Hasbro has announced the “DreamWorks Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” doll will be pulled from store shelves across the nation. The company is complying with the request made by 262,229 people (and counting) via an online petition that alleges the toy could normalize sexual molestation to children.
The doll is meant to sing and say fun phrases when you press her belly. No problems there. However, there’s a second pressure point placed between the doll’s legs that elicits other audio reactions, including “Whee!” and “Oh!”
One mom exposed this controversial design in a video that’s gone viral. Take a look:
The petition created by Jessica McManis explains why parents are concerned about this feature.
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! This toy needs to be removed from our stores. 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? It’s not ok! It’s not fun! It’s damaging and has long term affects on a child’s mental/physical health! Sign this petition to get this toy removed from shelves and help #SaveTheChildren! Children are our future and WE are their voice!
Hasbro is removing the dolls, and according to spokeswoman Julie Duffy will allow parents to replace their purchased Poppy’s with a doll of “similar value through our consumer care team.” But why was the private parts button created to begin with?
“This feature was designed to react when the doll was seated,” Duffy explained, “But we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate.”