While summer blockbuster Minions is a mega-hit with both kids and adults alike, some parents consider a promotional toy from the movie included in McDonald's latest happy meal a huge flop. The parents insist that the talking tech toy is swearing and have confiscated the foul-mouthed plaything from their distraught tots.
The parents swear (no pun intended) they can distinctly hear the Minion toy saying words that we can't print here but are commonly abbreviated as "WTF." They want McDonald's to immediately stop selling the gadget in their happy meals. A McDonald's spokesperson, meanwhile, claims that the parents are hearing voices in their own heads and that the toys only utter nonsense words.
"Minions speak 'Minionese,'" says a company rep, "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 as anything other than gibberish. The allegation that this toy is saying any offensive phrase is not true. Any perceived similarities to actual English words are purely coincidental."
The company insists that the words which the toy is actually uttering are "Para la bukay," "Ha ha ha," and "Eh eh." Check out the video below and decide for yourself what the Caveman Minion is really saying. However, be careful — ask yourself if you really would have thought they were cursing if you hadn't been prompted to listen for it beforehand. You may be experiencing "pareidolea," defined as "the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features."
Then again, given the many unsolved mysteries surrounding Earth's natural satellite, it may be premature and arrogant to definitively state that the moon doesn't have human features. Similarly, consider the very real possibility that the souls of the Minions have unwittingly invaded the toys bearing their likeness and, having wound up in McDonald's of all places, are understandably wondering, "WTF?"