MARQUETTE — Parents are finding potty–mouthed Caveman Minions in their children’s McDonald’s Happy Meals across the nation, but the fast–food chain hasn’t pulled them out of distribution yet. Sarah Mac has more about a local family who had to deal with the ‘Gru–some’ toy.
It was a normal day for the Vial family. They pulled up to a local McDonald’s in Harvey and order their three–year–old and five–year–old sons happy meals. They went home, finished their meal and left the kids to play with their new toys. The parents didn’t believe anything was amiss until their five–year–old approached them with his new toy with a strong vocabulary. Needless to say, the parents weren’t lovin’ it.
Local inn keeper and father, Jesse Vial says, “He wouldn’t tell us at first, but you know, he smiled and his mother had said, cause, you know, we had heard it, you know we asked him if he knew what it was saying, and he knew.”
The PG rated Minions movie is already in theaters.
“If you were the producers of the Minoins Movie,” Vial added, “wouldn’t you be upset that McDonald’s released a toy that’s cursing at Children?”
After speaking to a representative from a local store, all we found out was what they read from a piece of paper provided by Corporate, pretty much saying, ‘Sorry you heard what you heard, parents, but for your comfort, maybe a lesson in Minionese could clear the air.’
McDonald’s corporate explained in the release sent out to local stores that Minionese is a jumbled up combination of words from different languages and made–up, nonsense words. So, are folks here in Marquette County and across the nation simply lost in translation? In an official statement to ABC 10 and CW 5, McDonald’s says:
“Our goal at McDonald’s is to serve up food and fun for our valued customers, and we’re glad to have the Minions on board.
The Minion Caveman Happy Meal toy includes three sounds: ‘para la bukay,’ ‘hahaha,’ and ‘eh eh.
“We’re aware of a very small number of customers who have been in touch regarding this toy, and we regret any confusion or offense to those who may have misinterpreted its sounds. The allegation that this toy is saying anything offensive or profane is not true.”
The Vials did not call the local store, but McDonald’s says to inform them right away if you aren’t happy with the toy and they will replace it.”
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