When an image of a so-called Fisher-Price Happy Hour Playset started circulating online, it was obvious to most people that it was just a joke. Most people. There were, of course, a few humorless folks who took offense and even contacted toy manufacturer Fisher-Price to demand an explanation, forcing the company to put out a statement saying it had nothing to do with the toddler bar toy. So who created the Fisher-Price Happy Hour Playset? A dad with a flair for Photoshop and a wicked sense of humor.
One look at the photo should make your Spidey sense that you're being pranked tingle. The image was reportedly created by Adam Padilla, who owns a branding agency, according to Today. Padilla also happens to have a 2-year-old daughter. And, as any parent whose ever chased after a toddler can tell you, this fact might explain why he's spending so much time thinking about a stiff drink. Those terrible 2's are no joke.
Padilla, who goes by @adam.the.creator on Instagram, shares daily memes he calls, "100% originals." He first shared the Happy Hour Playset meme on Dec. 6, and after that, it caught fire on social media. Padilla hasn't responded to Romper's requests for comment.
Check out the original post that started it all.
Padilla has tons of hilarious memes in his Instagram feed that are worth a look, like this one that made me LOL:
Padilla also appears to be part of a fake toy trend. The writers at Saturday Night Live aired this parody commercial for a "Fisher-Price Wells For Sensitive Boys" recently:
The Happy Hour Playset is definitely one of Padilla's best. He told the Huffington Post he was inspired by seeing his little girl sitting up at the kitchen counter like it was a bar.
"It seemed like something someone might do,” Padilla said, according to the Huffington Post.
From Instagram, Padilla's post was shared on Facebook by comedian Amiri King. That post, according to Huffington Post, quickly went viral, gathering tens of thousands of shares. Some parents were so horrified that they contacted Fisher-Price demanding an explanation.
The outrage prompted the poor employee in charge of Fisher-Price's social media to try and explain.
Here's another disgusted party on Twitter that Fisher-Price wanted to reassure.
Fisher-Price also offered this statement to NBC News, according to Today:
In the last few weeks some comical, yet fictional, Fisher-Price products have been introduced — perhaps the result of adult writers, designers and comedians that were Fisher-Price kids themselves.
As a premiere childhood development company focused on helping families get the best possible start in life, we take our role in developing toys and products very seriously, but can appreciate the recent product-development suggestions as obvious love of the brand.
For his part, Padilla told the Huffington Post he's kind of loving that his joke has taken on a life of it's own. “The mischief maker in me is thrilled,” Padilla said. Well played.