With the holidays fast approaching, anxious parents are swapping gift ideas on Facebook for their friends to weigh in on.
But posts about one product in particular seem to be raising eyebrows online.
A controversial ad for the toy, which claims to be a “Fisher Price Happy Hour Playset,” features three children sitting around a play bar drinking out of beer bottle-shaped containers. The supposed item — for ages 3 and up — says it includes a pretend bar, bar stools and beer bottles.
Some Facebook users immediately identified the “Fisher-Price toy” as a fake, thanking whoever created the false ad for providing them with endless laughter this holiday season. Others, however, were furious, calling out the company for making an inappropriate product.
As soon as the photoshopped ad began to circulate online, Fisher-Price reached out to customers to clarify that the product is not real.
“In the last few weeks some comical, yet fictional, Fisher-Price products have been introduced – perhaps the result of adult writers, designers and comedians that were Fisher-Price kids themselves,” Amber Pietrobono, public relations manager for Fisher-Price, told CBS News. “As a premiere childhood development company focused on helping families get the best possible start in life, we take our role in developing toys and products very seriously, but can appreciate the recent product development suggestions as obvious love of the brand.”
But the company’s message clearly hasn’t yet reached all of their loyal customers.
“So now your toy company (widely trusted among parents for many decades) is promoting drinking with this ‘CHILDRENS’ toy of a bar, complete with beer bottles?” one user asked Fisher-Price on Facebook.
“You should stop selling this toy,” another simply demanded.
One by one, Fisher-Price has been responding to each individual customer’s concern over the fake product.
“We can confirm this is not a real Fisher-Price product,” the page responds on posts.
Facebook has been taking steps to fight the rising tide of. Conspiracy theories and misleading information from unknown sites masquerading as news have been flooding the social media site — but what about fake ads?
This Fisher-Price problem may be another problem Facebook will add to the list of fake things to tackle.