Either grownups simply can’t understand “Minionese” or one of McDonald’s promotional toys for Dreamworks’ new Minions movie actually utters the phrase, “What the fuck.”
Here’s one demonstration, via YouTube, that you can watch and judge for yourself:
Multiple local news stations were on the case this week, interviewing parents who claim they were outraged when the McDonald’s toys spouted what sounded a lot like profanity to them. The offending phrase was definitive enough that Florida’s WFTV Eyewitness News bleeped it out in their broadcast, which was not very helpful to viewers in determining its authenticity.
“It turned out to be a toy that decided to talk profanity,” a grandparent named Bradley Merten told the Florida station of the Minion he found in a Happy Meal. “I can’t believe it’s coming out of a toy.”
“I heard what it said and I’m like, ‘whoa, hang on here.’ It clearly says what it says,” Taylor King told Columbus, Ohio station Fox 28. “[My kids] are old enough now where they’re going to mock anything they hear from a toy. It’s coming from a toy. They’re going to assume it’s OK to say that.”
Reached for comment, a spokesperson for McDonald’s replied:
“Minions speak ‘Minionese’ which is a random combination of many languages and nonsense words and sounds. ‘Minionese’ has no translation to, or meaning in any recognized language. Any perceived similarities to words used within the English language is purely coincidental.”
Phew, glad we got that cleared up.
Watch video below, via WFTV:
[h/t Grub Street]
[Photo via screengrab]
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