You know the Minions. They're the possibly lovable, definitely mischievous yellow creatures from the Despicable Me films who help Gru out with his evil (and not so evil) plans. Kids love them, and tomorrow marks the release of their new animated movie, appropriately titled Minions, which some Hollywood analysts expect to do Toy Story 3 numbers at the box office. Parents, on the other hand, aren't so sure about them, especially now that their toy counterparts in McDonald's Happy Meals are allegedly using curse words.
Bradley Merten, a concerned grandparent, spoke with WFTV 9 Eyewitness News in Orlando, Florida after becoming convinced his grandchild's "Caveman Minion" toy was saying "What the f---." According to the report below, the station investigated for two days, unable to come to consensus about what was being said before contacting McDonald's.
The fast food chain issued a statement, explaining that Minions speak "Minionese," a fictional language with no meaning comprised of numerous languages, sounds and nonsense words. "Any perceived similarities to words used within the English language are purely coincidental." Pretty definitive, right?
The A.V. Club conducted their own investigation (presumably taking less than two days) using turned up this video which shows the specific Minion in question.
I'm just going to say what everyone is now thinking. This is the Magic Eye painting of children's toy controversies. There are clearly sounds coming from the toy, several syllables, and almost certainly some consonants. But is there profanity? We've reached out to several high-profile "Minionese" experts for their opinions and will not rest until this question is settled once and for all.
Stay tuned to ROBOT 6 for 'round-the-clock coverage of Miniongate 2015