A bunch of parents are freaking out over an ad for a Fisher-Price "Happy Hour Playset" that comes complete with a pretend bar, three stools, and fake beer bottles.
The ad features a toddler boy holding a beer in one hand and a cellphone in the other, a little girl gazing at a bottle, and a bowtie-clad barkeep who looks kind of annoyed to be there. I bet the kid on the phone forgot to give him a tip.
Anyway, this thing is pretty funny. But as it turns out, it's also totally fake. Such a bummer, because I SO wanted to buy one.
The genius photoshop job comes from Adam Padilla, who owns a New York City branding agency and is also a dad to a 2-year-old girl. His handiwork went viral after being shared on Facebook by comedian Amiri King, which then resulted in complaints to Fisher-Price from parents who thought the send-up was real.
All the brew-ha-ha (pun intended) then prompted Amiri to post a follow-up response: "I've had big news outlets contact me about the backlash Fisher Price has received because of this photoshopped meme," he wrote on Facebook. "People are way too stupid to realize that it's fake. It's the internet. They must be new. I would have no problem buying this for my kids. I wasn't coddled or babied. I was introduced to life head first, and not sheltered from the inevitable. I turned out fine. I turned out absolutely deplorable. So yes. I'd play happy hour with my deplorable, non coddled, non p*ssified kids anytime. While you threaten your Caillou with thirty time outs before you still breakdown and get him that Thomas the Choo Choo Train... He's 13. Cut the cord."
Preach, Amiri! Because if it comes down to a choice of letting my kid hang out in a fake bar or letting him watch that whiny little tantrum-throwing kid all day, I will choose the fake bar every single time.