Scarlet Lindsey | Civil Patriot
We’re going to file this one under “You can’t make this stuff up.”
Mr. Potato Head is no longer a man.
Well, he’s still a man, but the line no longer reflects his masculinity. “Mr.” has been removed from the toy line label.
I wish I was kidding.
In an attempt to be politically correct, Hasbro has made the decision to change the name of the doll line.
Catalina Ramirez, a spokesperson for the firm, had this to say, “While we’re renaming the Mr. Potato Head brand to Potato Head to better reflect the full line, the iconic Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters aren’t going anywhere.”
She went on to explain that the toy line is changing its name, (erasing the Mr.) but the individual dolls are still going to be Mr. and Mrs.
In a tweet on Thursday evening, Hasbro had this to say: ““Hold that Tot – your main spud, MR. POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere!”
This is getting more confusing by the minute. So, “spud” (meant to raise images of “stud”) is okay. And “Mr.” and “Mrs.” will remain on the individual dolls. Only the name of the line is changing. (Do I have this right?) Isn’t it hypocritical to change the name of the line but not the actual doll? (And hey, I’m not saying they should. I’m simply stating that I’m confused. They’re being inconsistent with their approach to these changes.)
Folks, when you’re trying to be politically correct this is what happens. Things get muddy and confusing.
Scrolling down my Facebook newsfeed this evening, I saw post after post about this and everyone seems to think the “Mr.” part is going away altogether. They believe Mr. Potato Head has been castrated.
And they’re reacting. . .big time.
I suspect this story isn’t over. Look for more changes over the following year or two. Will the clothing change? I mean, the current Mr. Potato Head looks like a man, dresses like a man, has a mustache like a man (and my great-aunt Martha), but how long before Hasbro neutralizes his manhood altogether? Is that where this story is headed?
Welcome to 2021. Toys must be politically correct. Got it.
But what concerns me even more than this is the fact that society actually is working overtime to “neutralize manhood” and “womanhood.” We’re dangerously close to the point where our twisted culture demands that we expect this of the non-plastic variety, too. (i.e. real men and women). At some point, we’re not going to be able to talk about hunky guys or manly men or beefy yard guys. (I might be referring to my own yard guy, but I digress.) And we won’t have the option of saying, “She’s very pretty” or “She’s very feminine.”
No, we’re rapidly approaching the point where men can’t be manly and women can’t be feminine. (Can I just interject that femininity is part of a woman’s mystique and manliness is something to be proud of?)
Then again, I’ve never been politically correct. And I’ll be honest, I can’t keep up with all of this political correctness. It’s so confusing! (Is there a rulebook somewhere or are the liberals making this stuff up as they go along?)
But wait, there’s more!
In an attempt to keep up with the times, Hasbro is taking a “build your own family” approach to potatoes. Brooke has two mommies? You can create that Potato Head family. Ethan has two daddies? Easy-breezy. Just build your own potato family as you wish.
And if little Maggie is determined to become little Mikey?
Well, I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. I predict we’ll soon have a doll for that, too, one with interchangeable clothes and body parts.
Until then, I guess my nieces and nephews will just have to get something else for Christmas next year. This is one spud I’m not going to support.