Hasbro Removes Trolls World Tour Toy Following Complaints About Its 'Inappropriate' Button Placement
Hasbro has pulled a Trolls World Tour toy following complaints about its 'inappropriate' button placement.
The Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy doll has a couple of buttons to make it sing or giggle - one in the tummy, which kicks off its singing, and one between its legs, that makes it giggle.
In a clip shared online, a mum explains her daughter received the doll for her birthday and that on the box it only mentions pushing Poppy's tummy to make her sing.
She said it was only when she showed the toy to her husband that she spotted the other button 'on her privates'.
The mum goes on: "She makes, like, a gasping sound. And I know some of you might not think this is a big deal but... especially since I've had kids... this is wrong.
"It makes a gasping sound when you touch her privates, and to me it's just like sexual sounds. It's so disturbing."
She then claims the second button is not mentioned on the toy's packaging.
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Jessica McManis, another mum from the US, started a petition calling for the doll to be banned, writing: "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!
"This toy needs to be removed from our stores."
The petition, which is directed to Target, Walmart, Amazon, Dollar General and Family Dollar Stores, has more than 250,000 signatures since it was launched two days ago.
Julie Duffy, a spokesperson for Hasbro, told The Providence Journal: "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."
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