WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Hasbro has pulled out its Trolls Poppy doll after some social media users started accusing the company of grooming children for sexual abuse.
- The controversy started over Hasbro’s placement of a button on the bottom of the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” doll that when pressed, the doll giggles and makes sounds such as “Whee!” and “Oh!”
- Hasbro said that the company recognized that some may view the “placement of the sensor […] as inappropriate,” but that this was “not intentional.”
Hasbro has ordered the pullout of a doll based on the movie “Trolls” from store shelves after social media users criticized the toy for allegedly promoting pedophilia.
On Wednesday, the toy company announced it has begun removing the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” from shelves and will be producing a replacement doll.
The toy giggles and makes sounds such as “Whee!” and “Oh!” as if “gasping” at the press of a button located between the doll’s legs, where genitalia would be on a girl.
“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!,” reads a Change.org petition started one day ago by user Jessica McManis that has already garnered over 87,000 signatures.
“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?”
One person who signed the petition wrote: “It’s sending the wrong message. Whoever produced this doll has serious problems.”
“Grooming our children to think that pedophilia is fun or funny not ok!!! This is sick,” wrote another.
The petition is addressed to Target, Walmart, Amazon and other sellers of the toy.
“This feature was designed to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate,” Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy told the Providence Journal.
“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.”
After Hasbro announced it would replace the toy, McManis thanked petition signers for their support. “I didn’t expect my petition to blow up like this! I’m so happy it did! They recalled the doll today,” she wrote in a tweet. “There’s no way someone at Hasbro didn’t think that it was weird when deciding to create this doll like that.”
Source: New York Post