No more Mr. Potato Head? Hasbro bombarded with mockery after announcement that famous toy brand is gender neutral now
“Culture has evolved,” Kimberly Boyd, an SVP and GM at Hasbro, told Fast Company about the change. “Kids want to be able to represent their own experiences. The way the brand currently exists – with the ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’– is limiting when it comes to both gender identity and family structure.”
Since the Mr. and Mrs. Potato head toys have appealed to mainly young children for decades now, this new change will be a way to break down the idea of two genders and nuclear families, according to the company.Also on rt.com ‘Stop this child abuse now!’: Washington high school band practice in anti-Covid TENTS gets ridiculed
First launched in 1952 as simply accessories children could add to real potatoes, the Potato Head line has evolved over the years into plastic Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads, with various accessories and expressions. The two became film characters in the massively popular ‘Toy Story’ franchise, as well, but there has never been much more to differentiate the two toys except for plastic pieces like lipstick or a mustache.
Hasbro will now be offering simply Potato Heads, with no gender titles. They will also cease selling family sets that fit into the traditional structure they’ve stuck with for so long aka a husband, a wife, and children. This major change will occur this year.
While the move is meant to play to a rapidly changing and more aggressively politically correct culture, the announcement has mainly been met with mockery online, most of it coming from conservatives.
“Now any child, of any gender, can look at a Potato Head and dream of growing up to be a plastic spheroid with interchangeable parts,” Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro tweeted in reaction to the news.
Mrs. Potato Head has also been killed off. She will be replaced by an asexual can of Pringles.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 25, 2021
“Imagine thinking in the middle of a global pandemic: ‘What's really important is dropping the ‘Mr’ from Mr Potato Head & making him gender-neutral in case we upset a few wokies,’” Piers Morgan wrote of the decision.
“Mr Potato Head is now non binary. You still don’t have health insurance,” comedian Tim Dillon added.
I’m glad Brian Stelter can finally feel like he has a voice in our culture https://t.co/KxNmrZb7lR— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 25, 2021
Then, they came after Mr. Potato Head. But, I wasn't a Hasbro Toy so I didn't speak out.— Herr Professor Doktor Damnable Cracker (@Phillyastro) February 25, 2021
I told my 7-year-old daughter that Mr. Potato Head is gender neutral now and she smiled and said, "This is the greatest day of my life. Finally I can be at peace." We hugged and I started sobbing. It was so beautiful.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 25, 2021
Important victory for women who aspire to be potatoes https://t.co/uYnj01C1RV— James Bloodworth (@J_Bloodworth) February 25, 2021
Mr. Potato Head is only the latest cultural change made by a toy brand. For instance, the once famous skinny and blonde Barbie has expanded its line to include more color shades and body types, while the American Girl doll line has created a boy doll to go with their long line of female toys.
Following the backlash, Hasbro tweeted that the change will only affect the brand name, and not the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head models, which will keep their genders. The company did not clarify the seeming contradiction with the original media comments of its own executive.
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