LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. – A Lansingburgh woman is furious after buying what she thought would be an innocent Play-Doh toy for her daughter.
A Play-Doh toy has recently sparked nationwide attention, and the controversy surrounding it has reached the Capital Region. A woman who did not want to be identified said she wants an explanation as to why a toy could be made to look like what she claims is inappropriate.
“Definitely shocked,” she said. “This right here was a mindblower.”
The Lansingburgh woman said she bought her seven-year-old daughter the Hasbro Play-Doh Cake Mountain Playset two days before Christmas.
“I was like, ‘Let me grab this for her,’” she explained.
But when she noticed several people complaining on Facebook that the set’s extruder tool resembled something that could be construed as inappropriate, she said she instantly took it away.
“I asked my daughter to go get it for me,” she said. “So she go gets it, and my son’s like, ‘That looks like a [inappropriate body part].’ And it does.”
The woman said she told her children the toy was inappropriate, and it wasn’t meant for children to play with or see.
She said she called Hasbro for an explanation about the piece but was told they were closed for the holiday. However, after nationwide outrage, the company released the following statement:
“We have heard some consumer feedback about the extruder tool in the Play-Doh Cake Mountain Playset and are in the process of updating all future Play-Doh products with a different tool.”
Meanwhile, the woman said some believe she is in the wrong because she should have known what she was purchasing for her child, but she does not feel that way.
“It has a children’s age on it, and it says three plus years of age and that stuff that they had in the box is for people that’s over 21,” she said. “It’s not acceptable.”
The woman went on to say she is waiting for a refund from Hasbro, and while she said she will not stop buying Play-Doh for her children, she will be more aware next time.