Hasbro pulls Trolls doll over concerns it promotes inappropriate touching

Carla Harmon
August 10, 2020

The petition that prompted Hasbro to remove the toy criticized the retailers for promoting pedophilia and child molestation since Poppy "gasps and giggles" when the button is pushed.

The doll, from the "Trolls World Tour" movie, has sparked outrage after a woman in the U.S. launched a petition to remove it from stores, claiming it promotes child abuse. Since the troll's primary interactivity depends on pressing her belly, this extra button suggests you can interact with her by tapping her head, and not poking her privates.

The button for singing is located on the doll's tummy but the other button, which toymaker Hasbro says was created to be activated when the toy is placed in a seated position, is on the doll's bottom.

A Trolls doll has been pulled from shelves after a disgusted mother shared a video of it making "sexual sounds" when a button on its "privates" is pressed.

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The placement of the button caused concern. This is not okay for a child's toy! "This toy needs to be removed from our stores", Jessica McManis, who started the petition, wrote.

"I was discouraged in the beginning by people saying that petitions never go anywhere but I tried anyway", she told Essential Baby, adding that this should be a lesson to toy companies. That it's fun when someone touches your private area?

'Like, a gasping sounds, and I know many of you might not think this is a big deal but, especially since I've had kids, this is wrong.

"This feature was created to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate", Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duff said in a statement.

Duffy also confirmed that Hasbro is "in the process of removing the item for purchase".

At press time, the petition, which was aimed at Target, Walmart, Amazon, Dollar General, and Family Dollar Stores, had reached over 114,000 signatures.

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