McDonald's issued a statement clarifying that the words used by its Minion toys are not profane, but just random, nonsense words, the Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday. The clarification comes after parents from all over the country complained to the company that the toys that come along with the Happy Meal used curse words.
The Minion toys were introduced by the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company on July 3, driving inspiration from the movie “Minions,” which is set to premiere in theaters on Friday. "Minions" is a prequel to the “Despicable Me” series, which first released in 2010.
According to the company's statement, “a very small number of customers" have contacted it over the toy, the AP reported.
"I heard what it said and I'm like, 'whoa, hang on here,'" Taylor King, who bought a Happy Meal for his 3-year-old son, said, according to Fox 28, adding: "It clearly says what it says."
"(My kids) are old enough now where they're going to mock anything they hear from a toy. It's coming from a toy. They're going to assume it's okay to say that," he added.
A report by the Daily Mail said that the toy seemed like it was saying “what the f---” when a button on its back was pressed.
Robert Frazier, who bought several Minion toys for his three young children, said, according to Fox 28: "I listened to it and that's when we found out that's what it was saying."
Bradlet Merten, a grandparent who ordered the toy from Longwood in Seminole County, Florida, said, according to WFTV: "It turned out to be a toy that decided to talk profanity," adding: "I can't believe it's coming out of a toy.
"(They should) check their toys before they hand them over," Merten said.