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This image released by Dreamworks Animation shows characters Poppy, left, voiced by Anna Kendrick, and Branch, voiced by Justin Timberlake in a scene from “Trolls.” (DreamWorks Animation via AP)

 

Does someone know how to push your buttons? What about the inappropriate one?

If you’re a troll, you know what I’m talking about. And I don’t mean the internet kind.

As reported by The Providence Journal, Hasbro is pulling a Trolls World Tour doll from shelves following a petition of complaint.

According to the outraged and aghast, the toy is “conditioning our children to think pedophilia is okay.”

Here’s more, via Change.org:

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!

It is an odd location for the giggle switch:

Politician Sam Parker provided a video illustration:

Is that the sound people make when they’re touched there, or would it be more realistic if the doll punched you in the face?

Either way, social media huddled ’round the cause

It’s a good question: How could such a design reach store shelves?

Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy provided an explanation to the Journal:

“This feature was designed to react when the [Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy 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.”

That makes sense. Although, why would anyone make that sound whenever they sit down? Have I been investing in the wrong kinds of chairs for decades?

Regardless, pulling the doll was probably a good idea. The issue pushes too many buttons.

Or, at least, one that should never be pushed.

-ALEX

 

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