You have to wonder what goes through people’s minds sometimes. Many of the thoughts and ideas just seem unfathomable. Befuddlement has occasionally surfaced in the toy designs for children. However, one Ontario grandmother discovered something that’s beyond baffling.

To begin with, it’s difficult to fathom how anyone could come up with this talking-toy idea. Nevertheless, even if the idea somehow navigated its way through a toymaker’s brainstorming session, how it ever made it to the assembly line defies logic.

There should be some level of safeguard to test the words. As we mentioned, the toy does talk. This grandmother thought she was purchasing an innocent educational toy for her 15-month-old granddaughter. When she heard what the toy said, she was shocked.

Ania Turner told CTV News Toronto, “This toy uses swear words and talking about cocaine use.” The toy is a talking cactus, but what it says is what’s prickly. The cactus is fluent in three languages; English, Spanish, and Polish.

It is a toy that sings songs. For a price of $26, one would assume it might actually provide some level of educational value. Well, that’s probably true if you’re trying to educate your 15-year-old on foul-mouthed, drug-using street slang.

Tanner is Polish, so she tested out the Polish songs. That’s the language that grabbed her attention. Tanner thought it was some kind of joke. However, in Polish, the talking cactus was swearing and talking about snorting cocaine.

The song itself is by a Polish rapper, Cypis. Cypis insists that he did not know that his adult rap song was used for this toy. A Chinese children’s toy company manufactures the foul-mouthed talking cactus. Why does this not surprise us?

The toy was available across much of Europe through Amazon. One would think that the online retail giant would have enough sense to inspect the toys they sell for children. Certainly, someone should be liable, even beyond the manufacturer.

A Walmart spokesperson told CTV News Toronto, “These items are sold by a third-party seller on our marketplace website. We are removing the items while we look into this complaint further.” That’s fine. However, this toy should have been thoroughly inspected first.

Evidently, this is not the first report about the toy. Complaints date back over five months. This level of ineptitude is unconscionable. Once they’re implanted, how can such words be erased from a child’s mind? They cannot. There need to be harsh penalties for such blatant ineptitude.


Daniel is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and amateur theologian. He writes about topics of politics, culture, freedom, and faith.

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