Ania Tanner, a grandmother from Ontario, Canada, was shocked when she discovered a toy she bought for her 15-month-old granddaughter started swearing and singing about depression, suicide, and drugs.
The cactus which sings songs in several languages including English, Spanish and Polish was advertised as an educational toy and was sold on Walmart’s website for about $26.
"This toy uses swear words and talking about cocaine use," Ania Tanner told CTV News Toronto. "This is not what I ordered for my granddaughter."
Unsurprisingly, Walmart quickly pulled the toy from its online store, but consumers have noted that they’ve found several other reports online from European consumers earlier this year.
“It just so happens that I am Polish and when I started to listen to the songs and I heard the words,” Tanner told CTV News. “I was in shock. I thought what is this some kind of joke?”
“It’s about taking five grams of cocaine and being alone… It’s a very depressing song,” she added.
As for cactus, its rapping skills come courtesy of Polish rapper Cypis who had no idea his song was being used for a children’s toy at all.
The rapper’s management team has said it’s looking at taking ‘legal steps’ against the toy’s manufacturer for ‘unlawful use’ of the song. ‘Certainly, the producer would not be allowed to use the song for this purpose,’ they said.