Like a lot of people, the fake Fisher-Price barroom playset for children showed up in my Facebook feed and I automatically realized it was a gag and I chuckled. I also thought “what a great idea for parents with a sense of humor and/or drinking problems. It’s one way to educate and get your toddler used to your alcoholism!”
Its creator, Adam Padilla, thought so, too (about the humor part, not the alcoholism).
“My 21 month-old daughter gave me the idea while playing on her kitchen playset at our apartment,” Padilla told Mashable. I mentioned to my wife, Willow, that it would be hilarious if a major toy company created a bar set for toddlers.
“The next day I Photoshopped the package design and posted it on my Instagram with a caption that made it seem like it was an actual product. Many of my fellow ‘meme friends’ like black_humorist, thedailylit and highfiveexpert got a kick out of it, but it really took off the next day when someone posted it on Facebook and Reddit.”
Mashable reports that it was so popular that people sent it to Fisher-Price saying they should make it for real. As you can guess, because humans are fallible, there were some who believed it was an actual toy. Fake news, when will you stop leading us astray?!? Fisher-Price even had to issue a statement. They had to issue a statement to brain-equipped human beings who nevertheless thought that a wholesome, ages-old toy company built a dive bar playset for children.
“Fisher-Price even issued a release that recognized the humor and assured parents that they are not involved in the parody,” he told Mashable. It’s refreshing to see a major brand so hip to culture that it took the joke in stride and reacted in a very human way … with reason, humor and intelligence. But overall it has been a lot of fun to see the story go national.”
Speaking as an uncle who watches his nephews a lot, I will say that kids should COME equipped with a LIFE-SIZE ADULT BAR for uncles to adjourn to after watching said nephews.