Toy giant Hasbro is in the news over their Trolls doll, “the DreamWorks Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy.” The toy maker is pulling the doll from shelves after a petition with over 150K signatures accused Hasbro of promoting child abuse. The complaints go on to specify that although the doll has two buttons, the one under her skirt, is inappropriate on multiple levels.
The first button on her stomach when pressed prompts the doll to sing and say things like, “How about a hug?” The second button when pressed, prompts the doll to make sounds like “whee!” and “oh!”
Is @Hasbro normalizing grooming & facilitating child abuse? 🤔👇
— Sam Parker 🇺🇲 (@SamParkerSenate) August 5, 2020
Julie Duffy, Hasbro’s spokeswoman, told CNN that, “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.”