Something for Michael Wood to get his teeth stuck into next

Michael Wood, the Labour party’s go to man when they want someone to take a flogging in an un-winnable seat, made his mark during his spanking in the Botany by-election by making the focus of his campaign a ban on penis-shaped lollies.

He was wholly unsuccessful with his commitment on seeing those banned, but now there is something else for him to get his teeth stuck into.

Phallic shaped Play-Doh implements!

Children’s toy company Play-Doh is replacing a controversial toy but not explaining why it made something for children that looks like a penis.

It’s also apparently frantically trying to delete evidence of the extent of the anger caused by the product.  

The problem item, called an extruder and used for squeezing out “icing”, is included in the company’s Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain play set, that has been advertised online and instore by retailers here.

A quick search on Twitter turns up numerous entries about the extruder, some from upset buyers but others from commentators having a good laugh at the expense of the company and its customers.

“Seriously, no one in design, engineering, or marketing didn’t say ‘You know, this kind of looks like a dildo’?” one Twitter user asked in apparent disbelief.

Another said: “This is NOT okay. This completely ruined our Christmas because my daughters LOVE Play-Doh.”

Play-Doh, owned by US toy giant Hasbro, acknowledges on its Facebook page it has “heard some consumer feedback” about the extruder tool and was replacing the problem item.

Several news sites report Play-Doh had been deleting posts about the extruder from its Facebook site. According to site Uproxx, the complaints started in November but failed to gain traction until after Christmas.

I bet these wowsers don’t let their kids suck on popsicles or lollipops or eat bananas either.


– Fairfax

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.