Walmart has stopped selling a “toddler-friendly” musical toy after irate customers learned it was singing about cocaine use in Polish.
The “Dancing Cactus Toy,” which was selling for $25.85 on the budget retailer’s website, plays songs in English, Spanish and Polish that are designed for young children to learn, according to Canada’s CTV News.
One of the songs the dancing cactus plays is “Where Is The White Eel?” — a Polish rap song by Cypis released in 2015 that features lyrics about drug abuse and death.
“The only thing in my head / is five grams of cocaine, fly away alone / to the edge of oblivion,” is how the rap begins, according to lyrics obtained from a translation website.
“Chemparty, I wanna go skiing / To the dealer, not the Alps / Oh f – – k, I think I’ll die,” is purportedly the opening of a later verse.
A Polish woman who resides in Ontario, Canada, was mortified after buying the product for her granddaughter, only to overhear the lyrics in her native language.
“It just so happens that I am Polish and when I started to listen to the songs and I heard the words,” said Ania Tanner, speaking to CTV News. “I was in shock. I thought ‘Is this some kind of joke?’”
“This toy uses swear words and talking about cocaine use,” she continued. “This is not what I ordered for my granddaughter.”
“It’s a very depressing song,” she added.
Meanwhile, another concerned customer took to Twitter to share a video of the toy cactus dancing to the explicit track.
“Bought my daughter a dancing cactus toy…that appears to be singing and dancing to a polish song about cocaine addiction???” @LisaMahapatra wrote.
A spokesperson for Walmart, responding to the uproar, told CTV News, “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.”
The Post has reached out for further comment.
Meanwhile, Cypis said the Chinese manufacturer who created the toy used his rap song without permission. He is now intending to pursue legal action.
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