The New Play-Doh Toy Looks Kinda Like a Dildo.

The hot toy for tots this year was the Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset, which is basically a plastic layer cake that kids can frost with Play-Doh. This sounds like a dull, Rod-and-Todd-Flanders-esque playtime activity, but the Cake Mountain Playset quickly became one of the holiday season’s more controversial toys, because the thingy used for frosting the cakes, the “extruder tool,” looks like a dick.

There have been hundreds of comments on the company’s Facebook page from uptight parents who are pissed that they unwittingly bought their kids a plastic penis. Some also allege that Play-Doh had deleted their previous comments, which included pictures of the offending toy, so that they wouldn’t appear on the company’s page.

Of course, it’s not like toy stores have never stocked a penis lookalike before. There was the Dora the Explorer Aquapet that looked distinctly like a dick and balls, the Muppets Beaker Hot Wheel car that also looked like a dick and balls, the E.T. Finger Light that resembled a big wrinkly penis, and this thing, which is essentially an action figure with a giant boner. These have all generated their own controversies and waves of parental complaints, because it’s apparently unforgivable to give children anything that even remotely resembles one of their own body parts.

Play-Doh released a statement on Facebook acknowledging the “consumer feedback about the extruder tool” and offering to replace the toy for any perturbed parents, though they haven’t stated what the replacement “extruder” will look like. Nicole Agnello, a PR representative for Play-Doh, told me that the company is “in the process of updating all future Play-Doh products with a different tool.”

But honestly, even if having a penis-shaped toy was somehow dangerous and not just flat-out funny, what kid is going to look at this thing and see anything other than an icing tool for making beautiful fake cakes? Get your head out of the gutter, mom! Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

By Arielle Pardes for Vice

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