NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Fisher-Price responded to a controversial viral photo of a "Happy Hour Playset" featuring a bar and fake beer bottles with a simple explanation: It isn't real.
A photo purporting to show the box for a Fisher-Price Happy Hour Playset, complete with toddlers pretending to drink from plastic bottles while a surly baby tends bar, sparked both amusement and outrage this week when it began to circulate on social media.
A man posted a meme expressing outrage about the supposed product on Fisher-Price's Facebook page, leading the company to respond: "This product is not endorsed, produced or approved by Fisher-Price."
The "product" is actually just a photoshopped image created by artist Adam Padilla and posted to his meme-creation Instagram account, @adam.the.creator.
Padilla said the image was inspired by his 21-year-old daughter, who is fond of the Fisher-Price sets like the famous plastic play kitchen.
"It occurred to me that it would be hilarious for a major toy company to market a toy 'bar' for toddlers," Padilla told KUTV.
The picture went viral within 24 hours and was soon causing so much social media outrage among those fooled by the Photoshop that urban legend debunking site Snopes.com waded in to explain the product was not real.
Padilla said he did not expect the picture to go viral, or to fool so many people.
"It's hysterical," he said. "It's really amazing how many people have seen it. I'm very proud to have made so many people smile."