Grandparents Say Elmo Toy Spouts Inappropriate Message


Is a popular children's toy spouting out a grown-up message? The company that manufactures the toy says no, but two central Ohio grandparents think otherwise.

Jerry and Judy Hunt said they purchased a Fisher Price Elmo phone for their 10-month-old granddaughter, but while testing out the toy, the Hunts said they heard an inappropriate message, 10TV's Cara Connelly reported.

According to the Hunts, they pushed a button on the phone and heard a voice ask, "Who wants to have sex?"

The phone and the alleged message have been discussed widely on the Internet.

The Hunts said they contacted Fisher Price and asked for answers.

"I finally called corporate and again I got an apology (and they said) send the toy back," Judy Hunt said.

10TV contacted Fisher Price about the toy. The company responded with an e-mail that said, "The phrase in question is that in which Elmo says, '4, 5, 6.'

Fisher Price also attached a sound file containing the phrase in question, Connelly reported.

Still, the Hunts said they stood by their first reaction, which was that the toy was talking dirty.

"People need to know before they give these toys to their children," Judy Hunt said. "They need to check the different buttons to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Fisher Price said it carefully writes and reviews the audio in its toys to make sure they are appropriate for children, Connelly reported.

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