This post has been updated.
As part of a promotion for the Universal Studios movie Minions, which will be released in US theaters tomorrow, McDonald’s is including Minions action figures in its Happy Meals. The toys “talk” with pre-recorded phrases, which McDonald’s says are supposed to be in the unintelligible and fictional language “Minionese.” On this point, some unhappy customers would beg to differ.
“I heard what it said and I’m like, ‘whoa, hang on here,'” Ohio man Taylor King told his local news station. What he heard was a phrase commonly abbreviated as “WTF.”
He is one of many parents who reported snatching the toys away from their young children upon hearing what sounded to them like profanity. In addition to the offending phrase, some say they also hear “Well, I’ll be damned” coming from the minions.
Plenty of other adults, however, don’t recognize any familiar language (profane or not) in the toys’ sounds…
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