Friday, June 12, 2015

Another joke gone wrong -- as Lego describe new toy character as a 'back-of-the-bus window licker'

Children's toy firm Lego has caused outrage after describing one of its new characters as a 'window-licker'.  The description - an highly offensive slur for people with disabilities - was applied to the online description of a toy called 'Turg'.

The full description was: 'Turg looks like an experiment that's gone very, very wrong! Part frog, part chicken, part back-of-the-bus window-licker, this Mixel has the longest tongue of them all.'

The description of the toy was changed on the website after it caused fury among disability campaigners.  However, it is still visible when searching for the toy through Google or other online retailers.

Lorraine Bellamy, a spokesperson at Mencap, who herself has a learning disability, said: 'It is unacceptable that a toy company like Lego have used a term that offends people with a disability such as this, especially as the toy is aimed at children


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Buying several of these toys should be a good investment. They will probably have dismal sales; discontinue them and they will be come quite rare in a later collectors market.