Toymaker Hasbro is pulling a new doll from its online stores after a wave of complaints that it encourages “sexual trafficking of kids.”
As the Daily Wire reports, parents repeatedly complained to the company about the new “Trolls World Tour Giggle & Sing Poppy” doll and more than 150,000 people have signed a petition for its removal as the doll has a button in a “private area under her skirt.”
CNN reports: “The ‘DreamWorks Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy’ has a button on her stomach that when pressed will prompt the doll to sing and say phrases like, ‘How about a hug?’”
The online petition was written to Target, Amazon, Walmart, and other major retailers, and demands: “This toy needs to be removed from your stores.”
“When you push this button on the doll’s privates she gasps and giggles. This is not okay for a child’s toy,” it adds. “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?”
Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy responded to the petition admitting the company missed its mark on the toy’s feature.
Duffy 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,” she added via CNN.
The Daily Wire adds:
Moms.com reports that a parent who posted the video calls the button and its sound effects “disturbing,” and relates the doll back to the “sex trafficking of kids,” a hot topic in online parenting forums following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell.
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“Things that are thrown in our kids’ faces to groom them. I know some of you may not think this is a big deal, but especially since I’ve had kids, this is wrong,” the video’s narrator, who claims her daughter received the doll as a birthday gift, concludes. “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?”
Facebook fact-checker has labeled this video “partly false” as the button activates when the doll is placed in a sitting position and was not intended to have been pressed inappropriately.