The toys being sent home with children in their McDonald’s Happy Meals are leaving some parents decidedly unhappy.
In promotion of the new film Minions (a spinoff of Despicable Me), McDonald’s has been serving up tiny plastic versions of the lovable yellow characters, complete with the ability to speak a few giggling, jibberish phrases.
But what parents are hearing is leaving them in a huff; many insist that of the three phrases that the toys speak, one sounds an awful lot like “What the f*#%.”
In response to which, parents are asking…WTF?
McDonald’s, however, is insisting that the words spoken by the toys aren’t even English, let alone profanity.
A spokesperson for the fast food chain told Yahoo:
Minions speak ‘Minionese,’ which is a random combination of many languages and nonsense words and sounds…We’re aware of a very small number of customers who have been in touch regarding this toy, and we apologize for any confusion or offense to those who may have interpreted the sounds for anything other than jibberish. [But] the allegation that this toy is saying any offensive phrase is not true…The Minion Caveman Happy Meal toy includes three phrases: ‘para la bukay,’ ‘hahaha,’ and ‘eh eh.’ Any perceived similarities to actual English words are purely coincidental.
Below is a video of the toy in question. While we admit we can hear it, we aren’t so sure we would have if we hadn’t intentionally be listening for it. Judge for yourselves: