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Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:33 PM

Mr. Potato Head goes gender-neutral

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/25/business/mr-potato-head-gender-neutral.html?action=click&module=Latest&pgtype=Homepage

"Hasbro is giving its venerable Mr. Potato Head toy a more gender-inclusive identity by dropping the “Mr.” from its brand name and packaging.

“Hasbro is making sure all feel welcome in the Potato Head world by officially dropping the Mr. from the Mr. Potato Head brand name and logo to promote gender equality and inclusion,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.

After it announced the change, the company issued a clarifying statement on Twitter saying that the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters would retain their individual courtesy titles.

“Hold that Tot — your main spud, MR. POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere!” the company said. “While it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD.”

In the fall, the company will introduce its new “Potato Family Pack” that will encourage children to “create your Potato Head family.” The pack will come with two large potato bodies, one small potato body and 42 accessories."....(more)




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Reply Mr. Potato Head goes gender-neutral (Original post)
Tanuki Feb 25 OP
Shermann Feb 25 #1
paleotn Feb 25 #2
Layzeebeaver Feb 25 #3
paleotn Feb 25 #4
abqtommy Feb 25 #5
left-of-center2012 Feb 25 #6
Harker Feb 25 #7
Cicada Feb 25 #8
Archae Feb 25 #10
Tanuki Feb 25 #11
LaelthsSon Feb 25 #9
Cicada Feb 26 #12
jmowreader Feb 26 #13
cannabis_flower Feb 28 #14

Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:37 PM

1. Any clever kid will easily be able to fashion a phallus out of those "two large potato bodies" nt

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:41 PM

2. I didn't know potatoes had genders.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:46 PM

3. It's all in the ears.

Dabum tish!

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Response to Layzeebeaver (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:50 PM

4. Yardy yar!

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 09:29 PM

5. Now that's really sweet potato news!

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:10 PM

7. Maybe the whole idea was launched on a shoestring budget. n/t

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:34 PM

8. I'm old enough to remember using actual potatoes.

When did they add a plastic torso?

We used to walk 8 miles through snow...... and had to find our own potato torsos..,.

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Response to Cicada (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:50 PM

10. I think 1964.

Us kids around 1965 still had the stuff used with real potatoes.

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Response to Cicada (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:52 PM

11. I can remember when the accessories included a pipe, back before the anti-smoking movement

pressured Hasbro to get rid of it.

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:44 PM

9. Good for Hasbro!

Hell yeah, Hasbro! I'm proud of them. It's such a small change, but it means a lot. It also isn't too pushy or gender swapping.

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Response to LaelthsSon (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 03:21 AM

12. This will be the final straw leading to secession

Is life with a gender confused Mr Potato Head with living? Conservatives won’t tolerate their new character, Lorena Bobbithead.

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 07:22 AM

13. I wonder...

...how many children have asked "why does the box say Mr Potato Head on it when it's a girl potato?"

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Response to Tanuki (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 11:36 AM

14. What's annoying is

That there’s memes going around that “libruls” were offended by Mr. Potatohead. As far as I know, there was never a movement to make Hasbro change Mr. Potatohead. Hasbro did it on its own. The “Libruls were offended at Mr. Potatohead” meme is Fake News or Manufactured Controversy.

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