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It’s a plastic toy potato people!
Patty Leon new

People are losing their minds that Hasbro decided to remove the title “Mr.” from their toy – a plastic potato. 

Some folks were yelling and screaming all about cancel culture and it being ridiculous and things have gone too far.

I think it’s silly to be wasting so much energy on a plastic toy that in reality and according to science is 100 percent gender neutral to begin with. Plastic is neither male nor female. A potato that you consume, whether baked or fried or however you prefer is also neither male nor female.

Hasbro announced their decision on the same day the House voted and passed the Equality Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

In my opinion it was a brilliant marketing move. 

Hasbro knew the far-right conservatives would lose their minds, meanwhile the moderates and liberals would start buying up the new gender-neutral toy recognizing the momentous occasion and keeping it as a collector’s item.

Hasbro will more than likely start selling Potato Head accessories that allow kids to decide for themselves if they want to dress “it” up as male or female or a male who wears skirts (A lot of real men do!) or whatever they dang well please to do with their plastic tater.

I had one of these when I was a child, and I placed their nose on the top of their heads sometimes just for the heck of it and because I could. I’d stick the mouth where the ear should have gone and place a hat on their mouths.

What gender would that have been?

But the outcry was so much that Hasbro had to change their tune. The day after they made their big announcement they tweeted:

“Hold that Tot – your main spud, MR. POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere! 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.”

Basically, the packaging will be different with less emphasis on the titles “Mr.” and “Mrs.”

So, is this the cancellation of the cancel culture on this spudtacular topic? (pun intended). What is more nonsensical about this whole thing is the amount of effort being put into arguing over what to call a toy spud.

I mean it’s not like we are in the middle of a pandemic with people dying every day…oh wait!

Not to mention that people living on the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour would need to work at least two hours or more to buy even the most basic of the Potato Head packages. So, I highly doubt they care whether it’s a girl or boy because they can’t afford to buy one anyways.

But hey what’s more important, raising the minimum wage or whether or not a plastic potato should be recognized as a girl or boy?

And is it me or are more people pissed off about a plastic potato than they are about the GOP rolling out the Golden calf...umm…I mean the Golden Don to be worshipped at the Conservative Political Action Conference this past week. 

Hey, let’s all yell about Christian Principles while we also turn a blind eye and worship a false idol. It’s all good, we know we (And by we, I mean those who attended CPAC) and only we (same folks as previously mentioned), are the chosen ones and therefore can go against the Bible as we need to and as we wish.

St. Pete has got our back, yo!

Let me add that if I wore shorts like the ones they placed on the Golden Don, folks would be yelling from the roof tops that I was desecrating the American flag, but as long as it’s on a statute of a former President that incited an insurrection and killed the true GOP, IT’S ALL GOOD!

I think Hasbro is missing out on a HUUGGEE opportunity. I think they need to sell their newly fangled Potato Head to include accessories like a bright orange wig, red tie, American flag shorts, and red MAGA hat.

This way Trump loyalists can buy their own Potato Head and instead of using the title “Mr.” they can use, “45th Potato of the United States.”

Hey Hasbro!

Just remember this was my idea and I expect some royalties!

-Patty Leon

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