Toys R Us Catching Grief For Selling Doll That Appears To Curse

Or Does It? Retail Giant Says It Doesn't, But The Ears Don't Always Lie

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — So do you think it’s baby talk or trashy talk?

People were asking themselves that Tuesday after listening to dolls that sound like they’re cursing.

They are the “Play and Giggle” triplets. They’re part of the “You and Me” collection made for and sold exclusively at Toys R Us. Activated by movement, the dolls make dozens of sounds like adorable giggles, sweet murmurs and a few clear words.

But there are other words that some say clearly cross the line.

“OK, crazy b**ch,” being one term.

“It said b**ch! That is not even right!” shopper Kathleen Leitzke told CBS 2’s Elise Finch.

Finch had shoppers listen closely, with some saying it sounds like the doll is using the “B” word.

“It’s pretty clear to me that it said the ‘B’ word,” said Dana D’Agostino of Staten Island.

“That was the one that I was like what was that?” added shopper Laurie Baughman.

Some shoppers said it sounds like a full phrase where one of the dolls says “OK, you crazy b**ch.” For that reason they say Toys R Us should stop selling the dolls.

“I think they should pull it off shelves. Kids should definitely not have a doll that’s saying that,” D’Agostino said.

Finch spoke to a representative for Toys R Us who told her that “Toys R Us would not sell any doll that curses, obviously its baby babble. We are not pulling the doll off the shelves.”

One mother said she understands the store’s position because children often make strange sounds when they’re learning to speak.

“It does sound like they’re saying something else rather than what they’re actually trying to say. So it happens. It does happen,” Tina Baughman said.

But some people are convinced these babies aren’t just babbling and that they’re cursing, which is ironic because the packaging says the dolls are meant to encourage little girls to share love and kindness. But on Tuesday it seemed like their words were only encouraging controversy.

The “Play and Giggle” triplet dolls sell for $49.99, but they’re currently on sale for $39.99.

What do you think the doll is saying? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Macklin1

    Toys’R Us aint no joke! it;s all about that money. hopefully no parent is dumb enough to buy it,…. sad to see them dolls sill on these shelves.

  • Sandy

    Hey it’s on sale so it only cost us $39.99 to teach our kids how to curse

  • Jen

    If people are so afraid of a cursing doll, then definitely do not send your child to second grade. They are going to learn it sooner or later guaranteed.

  • flea

    O.M.G……It’s the end of western civilization….LOL.

  • Hip hop hamburger

    Who cares they look like Little gangsta babies,and that’s how blacks talk

  • Ghost of Cain

    How can we give an opinion without a recording of the doll to listen to? Great job, CBS Radio.

  • dollars and SENSE

    What is being done about financial public assistance being awarded to those who don’t deserve it?


    Take them off the shelves….not worth more comment than that.

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