So three toddlers walk into a bar...
For those who became angry thinking Fisher-Price was selling a baby bar playset, complete with fake liquor bottles and a neon martini-glass sign, there's no punchline. The joke's on us.
The photo, which has been going viral on social media, is a well-done photo-editing job. One tot at the bar contemplates her liquor bottle, another holds his while yacking on a cell phone, and the highlight of the image, the baby bartender, sports a bowtie, a bar rag and a "What'll ya have?" expression. Seriously, this kid has a future where everybody knows his name.
Some angry parents posted to Fisher-Price's social media accounts, where the company was kept busy explaining the product was fake.
@Sunlyte05 Hi Sunlyte! Please know that this product is not endorsed, produced or approved by Fisher-Price.— Fisher-Price® (@FisherPrice) December 7, 2016
In a statement to CNET, the company seemed to acknowledge the parody was probably meant in good fun.
"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," the company said. "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."
As the company statement indicates, the bar playset isn't the only Fisher-Price spoof this week. On December 3, "Saturday Night Live" presented a spoof Fisher-Price commercial hawking another fake product,"Wells for Boys," which the show called "part of Fisher-Price's new Sensitive Boy line."
A tween boy is shown mooning over a fake toy wishing well, and the voice-over describes the product as, "Wells, for sensitive boys, to wish upon, confide in, reflect by. Some boys live unexamined lives, but this one's heart is full of questions."
Someone buy the Fisher-Price social media folks a drink after the week they've had.