Conventional morals and values have been under attack for years, but internationally renown toy maker Hasbro has escalated the assault to a new level.
Hasbro first introduced its Troll dolls in 1959. They’ve seen many iterations and levels of fame through the years and they remain hugely popular today. Especially among young children.
Their latest release, the “DreamWorks Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy,” however, may be more suitable as adult x-rated content. This ‘child’s toy’ has a button located between her legs in her ‘private parts’ area that makes giggles and gasps sounds when you either turn her over or reach under her dress and press the button.
Imagine a young child receiving this as a birthday gift.
Hasbro has come under fire and withdrawn the ‘toy’ from the shelves of Target, Walmart, Amazon and other major retailers because of pressure from an online petition.
“When you push this button on the doll’s privates she gasps and giggles. This is not okay for a child’s toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores,” says the online petition aimed at Target, Amazon, Walmart, Dollar General and other major retailers.
“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 okay? ” it added.
Concerns about such a toy normalizing child sex trafficking and pedophilia are paramount among parents and in the petition
Parents are outraged and have taken to Twitter to voice their concerns.
Look at this Trolls Poppy doll. It gasps and giggles when you push the button on its private area. They’re conditioning our children to think pedophilia is ok. To make them think when someone touches your private it should be fun 😡 It’s not ok!
Sign 👉 https://t.co/vCoVocr4y9 pic.twitter.com/g9DWPCzWKE
— Jessica McManis (@JessiMcmanis) August 5, 2020
Is @Hasbro normalizing grooming & facilitating child abuse? 🤔👇
— Sam Parker 🇺🇲 (@SamParkerSenate) August 5, 2020
So i’m pretty plastered but let me see if i understand. Hasbro made a troll doll where the noise button is on its crotch and it sounds like…..well that?
— FruityJebbles (@FJebbles) August 8, 2020
Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy told CNN in a statement that “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,” Duffy added.