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No, your Minion toy is not actually swearing

What are the minions saying?
What are the minions saying?

Some parents around the country have complained the toy Minions in their McDonald's Happy Meals are allegedly spewing recorded profanities—but the company says it's just (literal) nonsense.

Those behind the toys, based on characters from Universal Pictures' recently released Minions Movie, insist it's all a classic case of mistranslated 'Minionese.'

"The allegation that this toy is saying any offensive phrase is not true," a McDonald's spokeswoman told CNBC. "We apologize for any confusion or offense to those who may have interpreted the sounds for anything other than gibberish." (Tweet This)

Parents hear otherwise though, claiming the toys, which come with only three recorded phrases, are in fact swearing around their children. A number of YouTube close-up videos show the toys allegedly saying the phrase often abbreviated online as "WTF."

But McDonald's maintains it's just a mishearing.

"The phrases said by this toy are 'para la bukay,' 'hahaha,' and 'eh eh,'" McDonald's said.

Universal Pictures was not available to comment on the complaints.

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