McDonald's Happy Meals got real f'ing cute this week. The children's meals included "Minions" toys that spout, what some parents believe, are swear words.
Concerned parents think the bespectacled yellow guys say "What the f—?" whereas McDonald's marketing reps counter, "No, no, that's just Minionese." (Mmhmm.)
The representative explained in an email, "Minions speak 'Minionese,' which is a random combination of many languages and nonsense words and sounds. We're aware of a very small number of customers who have been in touch regarding this toy, and we apologize for any confusion or offense to those who may have interpreted the sounds as anything other than gibberish," the Hollywood Reporter writes in the partially excerpted email. "The allegation that this toy is saying any offensive phrase is not true. Any perceived similarities to actual English words are purely coincidental."
McDonald's hasn't planned to pull the toy (because news travels fast and we're all running out to get a Minion saying, "What the f—"?).
Universal's "Minions" is a prequel to the popular "Despicable Me" movies and opens tonight. Sandra Bullock, Allison Janney and Jon Hamm are the featured voices.
As for the controversial Caveman Minion, he's supposedly saying "para la bukay," "ha ha ha" and "eh eh." (We prefer the more newsworthy interpretation.) If Thursday night previews are any indication, the movie is set to be a hit with or without a potty-mouthed product tie-in.