‘ 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’

Solihull News - - NEWS - ZOE CHAM­BER­LAIN zoe. cham­ber­lain@ trin­i­tymir­ror. com

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

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