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5525 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Feb 2021 at 5:02 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-02-28 2:04:50 PM  
Oh come on, quit teasing me. I was so enjoying the Repub outrage.
 
2021-02-28 2:19:48 PM  
Uh, no. The brand "Mr. Potato Head" is still becoming "Potato Head".

There will be individual products named "Mr. Potato Head" & "Mrs. Potato Head"
 
2021-02-28 2:23:35 PM  
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2021-02-28 2:31:18 PM  
Marketing.
 
2021-02-28 2:42:10 PM  

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That's the starch reality of it.
 
2021-02-28 2:57:50 PM  
I feel dumber that this what we argue about now.

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2021-02-28 3:00:33 PM  
They never had any intent on doing away with Mr. Potato Head or the missus, just the marketing of said items.

They just wanted to avoid any confusion between their product and Ted Cruz.
 
2021-02-28 3:47:22 PM  
Nothing changed.  You idiots just got the story wrong, the first time.

"Sh*tty reporting gets corrected"
 
2021-02-28 3:49:08 PM  

skyotter: HASBRO DIDN'T REVERSE ANYTHING.  You idiots just got the story wrong, the first time.

"Sh*tty reporting gets corrected"


/ftfm
 
2021-02-28 4:02:03 PM  
I seem to remember my 80's era Mr Potato Head came with both male and female accessories. It's always been a gender neutral toy.
 
2021-02-28 5:00:42 PM  
I don't remember any potato genitalia.

Should be a Fark-site tagline
 
2021-02-28 5:05:16 PM  
What happened to Mr. Potato Head when he smoked cannabis? He got baked.
 
2021-02-28 5:06:01 PM  
Again? they did this like 3 days ago too!
 
2021-02-28 5:07:08 PM  

kermit the forg: I seem to remember my 80's era Mr Potato Head came with both male and female accessories. It's always been a gender neutral toy.


Yeah, but Mrs. Potato Head was the only one that liked it in all her holes.
 
2021-02-28 5:08:36 PM  
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Nice try Hasbro, but you aren't going to convince me those aren't some very excited boobies.
 
2021-02-28 5:09:20 PM  
Sooo just like when the pancake place IHOP changed to IHOB to sell burgers.
These places get millions of dollars of free advertising and news just gives it to them to fill air time.

Someone should write a book about that
 
2021-02-28 5:09:53 PM  
Haven't Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead existed for decades?
I'm all for trans-friendly and third-gender-accepting ideas. It's a good way to truly help a lot of folks that don't have a choice in who they were born as.

But, I think we're over-reacting in trying to revise every toy or concept to match. Kids don't care - they just want to play with things. It's not teaching hetero-normative values to play with a plastic shell with interchangable parts. Let's focus on maintaining progress with things like the recent equality act - legislation that will impact the problems the trans members of our society have directly.
 
2021-02-28 5:10:54 PM  

Somaticasual: Haven't Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead existed for decades?
I'm all for trans-friendly and third-gender-accepting ideas. It's a good way to truly help a lot of folks that don't have a choice in who they were born as.

But, I think we're over-reacting in trying to revise every toy or concept to match. Kids don't care - they just want to play with things. It's not teaching hetero-normative values to play with a plastic shell with interchangable parts. Let's focus on maintaining progress with things like the recent equality act - legislation that will impact the problems the trans members of our society have directly.


It's a farking potato.
 
2021-02-28 5:13:06 PM  
"...to appeal to kids of today" or to adults of today?
 
2021-02-28 5:13:34 PM  
Had anyone asked the potatoes how *they* identify?
 
2021-02-28 5:14:14 PM  
MARKETING ACHIEVED!
 
2021-02-28 5:14:51 PM  

GranoblasticMan: Somaticasual: Haven't Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead existed for decades?
I'm all for trans-friendly and third-gender-accepting ideas. It's a good way to truly help a lot of folks that don't have a choice in who they were born as.

But, I think we're over-reacting in trying to revise every toy or concept to match. Kids don't care - they just want to play with things. It's not teaching hetero-normative values to play with a plastic shell with interchangable parts. Let's focus on maintaining progress with things like the recent equality act - legislation that will impact the problems the trans members of our society have directly.

It's a farking potato.


No, it's a farking toy that looks like a farking potato.

/Who cares?
 
2021-02-28 5:16:26 PM  
So is it true that in various Southern states, if you carry a Potato Head into a public bathroom, it will need to match the sex of the carrier?
 
2021-02-28 5:17:07 PM  
Somaticasual:

But, I think we're over-reacting in trying to revise every toy or concept to match. Kids don't care - they just want to play with things. It's not teaching hetero-normative values to play with a plastic shell with interchangable parts. Let's focus on maintaining progress with things like the recent equality act - legislation that will impact the problems the trans members of our society have directly.

Nobody asked Hasbro to do shiat.
 
2021-02-28 5:18:10 PM  

Somaticasual: Haven't Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead existed for decades?
I'm all for trans-friendly and third-gender-accepting ideas. It's a good way to truly help a lot of folks that don't have a choice in who they were born as.

But, I think we're over-reacting in trying to revise every toy or concept to match. Kids don't care - they just want to play with things. It's not teaching hetero-normative values to play with a plastic shell with interchangable parts. Let's focus on maintaining progress with things like the recent equality act - legislation that will impact the problems the trans members of our society have directly.


When you're selling them specifically gendered male and female clothes and accessories, yeah, you really are reinforcing cis-hetero-normativity. If you really wanted to teach kids creativity you'd sell them one kit with all kinds of parts and not tell them that some parts only go with other parts.

It's hardly the worst thing we inflict on them, and by the time they're old enough to not swallow the parts they've long since absorbed pink-is-girls-blue-is-boys. But you can't miss that Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head really do send that message yet again.
 
2021-02-28 5:19:21 PM  
There are only two genders: Genders who can extrapolate from incomplete data sets.
 
2021-02-28 5:20:08 PM  
This is fine but the new Mr. Potato Head had better come with a variety of attachable dongs.
 
2021-02-28 5:20:10 PM  
In other news, GI Joe had sexual re-assignment surgery back in the 60's.

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2021-02-28 5:24:40 PM  

mikey15: Sooo just like when the pancake place IHOP changed to IHOB to sell burgers.
These places get millions of dollars of free advertising and news just gives it to them to fill air time.

Someone should write a book about that


Various companies get away with that routinely.  Notice how you never have to wonder when the new Apple product is being released, for example?  Don't worry, it'll be on "the news".  "Let's run a three-minute feature on how "The McRib is back"."  But try to get an update on the latest winter storm or how that hurricane is tracking and you have to wait for the 11:00 news, and they'll bury it twenty minutes in, after the pieces about the new i-Phone and the new Spicy McNuggets.
 
2021-02-28 5:26:15 PM  

tennyson: Somaticasual: Haven't Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead existed for decades?
I'm all for trans-friendly and third-gender-accepting ideas. It's a good way to truly help a lot of folks that don't have a choice in who they were born as.

But, I think we're over-reacting in trying to revise every toy or concept to match. Kids don't care - they just want to play with things. It's not teaching hetero-normative values to play with a plastic shell with interchangable parts. Let's focus on maintaining progress with things like the recent equality act - legislation that will impact the problems the trans members of our society have directly.

When you're selling them specifically gendered male and female clothes and accessories, yeah, you really are reinforcing cis-hetero-normativity. If you really wanted to teach kids creativity you'd sell them one kit with all kinds of parts and not tell them that some parts only go with other parts.

It's hardly the worst thing we inflict on them, and by the time they're old enough to not swallow the parts they've long since absorbed pink-is-girls-blue-is-boys. But you can't miss that Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head really do send that message yet again.


Fair counterpoint. On the other, I do seem to remember both genders of kids playing with both.Half the fun was making a potato with a mix of the accessories - the big lips from the "girl" and whatever from the "boy". 

The point remains - the only people that probably care about ANY are the usual PC-gone-mad parents. The kids don't care - it's just a toy to them.
 
2021-02-28 5:26:18 PM  
So the eyes has it.
 
2021-02-28 5:27:05 PM  
Didn't care before, still don't care. But I am amazed that there are people in this world who think this is something worth fighting over.
 
2021-02-28 5:29:06 PM  

centrifugal bumblepuppy: Uh, no. The brand "Mr. Potato Head" is still becoming "Potato Head".

There will be individual products named "Mr. Potato Head" & "Mrs. Potato Head"


Don't forget to include Mr and Mr Potato Head

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2021-02-28 5:29:26 PM  

Somacandra: I don't remember any potato genitalia.

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That's the conservative point, gender is arbitrary, so unless the proper gendered accessories are limited to the people will the proper gender assignment, it just gets all confused and we won't know who to discriminate against.

Also I think the Republican AGs from across this great nation will create a task investigating children who either mix mr and ms potato head parts together or even worse, use ms potato head parts on a male body.  There is a think tank working on how to limit what bathrooms these toys can be taken in, if they don't strictly use the proper parts.

The ultimate goal is to have Hasbro change the designs so that the male potato head parts can't be used on the female body and to redesign the potato head bodies to be explicitly gendered.
 
2021-02-28 5:33:04 PM  
Because of the negative publicity, Mr. Potato Head decides to go underground...

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2021-02-28 5:36:27 PM  
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2021-02-28 5:39:24 PM  
I hope they introduce Gay Mr. Potato Head just to create additional conservative outrage.
 
2021-02-28 5:40:15 PM  
Marketing genius. Free advertizing on worldwide for a few days.
 
2021-02-28 5:41:03 PM  

Somacandra: I don't remember any potato genitalia.

Should be a Fark-site tagline


i always taped a french fry to mine
 
2021-02-28 5:44:02 PM  

Idiot Stick Bearer: Somacandra: I don't remember any potato genitalia.

Should be a Fark-site tagline

i always taped a french fry to mine


Username checks out.
 
2021-02-28 5:54:34 PM  
Will be boycotting those so-called "new potatoes" at the Safeway, I tell you what
 
2021-02-28 5:57:10 PM  
I'm still mad that they took away his smoking pipe goddamnit!
 
2021-02-28 5:58:11 PM  
Now if only Hasbro can leave Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering alone
 
2021-02-28 5:59:00 PM  
 
2021-02-28 6:00:09 PM  
It's still HasBRO tho right
 
2021-02-28 6:09:43 PM  

GranoblasticMan: Somaticasual: Haven't Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead existed for decades?
I'm all for trans-friendly and third-gender-accepting ideas. It's a good way to truly help a lot of folks that don't have a choice in who they were born as.

But, I think we're over-reacting in trying to revise every toy or concept to match. Kids don't care - they just want to play with things. It's not teaching hetero-normative values to play with a plastic shell with interchangable parts. Let's focus on maintaining progress with things like the recent equality act - legislation that will impact the problems the trans members of our society have directly.

It's a farking potato.


That's the point. It doesn't need to be battleground for anything other than what it is. There are far more important fights for equality.
 
2021-02-28 6:09:56 PM  

tennyson: When you're selling them specifically gendered male and female clothes and accessories, yeah, you really are reinforcing cis-hetero-normativity.


You're not assuming that "male" and "female" are related to chromosomes, are you? Because that would be some heteronormativity, right there.
 
2021-02-28 6:12:44 PM  
R.I.P. Mr. Potato Head....glad I saw him perform twice.

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2021-02-28 6:13:03 PM  
On a totally unrelated note, speaking as a current parent of a 6 year old, FARK Hasbro.
Every product they make is a cheap, shiatty, weak plastic rush job.

And since they've been gobbling up the rights to every toy and game basically ever, it's all tinier, lighter, more breakable, badly designed, pale imitations of the things we parents remember from our childhood.
 
2021-02-28 6:16:34 PM  
conservatives get upset over the stupidest things.  Honestly, they're not here to solve problems.  I don't know why anyone would vote for a person who put so much energy into dumb sh*t like this instead of working on issues like homelessness, healthcare, etc.
 
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