'Sexualised' Trolls toy removed from shelves after 'paedophilia' claims

Joanna Estrada
August 8, 2020

The petition that prompted Hasbro to remove the toy criticized the retailers for promoting pedophilia and child molestation since Poppy "gasps and giggles" when the button is pushed. It was originally recorded by a mom whose daughter received the doll as a gift for her recent second birthday, for which she had a Poppy-themed party. It is intended that the button would be activated - and the doll would laugh - when placed in a sitting position, . As a result, McManis argued that the toy could have a negative impact on impressionable children and asked for people to sign the petition to have the Poppy doll removed from stores.

A children's toy is being removed from sale after a U.S. mother launched an online crusade against, saying it conditions children to accept sexual abuse. That it's fun when someone touches your private area?

The video was re-shared by U.S. politician Sam Parker on Wednesday.

The doll has now been removed from sale after another mother, Jessica McManis, started an online Change.org petition calling for it to be taken out of stores, accusing it of condoning pedophilia. "It's damaging and has long term affects [sic] on a child's mental/physical health!"

A USA mother who posted a video raising the alarm over the toy says that the box only mentions that children can push the button on Poppy's tummy to make her sing and was shocked to find the other button "on her privates". We want to hear from you.

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"The mum continues: "She makes, like, a gasping sound". In response to the controversy, almost 150K people have signed a petition to have the doll removed from shelves.

Julie Duffy, Hasbro's spokeswoman, told CNN that, "this feature was created to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate".

Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy spoke to The Providence Journal about the doll and the company's decision to pull it from stores.

Duffy also confirmed that Hasbro is "in the process of removing the item for purchase".

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