The Fabulous Bizarre Gay Couple Raising A Doll Named Digby As Their Actual Child

The story of Mark Kirby and A.J. Sapolnick raising a doll — Digby– as their son has to be a joke, right? The trio travels the world together, and there are photo albums (including a baby book) to prove it. The couple found Digby in Paris, at a flea market, where he was covered in grime. But don’t ever call him a doll.

That’s a “four letter word,” exclaim the New York couple. “It wasn’t our intention to have a toy,” says Kirby. “Our intention was to create a family, and Digby was going to be part of our family.” Even if he doesn’t talk back? Cry? Date? Age? Apparently.

Digby has seen the pyramids, had a bar mitzvah at age 13, and wears bespoke clothing (often to match what his two daddies are wearing). Raised by a couple of 26 years — who, The Daily concludes, live in a fabulous NYC circle of “opera openings, art shows, and Mayor Bloomberg’s annual Gay Pride barbecue” — the toy is Mark and A.J.’s answer to what they saw around them some twenty years ago: all their straight friends having children. They wanted in, but they didn’t want to change their lifestyles.

They didn’t want him to leave for college either, it seems.

This is either the way I want to raise my children, or some bizarre case study about why gays shouldn’t raise children. I can’t decide.

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  • niles

    Bizarre and more than slightly creepy.

  • Comixbear

    I hear that this is the lost plot to the last Child’s Play movie.

  • Mike in Asheville

    Even Sebastian Flyte (Brideshead Revisited) left his teddy bear Aloysius behind running away from his over-bearing mother and religion (Catholic).

    These two are just bizarre — but its their money and their lives, doing no harm, so what’s the BFD?

  • Adonis-of-Fire

    Ridiculous, and why do gay MEN want to raise a baby? That’s more like needy and stupid straight women. It’s not normal for men to want a baby, the only way a man could truly want a baby is if his testosterone levels are ridiculously low, or if he has two sets of genitals; a cooch and a vaj

  • Paul F

    Reminds me of something told to me years ago. If you’re rich and do things like this, you’re eccentric. If you’re a poor schmuck and do the exact same thing, you’re labled a nut job. Just sayin’

  • justiceontherocks

    I wonder if child protective services has ever taken a doll out of an unfit household.

  • deferr

    dear editor, please learn the difference between basic words in the english language.


    “Don’t Call This Gay Couple’s Son A Doll. But That’s Why Digby Is”

  • TJ

    Actual true story from about thirty years ago: When I was in college, I was a cook in a restaurant to make tuition. My head chef and his wife worked together there, and always arranged to have their days off together for their daughter Debbie. (name changed by me) “We took Debbie to the zoo yesterday.” or when they went on vacation to Vegas, “I borrowed some money from Debbie’s college fund, now I have to pay it back…”

    You guessed it; I walked back into the storeroom one day and there was a doll sleeping in an empty box with pillows in it. That was Debbie. Later, they showed me pictures of Debbie in the park, Debbie climbing a tree, etc. People would give Debbie clothes their kids had outgrown. Mom and dad would walk around holding Debbie and generally freak people out.

    So, when you say, “This is either the way I want to raise my children, or some bizarre case study about why gays shouldn’t raise children. I can’t decide.” keep in mind that this was a heterosexual, married, employed couple, thirty years ago. So I don’t think sexual orientation has anything to do with this…

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  • Ogre Magi

    What the……I don’t even…./..

  • tazz602

    Slow news day?

  • Harbo

    This like a Stephen King novel. Glad their rick, otherwise they’d be institutionalized

  • Nathan

    @Adonis-of-Fire: You are just plain stupid… child raising is something of which men and women both can take part. If you were straight, you would be a deadbeat dad.

  • Jeffree

    Something tells me the local animal shelter stamped NFW on their app to adopt a puppy. Too crazy to take care of a guppy, no doubt.

  • christopher di spirito

    At least these freaks should’ve had a “Real Baby” made in the image of Joe Jonas or Chris Pine.

    That little oddity they’re raising looks like an alien from Alpha Centauri.

  • redball

    @Adonis-of-Fire: Honey, just because you have 0 paternal instincts doesn’t mean we all do. Or were you just being an attention-hungry provocateur?

  • The Bony Man

    THis would be cute, it it weren’t so gods-damned creepy…

  • Kenny

    @Adonis-of-Fire: Yep. Better that they lead lives of self absorption, anonymous sex, and drug usage.

  • Kenny

    @redball: probably just your run of the mill asshole.

  • DavyJones

    @christopher di spirito: Considering they did this atleast 17 years ago, I doubt that was an option…

  • TheRealAdam

    What sorcery is this?! A doll? A fucking doll??!!

  • ron

    How often do the have sex with it?

  • Kieran

    Who needs real babies? With all the money they save on diapers and formula they can see the world.

  • Shannon1981

    OMG how creepy! This simply cannot be true. If it is, tell me where they are so I can stay FAR AWAY.

  • ptboat

    Can someone tell me why these freaks are featured on every gay blog right now? Are they trying to fulfill Peter LaBarbera’s PR wet dream? Are they trying to show that gay people can be creepy doll people too? Either way, it’s disgusting.

  • Mike

    They live in a fabulous NYC circle of “opera openings, art shows, and Mayor Bloomberg’s annual Gay Pride barbecue”?

    So they’re like the “real” A-List in New York? Why aren’t they up there on the Real Housewives with Countess LuMann and Bethenny? Can’t be crazier than Kelly Bensimon!


    This is why they hate us

  • Heather

    adonis-of-fire=troll. Boring.

  • Michael

    “Chuckie!” I’d run if I saw these two, er three, coming my way.

  • Robbie K

    And I thought Calvin Klein’s boytoy was young…but ummm…
    money brings on the gay crazy…

  • Mike in Asheville

    @WEIRD: Haters hate because that’s all they know. Now don’t be blaming a one-in-a-million couple of eccentrics for creating “hate.” Proper blame, though, can be placed on the Roman Cult, the Moron Church, born-again hypocrites, and double-sleaze politicians, Ditto-heads, and all the other minions.

  • Me

    Adonis of Fire,

    Aw. You’re jealous of women.

    Shame. You pussyless uninteresting back alley version of a relationship option.

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