[Adult content included in this post. You’ve been warned.]
Today’s Fab email showcased cool toys for kids: dolls, bikes, scooters, bubble gum machines, etc. And I thought, I should forward this to my daughter. She’ll think it’s cute.
And then I looked at the very last box with the headline, “Your Personal Playthings: Bedroom toys for boys and girls.”
Hmm. Bedroom toys for boys and girls? Really? What kind of toys are those? I wonder.
And I looked. Wow, has the world changed that much since I was kid?
So, if I order a doll, scooter and robot for my child, I should get them a vibrator too? How confusing.
I complained. Fab was very nice, as they always are. They’re a good company with outstanding customer service, a model other companies should follow.
But this ad?
I’m wondering how the meeting to put this one together went: “Yo, Charlie, I need to fill one more space in the ad. I’m running low on ideas. What else do kids like to play with?”
[Charlie responds] “Holy crap, you idiot, it’s common knowledge kids like anything that takes batteries.”
I ask you, my good friends, and I’m no prude, but was the placement of adult sexual aids at the end of an ad with kids toys a big deal or not?
As a parent, it bothered me on a lot of different levels, like the fact there are images of kids playing right above it.
Am I over-thinking this, and why did it bother me so much?
There’s just something about it that feels wrong. Or am I just getting old?