Part Of The Play-Doh Cake Mountain Play Set Includes A Piece That Looks Like A Penis, Parents Are Outraged
Parents who bought the Play-Doh Cake Mountain play set for their kids for Christmas found a rather unfortunate surprise under the tree Christmas morning: one of the parts in the kit includes a piece that looks rather like a penis, and parents are expressing their outrage on social media.
If you look at the feature image of this post, look at the tool to the left, by the three cans of Play-Doh. That’s supposed to be an extractor, but several parents have pointed out that it looks rather like a much different tool indeed.
And in up-close pictures of the Play-Doh tool – pictures which are inappropriate for publication in The Inquisitr – the resemblance is even more apparent. Twitter user Saladin Ahmed, in a tweet that shows the offending tool up-close and personal, made a rather astute observation.
“I salute the designers who somehow managed to get this Play-Doh icing maker past their bosses.”
According to News Corp Australia, news of the Play-Doh penis-shaped tool first broke in November. However, rather than address the issue head-on, Hasbro chose instead to send out replacement parts (that presumably didn’t look like a penis) and cover up the story on social media. What they failed to notice, apparently, was that several of the unfortunately-shaped toys were already under Christmas trees, waiting to be opened on Christmas morning.
And when parents found the penis-shaped device in their kids’ Christmas toys, the outrage on social media came hard and fast, particularly on Play-Doh’s Facebook page. Unfortunately, Hasbro has been deleting comments about the Play-Doh tool, but screen captures by other users paint a clear picture of the outrage.
From Facebook user Nini Delmoral: “What was the concept of this? Why couldn’t this be in another form or shape?”
And from Facebook user Jennifer Turner: “This is NOT okay. This completely ruined our Christmas because our daughters LOVE Play-Doh and their new [retracted].”
Those comments have since been deleted, but Twitter user El Clarko tweeted screen captures of the conversations, which can be seen here.
KTUL (Tulsa) interviewed some members of the community about the penis-shaped tool, and at least some saw the humor in it.
“Really some people just have a very dirty mind. That’s why they see it as a male body part.”
“I guess a kid wouldn’t know. I mean you… It could be considered…. [before breaking into laughter].”
For their part, Hasbro is trying to make things right. A post on their Facebook page, while not addressing the complaints about the tool directly, offers offended consumers the opportunity to order a replacement part.
“We have heard some consumer feedback about the extruder tool in the Play-Doh Cake Mountain playset and are in the process of updating all future Play-Doh products with a different tool. Should any consumer want a replacement extruder for this item, they can contact Hasbro’s Customer Service Department at 800-327-8264.”
Do you believe the penis-shaped extruder tool in the Play-Doh Cake Mountain set is offensive? Or is it just a rather unfortunate coincidence? Sound off in the Comments below.
[Image courtesy of: Amazon]