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Happy Meal CD Controversy

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE)- There has been concern regarding the prize in the kid's meal from a fast food restaurant.

Certain McDonald's Restaurant Happy Meals contain a childrens CD that allegedly includes an offensive word in one of the songs.

The "Kids Bop" CD- Number 6, song one is "I Don't Wanna Be", originally by Gavin DeGraw. It allegedly contains a profane word that appears around 52 seconds, during the chorus.

The cover of the CD says "Sung By Kids, For Kids."

McDonald's issued the following: 

"We are excited about the energy the Kidz Bop brand brings to Happy Meals during this promotional period with songs "sung by kids for kids."  Kidz Bop carefully chooses the songs featured on all Kidz Bop CDs, including those songs in the current Happy Meal, to ensure both the subject matter and lyrics are appropriate for our youngest guests. McDonald's further ensures the song selections are consistent with the stringent standards that we attribute to all of our Happy Meal toy offerings. We greatly value the high standards that families hold us to, and we would never include a lyric, word, or song that is inappropriate to children of any age.  As with any offering, parents will need to make the final determination about what is appropriate for their family. We know families have a high level of trust in McDonald's. We look forward to continuing to serve families in the manner they have come to expect from McDonald's."

Danya Proud, Spokesperson/McDonald's USA

Kidz Bob issued the following:

"Kidz Bop is a leading national children's brand that delights families and kids with appropriate versions of popular songs. An inaccurate claim has been made regarding lyrics in the song, "I Don't Want To Be," included on Kidz Bop CD number six from the         current McDonald's Happy Meal promotion. This song contains the original lyric, "I'm tired of looking 'round rooms," and does not contain profanity, as some have suggested. The CDs will continue to be available at McDonald's restaurants as part of this Happy Meal promotion, while supplies last."

Kidz Bop LLC
McDonald's USA

McDonald's issued this revised statement, Wednesday:

Kidz Bop is a leading national children's brand that delights families and kids with appropriate versions of popular songs.  An inaccurate claim has been made regarding lyrics in the song, "I Don't Want To Be," included on Kidz Bop CD number six from the current McDonald's Happy Meal promotion.  This song contains the original lyric, "I'm tired of looking 'round rooms," and does not contain profanity, as some have suggested.  The CDs will continue to be available at McDonald's restaurants as part of this Happy Meal promotion, while supplies last."

Danya Proud, Spokesperson
McDonald's USA

KTRE has not heard about complaints from parents locally, but this has stirred parents across the nation.

You can listen to the song by clicking on the video player at the top of this page. Below, tell us if you hear the alleged word or if you find it offensive. You can comment on this story below. 

***WARNING*** Potentially explicit audio clip with alleged use of profanity.

 

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