McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys That Sound Like They’re Cursing Cause Controversy

The Minions have invaded McDonald’s, and parents claim the Happy Meal toys are spewing some not-very-G-rated language

Photo One Eyed Minion Modified: Flickr/ Sonny Abesamis / CC: 2.0


 ‘Minions’ may be the kid-friendly blockbuster of the summer, but these toys are raising some eyebrows.

A batch of McDonald’s Happy Meals is making some parents very unhappy. The Minions movie hits theaters this summer, and McDonald’s is serving Minions Happy Meals to their younger customers featuring the adorable, yellow organisms. But according to a video released to a local Fox syndicate in Columbus, Ohio, the toys sound like they’re not very kid-friendly. Many parents are contending that the toys actually sound like they are cursing — specifically, like they are saying “WTF,” unabbreviated.

"As soon as we heard it, we took it away," Robert Frazier, who bought the toys for his young children, told Fox. "I listened to it and that's when we found out that's what it was saying."

Many parents are protesting that McDonald’s should pull the toys. According to Fox, McDonald’s is claiming that the little yellow figurines are actually speaking “Minionese,” a gibberish language with some English words thrown in like “banana” and “papaya.”


“Minions speak ‘Minionese,’ which is a random combination of many languages and nonsense words and sounds,” said McDonald’s spokesperson Becca Harry. “We apologize for any confusion or offense to customers who may have interpreted the sounds for anything other than gibberish.  Any perceived similarities to actual English words are purely coincidental.”