Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cranberry sauce? Young babies can't have cranberry sauce.

Back when The Wife of the Previous Messiah was looking for dirty things in records, and even before that, there were a lot of accusations that various groups - especially heavy metal groups - were inserting secret messages into their recordings which would cause the listeners to smoke reefer, off themselves, or vote Democratic. (Funny, Tipper didn't seem to mind that.)

True Discernment reports the latest possible episode, and it's not in your music collection, but on the toy shelves:

When Gary Rofkahr from Owasso heard there was a baby doll on local store shelves that said, “Islam is the Light,” he didn’t believe it.

He bought the Little Mommy Real Loving Baby Cuddle and Coo doll to see for himself and he was shocked to hear the words, “Islam is the Light” among other baby gibberish including “Mama.”

“I have a 1-year-old granddaughter,” he said. “It makes me mad that someone is trying to indoctrinate our children with an innocent toy.”

He called Fisher Price to complain. He was told they were aware of the problem and would gladly refund his money.

“I told them I didn’t want my money back, I wanted them to pull these dolls off the shelf,” he said. “They told me they can’t pull an item just because a customer requests it, they have to have corporate direction. I told them I would get corporate direction and get back to them. I told them I’m from a town of 30,000 people with 46 churches in it and I know someone who attends each one. I’m going to everyone I know to tell them about this and I’m going to call Target and Wal-Mart and see if we can pull this doll off the shelves.”

John also notes Mattel's response:

The only scripted word that the doll actually says is “mama.” There is a sound that may resemble something close to the word “night, right, or light.” All of the other sounds are baby sounds with no real words or sentence structure.

But there's a YouTube video that allows you to judge for yourself (provided you trust the videographer):

But Hetal Gandhi wonders if the power of suggestion is in play:

We asked [Tampa] Bay area residents if they heard the same message.

"Can't understand what it's saying."

"I didn't hear it , I heard mama."

However, once we told people about the complaint, they agreed that it sounded like the doll was saying, "Islam is the light."

"Islam is the light, yeah I definitely heard it again there, I don't like it at all."

"Islam is the light. I heard it."

"Islam is the light, yeah that's very clear I can hear it now. I don't know I think that it's a strange thing without saying it on there that it says that."

However, the vocal people about this aren't just thinking about Mattel. They're thinking about something else:

MyTakeOnThings wrote:

All you Obama band wagoners, when we go to hell in his hand basket, don't complain to McCain supporters, after all we didn't vote him in. Because you will be getting just what you wanted. A muslim in the highest US Office position. After all we didn't vote him in. When we have socialistic economy, and everything spirals down..... reap what you sow. Vote wise, Vote McCain/Palin. Stay true to American roots. Yep, I said it. I am sick to death of all the Obama suporters, they all stand there with their hands out for that free ride trickling down as he promises that he'll spread the wealth... blah, blah, blah. Its gotta come from somewhere, oh lets all the hard working Americans pay for lazy a**es to collect their "fair share" off us. Oh, lets mention the Howard Stern interviews on Obama supporters. They were questioned... if they were voting for him because he is pro-life, or is it because the wants to stay and finish this war? They said "oh, both." And when asked if they had a problem with his running mate Sarah Palin for Vice President? They stated.... "no, she good she'll do a good job". Proving once again why people are voting for Obama, and they don't even know his issues, or who his running mate is. C'mon America, are we going to let them prove we are as stupid as they want us to be?

MyTakeOnThings must be part of Rod Dreher's 23% of Texans who believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Frnakly, I wasn't even sure if orthodox Muslims played with dolls - I wondered if they might consider them some form of idolatry. But you can buy a true Muslim doll:

Razanne : The Muslim Doll

The perfect gift for all Muslim girls!

New Modest Figure! New Beautiful, Brushable Hair! New Islamic Fashions and Accessories!

Your Choice of Blonde, Brown or Black Hair. And Fair, Olive or Black Complexion.


Builds Muslim identity and self-esteem
Provides Islamic role model
Promotes Islamic behavior
Shapes interactive play

Ammar Saadeh talked about Razanne on

"It doesn't matter if you're tall or short, thin or fat, beautiful or not, the real beauty seen by God and fellow Muslims is what's in your soul," he said.

And that's gotta worry Mattel more than some people's interpretations of gibberish. It's possible that if people start valuing a person rather than a person's looks, there could be a decrease in revenues for Mattel. I'm sure that Mattel could calculate the possible decline, but, as you know, math is hard.

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