Parents have been left horrified by Hasbro’s latest Trolls Doll as there has been fear over grooming due to the ‘sex noises’ it makes when you push a button which is placed between its legs.
Following a mum complaining that the toy was encouraging paedophilia, Hasbro’s Trolls World Tour Giggle And Sing Poppy Doll has been pulled from shelves.
Mum Jessica McManis was disgusted when she realised the new Trolls doll had a button between its legs which emoted sexual noises when pressed.
Determined for it not to be on shop shelves, the mum launched an online petition to have it removed from stores.
On Change.org she wrote: “Our society is conditioning our children to think paedophilia 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,” wrote McManis in the petition.
“This is not okay for a child’s toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores.”
The mum believes that the sounds that come from the doll when pressed are encouraging paedophilia and are instilling in children that it’s okay for others to touch their private areas.
McManis continued: “What will this toy make our innocent, impressionable children think? That it’s fun when someone touches your private area? That paedophilia and child molestation are ok?
“It’s not ok! It’s not fun! It’s damaging and has long term effects on a child’s mental/physical health!”
The petition has since been signed by over 267,000 people and it continues to grow at a fast rate. It has been directed at toy sellers such as Amazon, Walmart and Target.
Those who have signed the petition have commented that they are in agreement with the worried mum and are urging toy sellers to pull the doll from shelves.
Many have also questioned how Hasbro approved such a doll in the first place.
McManis has shared a video of the doll online and explained that she purchased the doll for her two-year-old daughter who had a “Poppy-themed” birthday, as she loved the Trolls movies.
The mum said that she discovered the doll made sexual noises when she was showing the husband what she had bought their daughter. She couldn’t believe it when she realised there was a button between its legs.
She said: “If you push it, she makes these sounds, like a gasping sound.
In the video which has been shared on Twitter, the doll can be heard gasping: “Ooh wee ohh.”
Is @Hasbro normalizing grooming & facilitating child abuse? 🤔👇
— Sam Parker 🇺🇲 (@SamParkerSenate) August 5, 2020
McManis then shared footage of the box and read aloud what it said on the box. The box described a button on the doll’s stomach which allowed Poppy to sing, yet the one between her legs isn’t mentioned anywhere on the packaging.
The mum concluded: “This is wrong, this is wrong. It says nothing about this button on the box.
“It’s just there and it makes a gasping sound when you touch her privates and to me it’s like a sexual sound and it’s so disturbing.”
The Trolls movie was released in 2016 and due to its success had a sequel, Trolls World Tour, which premiered in March of this year.
The doll’s character, Poppy, is voiced by actress Anna Kendrick.
Following the controversy of the toy, Hasbro has stated that the doll will be pulled from shelves as soon as possible.
A Hasbro spokesperson apologised to the parents in a statement, they said: “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.”
As McManis has received an outpouring of support over her petition, she commented on a thread containing her video.
In response to the support, she said: “I didn’t expect my petition to blow up like this! I’m so happy it did! They recalled the doll today.
“There’s no way someone at Hasbro didn’t think that it was weird when deciding to create this doll like that.”