This animated video tells the story of Connie Alvarez and her mom, Blanca. Blanca moved from Mexico to the U.S. in search of a better life and, as many of our families know too well, a better life comes after a LOT of hard work. For Blanca, that meant cleaning offices at night with her husband and their two young kids in tow.
The video beautifully highlights how differently kids view the things going on around them. For Blanca and her husband, nights meant work and juggling to keep two young children fed and entertained without the help of a babysitter. For Connie, it meant dishes of office candy, noodles from a vending machine (any food from a vending machine is automatically 987.6 times more exciting for kids than for adults), and naps on office couches.
But all of Blanca’s hard work and sacrifice paid off in one way she might not have expected. Although she wishes now that she could have had more time to spend with her daughter, Connie viewed her mom’s determination to provide for her children while also finishing college as the motivation she needed to pursue her education, too.
There has long been a discussion about the meaning of toys in children’s lives – and along with it, plenty of controversy. From Barbie to Bratz dolls, there has long been talk about the sexualization of kids’ toys, especially those that are marketed to young girls.
Now, a new toy is helping reignite those conversations. A Trolls World Tour doll, specifically the Giggle & Sing Poppy, has been pulled from the shelves due to a massive controversy. The incident is becoming so controversial that a Change.org petition has gained more than 300,000 signatures. Now, the toys manufacturer, Hasbro, has been forced to pull the toy.
Hasbro has recalled a collection of ‘Trolls’ dolls from stores after complaints from concerned parents.
Famous toy maker Hasbro has said that it will remove a line of Trolls dolls from store shelves after people complained that a button on the doll is inappropriately placed under its skirt. The decision comes after an online petition was created urging stores to remove the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” doll.
The petition has massed nearly 300,000 signatures. “When you push this button on the doll’s private she gasps and giggles. This is not okay for a child’s toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores,” reads the petition, which is addressed to Target, Walmart, Amazon, Dollar General and Family Dollar stores.
In a statement to Forbes, Julie Duffy, senior vice president of global communications at Hasbro, said: “This feature was designed to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate.”
“This was not intentional and we are happy to provide consumers with a replacement Poppy doll of similar value through our Consumer Care team. We are in the process of removing the item for purchase,” Duffy’s statement continued.
A video of a mom demonstrating the doll’s button has gone viral on several social media platforms.
All the drama started, as it often does these days, on social media. An Instagram video by a concerned parent said that her 2-year-old daughter was gifted the Giggle & Sing Poppy for her birthday
In the video, she implies that she thinks that the company is “grooming our kids” for sex trafficking. Other parents seemed to agree. Jessica McManis recently started a Change.org petition to remove the doll from shelves, writing “Our society is conditioning our children to think pedophilia is ok.” The petition has now gone viral with almost 300,000 signatures.
Instagram has now added a fact checking label on the video video to confirm that, y’know, “There is no evidence, beyond the fears of some mothers, that the button is part of a secret strategy by the toymaker to prep kids for sex trafficking.”
‘Trolls’ dolls have long been popular and this latest controversy likely won’t hurt the iconic brand.
Trolls dolls were originally created in 1959 and have gone through so many iterations. I remember playing with them as a kid in the 90s. And they’re once again gaining in popularity thanks to a recent movie from the franchise.
Poppy, voiced by Anna Kendrick, is one of the main characters in the latest Trolls film. “Trolls World Tour” premiered for on-demand video streaming in April when most of the world was in quarantine, and Universal announced that it had the biggest opening day and weekend for a digital title, according to Variety.
These dolls aren’t the first ones to stir up some serious controversy.
Talk about despicable. In 2015, McDonald’s included a Minion toy in every Happy Meal box as a tie-in with the animated blockbuster featuring the breakout stars of the Despicable Me franchise. Like their big-screen counterparts, these bright yellow toys spoke in their own unique language… except for one particular phrase. Parents became convinced that a caveman Minion blurted out “What the f***” and took to YouTube to post the evidence.
For its part, McDonald’s insisted this just wasn’t true. “The allegation that this toy is saying any offensive phrase is not true,” a McDonald’s spokeswoman said in a statement provided to CNBC. “We apologise for any confusion or offence to those who may have interpreted the sounds for anything other than gibberish.”
I mean…who thought a vibrating broomstick was a good idea?!
A long and vibrating toy doesn’t sound like a toy for children… But that’s what Mattel had planned for its vibrating version of Harry Potter’s signature Quidditch broomstick. However, Amazon comments by parent reviewers quickly revealed a different story. The toy company pulled the Nimbus from circulation.
Also, Elmo was already terrifying but this is next level.
The talking Elmo doll – which was super popular in 2008 – made headlines when the already kind of scary looking Elmo was spitting out Chucky-esque death threats. A Florida woman claimed that the doll was threatening her two-year old son and local news footage seemed to back up her claims.
The doll – which parents could program to utter 100 personalized phrases – was allegedly saying “Kill James.” Fisher-Price ultimately offered to replace the mother’s toy, but that’s a case where you definitely don’t want Elmo to know your name.
Pablo Escobar is one of the most notorious drug lords to ever be. Years later, his story continues to unfold and this time it is because of his first-born son who was adopted by an MI6 agent.
A man in Europe has come forward as Pablo Escobar’s long-lost first-born son.
Roberto Sendoya Escobar, who lives in Mallorca, Spain under his adopted name of Phillip Witcomb, first found out that he was Pablo Escobar’s son in 1989. His adoptive father, an MI6 agent, told him when he was 24. Since then, Roberto Escobar has been trying to figure out how to absorb this identity into his life.
In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Roberto admitted to never really knowing who Pablo was at first.
After his adoptive father told him the news, Roberto had to do some research to figure out who Pablo was. However, Roberto did spend time going back to Colombia with his dad and met Pablo. The reason was that his adoptive father was still trying to keep Pablo close for his own undercover work.
“I just remember the smell of the guy and I also remember, to be honest with you, a bit intimidated,” Roberto recalls. “I was quite a young child and I didn’t really understand what was going on.”
While he barely remembers, Roberto’s adoptive dad rescued him after a shoot out that killed his mom.
In his interview with BBC Newsnight, Roberto says he doesn’t remember the shoot out because he was an infant. However, he does have random moments of remembering big flashes of the gunfight but nothing of a coherent memory of the shooting.
It was during that shootout that Roberto’s adoptive father discovered him and adopted him. When Roberto was older he was sent to boarding school in the U.K. and grew up as part of the Witcomb family.
You can watch the rest of the interview and learn about the series of events leading to the revelation.
Realy goes to show that some people have a lot to learn about their own pasts. Some times things are not close to what they seem.