JoJo Siwa is asking for manufacturing and sales to stop after fans complained about age-inappropriate questions in her new board game
JoJo Siwa, a dancer and YouTube sensation who is extremely popular with younger kids, is pretty much everywhere. You can get all kinds of products branded with her name and face, including a new board game that seems like it was a popular choice of a holiday gift for some of the influencer’s younger fans. But then, parents started complaining, and now, Siwa has addressed the backlash and asked for manufacturing and sales of the game to be halted.
The board game, called “JoJo’s Juice,” was produced and sold by Nickelodeon on Siwa’s behalf. It included a “truth or dare” aspect, with cards containing questions for players to ask one another. Some of the questions included were, “Have you ever gone outside without underwear? (A bathing suit doesn’t count.)” and “Have you ever been arrested?”
It’s no wonder that parents started taking to social media to voice their concerns, since the box for the game says it’s for children ages 6 and older. Heather Watson, a mom who bought the game for her young daughter for Christmas, posted a now-viral photo of some of the offensive cards in a Facebook post, saying the game “belongs in the trash.”
Earlier this week, Siwa posted a video to her social media channels, explaining to fans that she had “no idea” about the inappropriate questions, because “when companies make these games, they don’t run every aspect by me.”
“Over the weekend, it has been brought to my attention by my fans and followers on TikTok that my name and my image have been used to promote this board game that has some really inappropriate content,” Siwa said in the video. “When I first saw this, I was really, really, really upset at how gross these questions were, and so I brought it to Nickelodeon’s attention immediately and since then they have been working to get this game stopped being made and also pulled from all shelves wherever its being sold.”
She added, “I hope you all know that I would have never ever, ever approved or agreed to be associated with this game if I would have seen these cards before they started selling it.”
Nickelodeon and Spin Master, the game’s manufacturer, also produced a joint statement saying the game was being pulled from store shelves.
“We respect and value the relationship JoJo Siwa has with her fans and take the concerns raised regarding the game ‘JoJo’s Juice’ very seriously,” they wrote. “This game is no longer being manufactured and we have requested that retailers pull any remaining product from their shelves.”