She soon realized that the toy had a feature that was not mentioned on the box – there was a button between the doll’s legs on the “private parts”.
In order to stress her concern, Jamie videotaped herself pressing the button, claiming that when she did, it made “sex sounds” like gasping.
In the clip she says, “Touch her belly and she makes little singing sounds and she’s super cute.”
“I was showing her to my husband and heard other sounds that I had never heard before and if you look, here is a button, here on her private parts and if you push it, she makes these sounds, like a gasp and I know some of you might not think this is a problem, but it is. ”
She continued, “On the one hand, it doesn’t say anything about that button on the box, nothing, it’s just there and it makes a gasping sound when you touch her private parts and to me it’s just like sounds. sexual and it’s so disturbing. ”
The button isn’t mentioned in Hasbro product descriptions for the Poppy doll, but it says, “When you sit her down she makes other funny sounds too!” ”
After seeing the video, her compatriot Jessica McManis decided to take action and started a petition urging the manufacturer to stop selling the dolls.
More than 360,000 people signed the petition, and many agreed in comments that the doll was “inappropriate” and “sick.”
Hasbro has since decided to remove the doll from sale.
Julie Duffy, the company’s senior vice president for global communications, told CNN, “This feature was designed to respond when the doll was seated, but we recognize that the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate.
“It was not intentional, and we are happy to provide consumers with a replacement Poppy doll of similar value through our customer service team. We are in the process of removing the item for purchase. “