Even if you’re not a parent, chances are you’ve heard about the toy every kid has to have this holiday season: the Hatchimal. It’s a toy egg that contains a Furby-like animal, and after you play with it for about 30 minutes, the egg hatches and a little creature pops out. And, that’s it. But they’re all the rage. They even sold out before Christmas, so some desperate parents went and spent upwards of triple the regular price to score one on eBay. Ugh.
The latest twist in the troubling tale of the Hatchimal trend: Some parents believe the damn thing has a dirty mouth. One dad in Canada named Nick Galego is making headlines for posting a video on Christmas in which it sounds like his kid’s Hatchimal says “fuck me.” HA.
Here’s the clip.
I mean, that’s definitely a lot of sultry sighing and at least something “f”-sounding followed by “me.” WTH?
Galego told CTV Vancouver Island that he’s “pretty sure” the egg was saying “fuck me,” and his wife concurred. That’s not stopping them from letting their kid keep the Hatchimal. “If he was a little bit older, we might be more offended about it,” Sarah Galego said.
Of course, Hatchimal owners are now all up in arms, arguing whether or not the toy is saying what parents like the Galegos think its saying. And more YouTube vids have followed.
Spin Master, the company that produces Hatchimals, denies that the toys use foul language. A company spokesperson told BuzzFeed News they “can assure consumers that Hatchimals do not curse, nor do they use foul language.”
And Tara Tucker, VP global marketing communications, said, “Hatchimals communicate by speaking their own unique language, which is made up of random sounds, and by making other noises, including shivering when they’re cold and snoring while they sleep.”
They can also be taught to repeat words you “teach” them, so sure, they could end up spewing a whole bunch of profanities. “There is a repeat function and the Hatchimal will repeat what the user says,” Tucker said.
Here’s one example of that.
And this is why we cannot have cute, furry things.