Toy Plane Sparks Controversy With Islamic Prayer Sound Effect

| by Jonathan Constante
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Several Amazon customers are complaining about a children’s toy jet that features Islamic chants as a sound effect.

The toy is a WolVol Bump & Go Action Electric F16 Military Fighter Jet Aircraft Airplane. Bjorn Thorpe, of Washington, had bought the toy on Amazon as a Christmas present for his 3-year-old nephew and was surprised when he heard the sound effect, King 5 reports.

“We put the batteries in and didn't get what we expected,” Thorpe told King 5. “I do respect other religions, but it's not the right situation to have it on a children's toy.”

Several customers had already complained about the toy on Amazon.

“Very loud Middle Eastern chanting and music! It's weird and scary!” wrote one customer in a review on Amazon. “This is a very un-American product! I was expecting jet noises, NOT this! The toy is dirty as well. I'm sending it back if I can find the box!”

Others claimed to have gotten a different batch.

“My step son will not put this plane down, his had jet sounds not middle eastern chants,” the customer explained in a review. “Not sure if there are duds in each batch. Anyways, super cool toy!”

WolVol, the company that makes the toy plane, blamed its manufacturer, according to King 5. They said the manufacturer must have shipped them a bad batch of toys. They also pointed to their four-star overall rating on Amazon.

According to Nadeem Israr, president of the Islamic Society of Whatcom County, the sound coming from Thorpe's toy plane is the prayer Muslims say during their pilgrimage to Mecca.

“This is a prayer you're supposed to say when you're performing Hajj,” Israr told the news station.

Still, Thorpe said he expects a full refund from Amazon.

Sources: King 5, Amazon / Photo Credit: King 5, Amazon