In defense of the evil, awful Happy Meal toy

Double trouble: Madame Alexander's Big Bad Wolf as the Grady Twins of "Shining" fame. Photo: Maribel Diaz

It’s been a sad few years for Happy Meal toys.

First they were effectively banned in one county in California. Then a consumer group threatened to sue McDonald’s if the company didn’t stop selling the toys. Then there was the complaint from Devo about the band’s signature hat as worn by tiny “New Wave Nigel,” and the complaint about “the horrifying spectacle of a man engulfed in flames” (It was the Human Torch!), and the one about the three little pigs who were apparently grunting obscenities.

And now a San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee wants to outlaw the toys too.

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