The badly behaving Gummi Bears featured in Katy Perry's "California Gurls" video have manufacturers of the candy saying: Those aren't our bears!
Despite the video's cheery feel, it features two oversize Gummi Bears greeting Perry not with hugs and a hello, but with a rude hand gesture: The offending bear in question apparently gives the singer the finger early in the clip.
Perry told MTV News earlier this week that she likes to inject her own "naughty twist" into her work, but representatives from well-known manufacturers Trolli and Haribo have insisted that their bears would never behave in such a way.
"Those are definitely not Trolli Gummi Bears in the video because Trolli Gummi Bears would never be that rude," John Leonardo, senior brand manager of Farley's and Sathers (which owns Trolli), told MTV News on Wednesday. "Trolli bears would extend their chubby little arms and give Katy a big old bear hug and whisper, 'Everything is going to be all right.' "
And on Thursday (June 17), a representative for Haribo, another manufacturer, told MTV News: "We were as shocked as Katy Perry when we saw on closer inspection that these were not Haribo Goldbears but poor imitations.
"After all, Haribo Goldbears are happy, fun and sweet, not rude and crude!"
But if Perry decides to film a video where the Gummi Bears have undergone anger-management therapy and been rehabilitated, it looks like she'll have two candymakers at the ready.
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