As if 2020 isn’t bad enough, file this bullshit under a severe WTF.
As a parent to young children, I’ll admit that I’m literally shook with anger writing this article after I watched a viral video (hold tight, you’ll see it in a second) in which a mom demonstrates how she believes a Trolls doll from Hasbro is grooming little kids for sexual abuse.
Hasbro debuted a new adorable Troll doll called “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” that, if you push an internal button in the tummy, will recite 10 different cute songs and phrases.
Awesome. Every kid loves that and every parent has a bulk supply of ibuprofen to deal with it. And, the doll is admittedly adorable.
But, this doll has an extra feature that isn’t described on the box. While Hasbro absolutely denies one mom’s claim (that has now gone viral) that the doll is meant to groom kids for sexual abuse, we can’t help but scratch our heads as parents.
Because apparently, some seriously misguided designers didn’t think it through when they placed the button (not advertised on the box) on the doll’s genital area.
Just watch this video to see what I mean while I check my heart rate and blood pressure one more time.
Is @Hasbro normalizing grooming & facilitating child abuse? ??
— Sam Parker ?? (@SamParkerSenate) August 5, 2020
The doll gasps, laughs, and giggles when someone touches the button located in an area NOT AT ALL FRIGGIN APPROPRIATE for kids to be playing with.
The doll is based on the Trolls World Tour character called Poppy, which was voiced by Maine native Anna Kendrick.
One mom, Jessica McManis, started a petition to voice her concerns over the inappropriateness of the doll. Because intentional or not, it could give mixed signals to young children that don’t understand and are trying to learn about appropriate touching.
In her petition, that has attracted 168K signatures on Change.org she stated:
“Our society is conditioning our children to think pedophilia is ok.
This Trolls World Tour doll named Poppy has a button on her private area under her skirt. When you push this button on the doll’s private she gasps and giggles.This is not okay for a child’s toy!
What will this toy make our innocent, impressionable children think?
“That it’s fun when someone touches your private area? That pedophilia and child molestation are ok?”
Obviously no one thought this through completely.
Hasbro has started removing the dolls because of the backlash. The renowned toy company told the Providence Journal that the crotch button was apparently intended to react when the doll was seated.
They also released this statement:
“This feature was designed to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate.
This was not intentional and we are happy to provide consumers with a replacement Poppy doll of similar value through our consumer care team.
We are in the process of removing the item for purchase.”
Sounds like Hasbro needs some moms on their team to avoid serious shit like this happening, to begin with.
Think Hasbro is the only one with problems getting inappropriate kid toys past production? Think again. Check out this post for more WTF Inappropriate Kid toys.