 masks and recently posted images of the finished product. Although President Donald Trump this week scaled back the daily White House briefings about the pandemic that often featured Fauci, the Hall of Fame says the bobblehead remains its best-selling ever.
Other vendors are selling socks, shirts, prayer candles, and “Fauci Spring” ale emblazoned with his name and face.
“That’s nice if people want to do [it],” Fauci said of the blitz during a Fox & Friends interview, but “I have other things to worry about.”
The Hall of Fame is also selling a bobblehead of Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator.
Fauci may have hit a pop culture zenith when he was impersonated on 25 April on Saturday Night Live by actor Brad Pitt, costumed in spectacles and a wig. Pitt closed by dropping the schtick and paying Fauci a tribute: “Thank you for your calm and your clarity in this unnerving time.”
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) April 26, 2020