Parents want controversial doll recalled


Saturday, October 18th 2008, 7:48 pm
By: News 9


By Jon Jordan, NEWS 9

OKALHOMA CITY -- A toy doll is causing controversy on store shelves across the nation. Some believe the doll carries a religious message that's inappropriate for children of the age group the doll is aimed at.

Many parents are outraged and want the doll removed from store shelves.

The doll certainly looks harmless but some say when the doll makes its baby noises, if you listen closely, it also says ‘Islam is the light.'

The doll is called the Little Mommy Cuddle N' Coo and is by made Fisher Price. According to the box, the toy's target audience is children 2 years of age and older. The doll can be bought in most major stores like Toys R' Us.

Parent Brenda Johnson said she was shocked when she heard the toy for the first time.

"It's stunning. I can't believe that someone would do this and sell this to babies. It's for ages 2 and up, so I mean, there is no warning, nothing," Johnson said.

Johnson is so upset she has asked stores to pull the doll from their shelves.

"I can't believe that people would use children to do this to them, you know, influence them with Islam," Johnson said.

Other consumers NEWS 9 spoke with only heard the message once they were told what it could be saying.

Mattel, the parent company of Fisher Price, said the doll contains no religious messages.

In a statement released by Mattel, the company said "The Little Mommy Cuddle N' Coo dolls feature realistic baby sounds including cooing, giggling and baby babble with no real sentence structure." "Because the original sound track is compressed into a file that can be played through an inexpensive toy speaker, actual sounds maybe imprecise or distorted."

But those like Johnson aren't buying it, or the doll.

"We need to boycott Fisher Price," Johnson said.

Johnson said some stores she has talked to have taken the doll off their shelves, but others have refused.

As for Mattel, they have no plans on recalling the doll, but they did say they will be removing the controversial sound from future production.

Click on the video to the right, to judge what the doll says for yourself.