‘ It’s meant to say Mama and Papa, but seems to be saying, You bitch’
It’s just baby babble, claim the makers of ‘ potty- mouthed doll’
A MUM was stunned when the doll she bought from the Chelmsley Wood branch of Argos for her daughter’s second birthday SWORE at the tot.
Instead of saying “Mama” and “Papa”, the talking doll came out with a mouthful, saying “You bitch!”
The My Little BABY Born Walks doll from Argos is described as a walking doll that can speak when voice- activated. But when little Aria opened it on her big day, her mother Rachael Horton couldn’t believe what she heard.
“It was my daughter’s birthday but we were at Butlins so she didn’t open her presents until the weekend,” says the Birmingham mum.
“When we took the doll out of the box and started playing with it, I couldn’t believe what we heard.
“She’s supposed to say ‘ Mama’ and ‘ Papa’ but instead she seems to be saying ‘ You bitch’.
“Now, my two- year- old is copying her and trying to say ‘ bitch’ herself.
“I’m shocked, especially as it’s very clear what the doll is saying.”
Rachael contacted Argos customer services and was told she could return the doll and exchange it for something else.
But the mum- of- one thinks the store should withdraw the product so the same thing doesn’t happen to other parents.
“They said it’s best to come in and change it, which I don’t think is acceptable,” she says.
“I don’t want to just switch it for something else. My daughter is only two, I don’t want her hearing words like that. I’m very shocked that Argos would sell something like that.”
It appears that Rachael isn’t the only parent to have been stunned by the doll’s words.
“When I looked on the Argos reviews, a woman had posted on there that she thought the doll swore too,” she adds. A review posted on the Argos website on October 18 reads: “Doll sounds like she is swearing or talking in a foreign language. Returned as daughter was very disappointed on her birthday.”
The Argos website says: “My Little Baby Born will walk when voice activated or when she hears her rattle and says ‘ Mama’ and ‘ Papa’! It says that the doll is suitable for children aged two years old and above.
The makers of the doll say the potty- mouthed chat is just ‘ baby babble’.
Zapf Creation, manufacturer of the My Little BABY Born Walks doll, says the doll’s words were not meant to cause offence. They said: “The My Little BABY Born Walks doll includes baby babble sounds that are in no way meant to represent language or cause any offence to users.”
The My Little BABY Born Walks doll is sold by a number of retailers, including Argos, John Lewis and Smyths Toys.
An Argos spokesman said: “We can confirm we have shared the customer’s feedback with the manufacturer and are contacting her to apologise for any offence this may have caused.
“We’ll also arrange an appropriate replacement doll for her daughter.”
Rachael Horton and two- year- old Aria with the offending Argos doll