Friday, 30 January 2009

More toys preaching on behalf of Islam...

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Do you remember a truly absurd story from several months ago, when a Fisher Price doll that makes baby noises was withdrawn from sale because parents in the US were complaining that it was actually saying "Islam is the light"?

To be honest you're probably better off if you've forgotten about it, but I'm going to remind you because I've just seen this story about a woman in Indiana who thinks her daughter's Nintendo DS "Baby Pals" game is also preaching that "Islam is the light".

Funnily enough, this same parent was one of those who complained about the Fisher Price doll after buying one of those for her daughter, and now she seems to have entered a bizarre state of "Islam is the light" paranoia which will involve her checking all her children's toys for subliminal Islamic messages:
"Not just my daughters' toys but we have a son too. Now I feel like I need to listen to all of his little toys to make sure they're not saying it."
Of course, the toys have actually been saying this and we are not just dealing with a bizarre manifestation of the deeply ingrained cultural/religious prejudices of a single individual...

2 comments:

ShavenYak said...

Could be worse. There used to be the Teletubby that made rude insinuations about your child's sexual preferences, and the Little Mermaid doll that, if you pressed the talk button with just the right timing, would almost-but-not-quite accuse your daughter of promiscuity.

FishNChimps said...

I guess she'd better check her old record collection. That pesky Judas Priest LP, played backwards.... well, you never know.