UK parents say Islam promoting talking Fisher-Price doll is inappropriate

October 14th, 2008 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct.14 (ANI): Parents in Britain have described an Islam-promoting talking Fisher-Price doll as inappropriate. The Fisher-Price Little Mommy Cuddle ”n Coo is meant to make realistic baby sounds and occasionally cry out for its “mama”.
But some parents claim that one of its noises sounds just like “Islam is the Light”, and have complained to Mattel, which owns Fisher-Price.
Some shops in the US have removed the doll from shelves after complaints from customers, according to reports. It is available in Britain for 19.99 pounds.
The Telegraph quoted a spokesman for Fisher-Price as insisting that the doll was not pushing pro-Islamic messages, adding that the sound some parents were hearing was caused by an accidental distortion of the doll’’s soundtrack.
“The Little Mommy Cuddle ”n Coo dolls feature realistic baby sounds including cooing, giggling, and baby babble with no real sentence structure,” a spokesman said.
“The only scripted word the doll says is ”mama”. There is a sound that may resemble something close to the word ”night”, ”right”, or ”light”.
“Because the original soundtrack is compressed into a file that can be played through an inexpensive toy speaker, actual sounds may be imprecise or distorted.”
Earlier, Mattel released a statement saying that “the power of suggestion” was the reason why parents were mis-hearing the doll.
Distributors Fisher-Price and Mattel deny claims by US parents that a Muslim worker has tampered with the original voice box.
The Sun quoted a Fisher-Price spokesman as saying: The sound is compressed into an inexpensive speaker, so sounds may be imprecise. (ANI)

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