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Those pesky little Minions are up to no good once again. But this time, rather than assisting the world’s most evil villains in their attempt to control the globe, they have decided to ruin the lives of the world’s youth with foul language. And they’ve done this all with a McDonald’s toy, which some parents insist utters a rather expletive word.
Parents across the good states of Alabama, Ohio, and Florida have each come out and insisted that the Minions toys that come with a Happy Meal are each uttering a swearword. The toys are relatively simple to use. All you to do is hold it in your hand and then thwack it on a hard surface. However, McDonald’s customers are apoplectic because rather than declaring something family-friendly these toys are allegedly instead stating, "What the fuck."
Several parents from across this trio of states have come out and complained about these crude, rude toys. According to Yahoo, one rather annoyed mother from Alabama told WSFA, "Honestly, the beginning, I don’t know what it’s saying, but the last few words sound like, ‘W-T-F’." As you can imagine, people whose ears were violated by this random declaration of profanity immediately took the opportunity to complain. You can check out an image of one of the mischievous, potty-mouthed toys below.
But McDonald’s are insistent that this entire incident has been blown way out of proportion, and these toys aren’t actually swearing at all. McDonald’s spokesperson Lisa McComb has come out and explained to Yahoo Parenting that these toys are simply speaking Minionese.
If you’re not fluent in Minionese this is the language that the characters have uttered through Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 and now Minions. McComb explained that Minionese is a "random combination of many languages and nonsense words and sounds."
McComb also took this opportunity to apologise to anyone who has confused the characters’ gibberish and sounds for profanity, but she was insistent that the toy doesn’t actually swear. She helpfully revealed that the Minion Caveman Happy Meal toy that has been accused of polluting the minds of the youth actually says, "para la bukay," "hahaha," and "eh eh."
A psychiatrist also explained that parents are probably hearing this specific sweary phrase because it is suggested that it is there and they are then filling in what they think they’re hearing. Meanwhile kids are just hearing funny noises. Rest assured, Minions, which is out now in cinemas across the US, doesn’t possess any foul language.