Parents across the country are startled and upset about some McDonald’s “Minions” Happy Meal toys that sound an awful lot like they’re saying “W-T-F” — except that the toys, promoting the new movie by Universal Pictures, are not using the sanitized, abbreviated version of that phrase. Or at least it sounds that way to a lot of parents.
Taylor King, an Ohio dad who bought a Happy Meal for his 3-year-old son on Monday, told Fox 28, “I heard what it said and I’m like, ‘Whoa, hang on here,'” he said. “It clearly says what it says.”
“As soon as we heard it, her mom took it away,” said Robert Frazier, another father who encountered the toys in Happy Meals. “I listened to it and that’s when we found out that’s what it was saying.”
Other parents weren’t so sure.
“Unless I was looking for it, I probably would not think much about it,” said Jerry Gerken. “Now that I’m looking for it, it does sound like ‘W-T-F’.”
“I heard a bop, bop, bop,” said Doug Hermanson. “That’s all I heard, which seems completely innocent.”
Lisa McComb, a spokesperson for McDonald’s, told Yahoo Parenting, “Minions speak ‘Minionese,’ which is a random combination of many languages and nonsense words and sounds.”
She apologized for any confusion or offense to parents who may have interpreted the sounds for anything other than gibberish. “The allegation that this toy is saying any offensive phrase is not true,” McComb said. “The Minion Caveman Happy Meal toy includes three phrases: ‘para la bukay,’ ‘hahaha,’ and ‘eh eh.’ Any perceived similarities to actual English words are purely coincidental.”
Does that clear it up for you?
We’ve got some home videos from parents. What do you think the Minions are saying? Is this just parents overreacting to the power of suggestions or is McDonald’s pushing potty-mouthed Minions?