BOAZ, AL (WAFF) - Concerned parents say the lyrics in a song included with a McDonald's kids' meal has an offensive word that's left a bad taste in their mouths.
McDonald's has several Kidz Bop CD's that they've handed out in their Happy Meals. On Monday afternoon, one grandmother took her two grandchildren to a Boaz McDonald's for lunch, but what was inside their bags left her anything but happy.
"It's got a phrase in it that I don't think's appropriate for children," she said.
The Kidz Bop CD No. 6, song 1 is a cover of the song "I Don't Wanna Be," originally by Gavin DeGraw. The parents say the word in question appears about 52 seconds in, during the chorus.
"In the song the word is supposed to be looking, but they're saying the f-word with the -ing on the end," said one parent.
When asked if she was concerned about the song being a bad influence, the grandmother said, "If my little grandson is going to go to school and sing it, it's going to be terrible because if they listen to the CD, they can hear what we hear."
It says on the CD that it's sung by kids, for kids. But some parents tended to disagree.
"I have a 5-year-old and that's the last thing I need is for him to go off to school and say that word," one parent said.
On the coat tails of controversy, Kidz Bop defended its product in an official company statement Wednesday, noting an "inaccurate claim had been made regarding the lyrics in the song." Officials claim the song does not contain profanity and will continue to be available at McDonald's restaurants as a promotion.
However, concerned parents said they have a message for other parents.
"Definitely double-check everything before giving to your kids," one said.
A McDonald's manager in Boaz said they're no longer distributing that particular CD in its Happy Meals after several complaints from parents.
But in a written statement, McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud said:
Live 5 News contacted Kidz Bop and they issued this statement: