A woman says a child’s toy bought for her son at Walmart contains evidence of a car shooting and abuse by the Pope.
In a TikTok posted Dec. 25, Ashley Lynn (@mommabearash) shows off a toy remote that her grandmother got her 9-month-old son for Christmas. Lynn demonstrates that when buttons are pressed on the remote control, a voice tells jokes, some of which she finds offensive.
“You’ll never guess what a clip-clop, clip-clop, bang-bang, clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop noise makes,” says a voice from the remote control as Lynn presses a button. “An Amish drive-by shoot.”
Another joke makes fun of Catholic priests and sexual abuse.
“How many Catholic priests does it take to screw a light bulb into its socket?” asks the voice. “Two: One for fucking and one for confession.” The Catholic Church has grappled with allegations of papal abuse of underage parishioners for decades – which Pope Francis described as a “monstrosity”.
In the caption to Lynn’s video, which has garnered nearly 15 million views, she says she’s “not happy.”
“A child’s toy – there’s a baby on the box.”
@mommabearash This momma is not happy!! #wrong #notcool #wtf @Walmart #share #warning #donotbuy ♬ Original sound – Ashley Lynn
The remote control LINSAY 1.5 volt electronic educational toy is manufactured by Linsay, an international company that manufactures a wide range of electronics.
In a follow-up video, Lynn shows off the remote control box, saying the toy is “helpful for baby to learn cultural knowledge and play.” She’s also demonstrating another joke, allegedly from the toy, that says Santa and the Easter Bunny “don’t exist” – which she didn’t want her kids to hear.
In an email statement from Linsay, the company’s review team told the Daily Dot that the toy was “retired” and there was an “open investigation.” Linsay said it is also looking into whether the toy, which was recalled after just 27 units had been sold, could be reprogrammed.
Linsay added that the toy is designed to play numbers, songs and the alphabet.
A spokesman for Walmart said in a statement to the Daily Dot that the toy was sold on its website through a third party. But the spokesman said the toy violated Walmart’s policies and has now been removed from the retail giant’s website.
Although the product can no longer be found on Linsay’s or Walmart’s websites, it is still for sale on Lowe’s.com, where reviews link to Lynn’s videos. Some reviews state that Lynn spreads “misinformation” and that in her experience the toy said “nothing inappropriate”.
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*Initial publication: January 5, 2023 2:13 pm CST
Tricia Crimmins is the IRL Editor at the Daily Dot. She is also a New York-based comedian and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She has previously written for Mashable, Complex Networks and Moment magazine. She can be found on Twitter at @TriciaCrimmins.
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