McDonald's Corp is standing by its latest Happy Meal toy, denying that its Minions are the foul-mouthed playthings that some of its fast-food customers say they are.
In videos posted online, some customers said they heard a curse when, by tapping one of the tiny plastic caveman characters against a hard surface, they activated its voice. Some commenters write that they hear the words: "What the f***."
"To me, it sure doesn't sound like anything a kid should be hearing," one commenter says on a YouTube video post.
The restaurant chain on July 3 introduced a Happy Meal line of the toys inspired by the animated film Minions, a prequel to the Despicable Me movies that feature the small, yellow, gibberish-talking characters.
In a statement, McDonald's denies the toy uses bad language, and a company spokeswoman says there's no plan to pull the toy from distribution.
"We’re aware of a very small number of customers who have been in touch regarding this toy, and we regret any confusion or offense to those who may have misinterpreted its sounds," McDonald's said in the statement. "The allegation that this toy is saying anything offensive or profane is not true."
McDonald's says the Minion Caveman toy emits three sounds – "para la bukay," "hahaha" and "eh eh."
Minions, which opened in the US on July 10, was made by Universal Pictures, which is owned by Comcast Corp, and Illumination Entertainment. A spokeswoman for Universal declines comment, referring questions to McDonald's. – Reuters/Ben Klayman
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