I am writing to express my disgust over Toys "R" Us's decision to sell toys that promote Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) cage fighters who joke about sexual and other violence, who choose to use hate speech against other people, and promote bullying.
Part of a parent's job is to attempt to teach our children to value and respect the dignity of every human being. It is also necessary to struggle to keep children safe. We do not need toys that glorify famous athletes or entertainers who choose to promote hatred, intolerance and violence with their words.
Everyday women must struggle against violence, as well. Allowing or glorifying this behavior of bullying, uncontrolled anger, and using hate speech against other human beings IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
There are many examples of this unacceptable behavior. One of the UFC fighters depicted by an "action figure" being sold at Toys "R" Us taunted his opponent by threatening to act like accused child molester, Jerry Sandusky. Making jokes about child molesters or molestation is not acceptable.
Another UFC fighter screamed a homophobic slur at his opponent, made lewd gestures and shouted obscenities at the crowd -- the very people who pay his large salary by purchasing tickets -- in a bullying manner. This is not acceptable.
(Please see UFC = Unfit for Children (WWW.UNFITfORCHILDREN.ORG) for more examples of this UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR.
By selling UFC Action Figures, and by purchasing them, a message is sent to children and people with anger issues that this behavior IS acceptable. IT IS NOT. I believe in freedom of speech. I believe that parents are responsible for the choices they and their children make. However, by selling these cage fighting toys, Toys "R" Us, and by the UFC, promoting their fighters who say these hateful, violent, intolerant things, a message is being sent to millions of children that it is acceptable to behave this way. I ask that UFC and Toys "R" Us be responsible for NOT promoting this behavior.