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Walmart pulls children's toy that swears and sings in Polish about doing cocaine

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Walmart pulls children's toy that swears and sings in Polish about doing cocaine


@aitchnyu 4 hours

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I'm Indian and my 4 year old niece is very fond of Barbie Girl, which is a popular kids song for generations. Very few notice its about a woman's submission fantasy.

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@ffhhj 10 hours

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Wonder if they will also pull all the cheap laser/UV safety goggles that actually offer no protection at all.

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@Someone1234 11 hours

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Still available from Amazon.

While there is a reference to the Polish language problem, most of the negative reviews are about the low quality, lack of volume control, and general failures.

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@SyzygistSix 10 hours

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Ebay sells out of popular toy that swears and sings in Polish about doing cocaine

"This year's hit toy was late in coming, and the few remaining are going fast, some for incredible prices."

I've never heard of Cypis, and now I absolutely want this toy. Learning to swear in Polish is a form of education. The happy accidents coming from Asian production can be really awesome. There are lots of negatives from this kind of production; we should be happy for the few positive ones. This is almost as great as getting a Barbie Liberation Army GI Joe or Barbie.

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@wpietri 8 hours

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If you search for these things on Amazon, you will find about a zillion sellers. Seems like somebody could use this to map out a whole set of dubious marketing companies.

But my favorite bit is the product Q&A here: https://www.amazon.com/GOBOOMAN-Dancing-Childhood-Education-...

It's full of would be scam accomplices who bought the product on the promise of getting the money refunded if they gave a 5-star review. E.g.:

Q: Is this product easy to use?

A: No, the seller is a liar and deceived me. Let me buy it and give it a five-star review and give me a refund. Then the fact is that I did not receive a refund from the seller.

Delicious. More scamming of scammers, please!

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@AlbertoGP 10 hours

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This was noticed by a Polish mother in Taiwan and reported last July: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhiZmWTwMZU&t=202s

Here is the cactus playing the song in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54MxIrPvFME

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@tyingq 11 hours

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"These items are sold by a third-party seller on our marketplace website"

That's really the essence of the story here. Walmart, Amazon, and others sell almost anything via their 3rd party seller functionality. With little oversight on product safety, counterfeits, issues like this one, etc. And not really enough visual cues and explanation to the buyer about what a 3rd party marketplace is. People seem to understand, for example, that their eBay purchase is something of a crapshoot. They don't always get that idea on Amazon and WalMart.

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@tester34 11 hours

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Haha

There are kinda popular video(s) called "Polish Cow" which's basically animated cow dancing with this "hard song" in the background that people are not familiar with.

I bet it has something to do with this.

Probably those chinese manufacturers weren't aware or didn't care what does this song actually mean, but they just wanted to use something popular (maybe at that time)

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=polish+cow

even top comment on youtube says

>guy: puts his heart into a song about addiction and depression

>the internet: hehe funny cow go brrr

edit:

https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/tylko-jedno-w-glowie-mam-poli...

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@c1yd3i 9 hours

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@cosmodisk 6 hours

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I used to work in translation industry, so I think I've got a pretty good idea why this could have happened. The toy manufacturer or local distributor hired some audio company to do polish recording. They then outsourced to someone and probably screwed up with payments,so ended up getting 'alternative' recordings. The company was cheap,so no QA was done either. Boom, the cactus is now on the shelves. Our company picked up some major airlines in Asia to translate their inflight film catalog,as the last provider did it in a way that 'Titanic' became 'Drowning dicks' and etc.. The languages involved were quite exotic but still spoken by millions.

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@lmilcin 8 hours

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I am Polish.

I have seen the toy many months ago, if not the previous year. It has been internet sensation for a long time.

I fail to understand how this is any news.

My younger son (4 1/2) has learned this by accident (yeah, a moment of unrestricted youtube access) and now I am trying to get him to unlearn the song.

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@akudha 10 hours

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A Chinese company stole a Polish song, put it into kids toys and is selling them in the U.S, without the marketplace realizing it (though the last part is hard to believe)

All serious issues aside, that is true globalization, lol. Copyright issues, quality control issues, ignorance (willful?) ...

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@renewiltord 7 hours

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Walmart and friends only advantage is that I can go to the store and buy things. But they make searching for items I have to go to the store for really hard.

Many times I just want to know if this is in stock 30 mins from me. Any longer and I will just have it shipped on Amazon.

But instead Walmart is a shitty Amazon and I never use it.

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@1cvmask 12 hours

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This is the weirdest Easter egg I have come across in a toy ever. Something tells me that this will become a collectors item like the upside down stamp Inverted Jenny.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverted_Jenny

From the article:

The cactus was sold on Walmart’s website as an educational toy for about $26 and sings songs in English, Spanish and Polish.

But Tanner, who is Polish, said when she listened to the Polish lyrics, the cactus was singing about doing cocaine, drug abuse, suicide, depression and used profanities.

"It just so happens that I am Polish and when I started to listen to the songs and I heard the words," she said. "I was in shock. I thought what is this some kind of joke?"

The song is by Polish Rapper Cypis, who is reportedly unaware his song was used by the Chinese manufacturer of the children's toy.

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@weystrom 7 hours

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I wonder if somewhere there's one bored Polish electrical engineer who's laughing his ass off right now.

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@gambiting 8 hours

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Incredible.

In fact, thinking about it - we have a signing toy for our kid, it has several songs in English, Polish and Chinese. The songs in Chinese definitely sound nice, they have a good rhythm to them, but they could be about literally anything. The Polish songs are good though(I speak Polish).

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@ramtatatam 6 hours

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I googled for this toy and listened to the song (around 1 minute long), there is not a single swear word sung by this toy. The song itself is definitely not for children, but the title is a bit misleading in my opinion..

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@swader999 9 hours

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They should have waited a month or two. I would have actually bought one. Probably a hot item on the eBay.

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@A4ET8a8uTh0 11 hours

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This may be regarded as a low value comment so I apologize in advance.

While reviewing the story ( and listening to the song ) my first thought was of Krusty from the Simpsons and how little he cared about the stuff he records on dolls bearing his likeness. In an odd way, it sounds exactly what happened here.

'This is how pros do it' - prolly Krusty

edit: I know that the actual rapper may actually go legally after the company using his song.

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@Overtonwindow 11 hours

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No! As an adult I really want that! seriously though, doesn’t belong in the kids section, can they move it to novelties?

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@beardyw 11 hours

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I always feel weird listening to songs in a language I don't understand. I feel I should find out what it means so I know whether to approve of it or not!

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