Hasbro is taking some heat for what many are calling a phallic-shaped extruder in its Play Doh Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset. What do you think? Is it inappropriate, or no big deal?
Play-Doh, by most standards, is an exceedingly innocuous toy. Kids can use the pliable dough to build all manner of things—rather than level cities and shoot people—and they can even eat moderate amounts of it without ending up in the emergency room. But over the holiday season, some parents made a rather unpleasant discovery: a tool in a Play-Doh kit that strongly resembles a penis. Pictures of the offending part circulated on Twitter with clever wordplays like “Dil-Doh.”
Incidentally, the item is on sale on Amazon right now and is listed as their #1 bestseller. My guess is that with all this publicity it will sell out quickly!