A father wants Disney to pull a line of ‘Sadness’ toys from shelves and his reasoning is a bit outrageous. The dad claims the toy from the hit movie ‘Inside Out’ expresses suicidal thoughts.
Andrew Smith, of Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands, is not finding joy (pun intended) in a toy he bought for his daughter. The father purchased a speaking Sadness doll from the smash hit movie Inside Out for his 11-year-old, and says the toy’s phrases are inappropriate.
If you’ve been lucky enough to see Disney’s new animated movie, Inside Out, then you are VERY familiar with the characters. If not, let us bring you up to speed. It’s a film about a young girl who has five characters in her head that represent her emotions. There is Anger, Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Fear — all of which play a vital part in her personality.
Okay, back to the story. Andrew who is a psychology student, went to a Disney store in the UK and bought his daughter a Sadness doll without having seen the movie yet, reports the Daily Record. Once his daughter pressed the doll, he was shocked to hear it voiced what he says are “suicidal comments”.
One phrase that Sadness says is, “Crying makes me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.” Another is, “I’m in an emotional slump – my legs don’t work. Give me an hour” and “Goodbye friendship, hello loneliness.”
Andrew has since branded the phrases as “toxic” and called on Disney to recall the toy from sale. He told the outlet, “I wasn’t terribly keen on her buying a doll called Sadness having spent the last year at uni doing psychology. I didn’t think it was a terribly good idea for mental well-being but then I thought because it was Disney, what’s the harm? It turned out I was very, very wrong.”
He went on to say, “It had some very generic phrases but also some absolutely crazy messages for young children. The doll speaks in a very slow, depressed, melancholic tone and myself and my partner sat listening to it and we thought ‘that’s heavy, even for an adult.'”
Andrew also added, “I think it is a really damaging message for young children, in particular pre-teens who maybe struggling with hormones anyway. To have something telling them their legs aren’t working because they are in an emotional slump, it’s almost putting a suggestion onto somebody that this could happen to them.”
Well, we know one thing, Sadness would be very upset if Disney pulled the toys.
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