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Trolls doll pulled over child grooming fears as toy makes ‘sex sounds’ when you push button between its legs

HASBRO'S latest Trolls doll has been pulled over grooming fears after parents complained the doll makes sex noises if you push a button between its legs.

Hasbro's Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy doll was pulled from shelves after a mother argued it encouraged pedophilia.

An online petition started by mom Jessica McManis shows photos of the Trolls doll with a button between its legs that emotes sexual noises when pressed.

"Our society is conditioning our children to think pedophilia is ok. This Trolls World Tour doll named Poppy has a button on her private area under her skirt.

"When you push this button on the doll’s private she gasps and giggles," wrote McManis in the petition.

"This is not okay for a child’s toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores."

McManis linked the button and sounds to promoting pedophilia and for instilling children it's okay for others to touch them in private areas.

"What will this toy make our innocent, impressionable children think? That it’s fun when someone touches your private area? That pedophilia and child molestation are ok?

"It’s not ok! It’s not fun! It’s damaging and has long term affects [sic] on a child’s mental/physical health!"

The petition, which has been signed by more than 130,000 people and continues to grow, was directed to toy sellers such as Amazon, Walmart and Target.

In a video the mom shared, McManis explains she bought the doll as a gift to her 2-year-old daughter who had a "Poppy-themed" birthday and liked the Trolls movie.

The mom says that as she was showing her husband the doll, she noticed the button between the doll's legs.

"If you push it, she makes these sounds, like a gasping sound," the mom explains.

"Ooh wee ohh" and gasps were heard coming from the doll.

McManis showed footage of the box, which reads the doll has a button on her stomach that when pressed, allows the doll to sing.

McManis demonstrated this as well, but added the second button was not mentioned.

"This is wrong, this is wrong. It says nothing about this button on the box," McManis said in the clip that has been viewed close to half a million times.

"It's just there and it makes a gasping sound when you touch her privates and to me it's like a sexual sound and it's so disturbing," she concluded.

Trolls was released in 2016, with its sequel, Trolls World Tour, premiering in March of this year.

The doll's character, Poppy, is voiced by Anna Kendrick.

Hasbro, which is based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, said it is pulling the doll from shelves as soon as possible.

Julie Duffy, a spokesperson for the company, apologized to parents in a statement to The Providence Journal.

“This feature was designed to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate,” Duffy said.

“This was not intentional and we are happy to provide consumers with a replacement Poppy doll of similar value through our consumer care team. We are in the process of removing the item for purchase.”

Following the outpouring of support she received due to the petition, McManis commented on a thread containing her video.

"I didn't expect my petition to blow up like this! I’m so happy it did! They recalled the doll today."

"There’s no way someone at Hasbro didn’t think that it was weird when deciding to create this doll like that," she ended.

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