In case you have no kids in your life, 'Trolls World Tour' is a computer-animated musical film made by Dreamworks and based on the fun toys with long hair. 'Trolls' are small, colorful creatures who live in an almost perpetual state of happiness, singing, dancing, hugging, and having fun all day. The film features an ensemble cast including the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, Ozzy Osbourne, James Corden, Ron Funches, Kelly Clarkson, and many more.
Trolls World Tour made waves when it was made available for rental on digital platforms instead of theatrical release, due to the pandemic. Within only three weeks of the digital release, ‘Trolls’ sequel has made more money for Universal Pictures than the original did during five months in theaters. This week, however, Trolls trended online for a different reason.
Jessica McManis seems to have made the discovery that the 'Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy doll', "gasps and giggles when you push the button on its private area". In a tweet, she wonders if "they’re conditioning our children to think pedophilia is ok. To make them think when someone touches your private it should be fun". This led her to start an online petition on Change.org. The petition struck a nerve.
"This is not okay for a child’s toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores," reads the petition . "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 effects 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!"
As of the writing of this article, 295,267 have signed the petition.
A mother then made a video of the doll herself, demonstrating how it worked on the Poppy doll her daughter got at her Trolls themed birthday party. Utah Senator Sam Parker shared the video asking if Hasbro was normalizing grooming & facilitating child abuse.
Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy told CNN in a statement 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," Duffy added.
Major retailers have already begun to pull the item from their sites. Walmart has already removed the product listing from their website. Here are images of the front and back of the doll's box. As you can see, there's no mention of the crotch button.