Conservatives are having a difficult time this week accepting the fact that a plastic toy does not, in fact, have a gender.
Keeping pace with modern times, Hasbro announced on Thursday it’s giving Mr. Potato Head a 21st Century upgrade with a whole potato family, including a gender-neutral potato.
“It’s a potato,” Ali Mierzejewski, editor-in-chief of review site The Toy Insider, told the Associated Press (AP). “But kids like to see themselves in the toys they are playing with.”
Hasbro’s decision stems from research on how real toddlers play with the hard plastic spud. “The sweet spot for the toy is two to three years old,” Kimberly Boyd, an SVP and GM at Hasbro, told Fast Company. “Kids like dressing up the toy, then playing out scenarios from their life. This often takes the form of creating little potato families, because they’re learning what it means to be in a family.”
Predictably, the genderless Potato head enraged more than a few conservatives, with many taking to Twitter to share their hysterical outrage.
YouTube conspiracy theorist Mark Dice replied to an Associated Press report about it saying, “It’s time for Republican states to secede.”
English broadcaster Piers Morgan took issue with Hasbro continuing their toy business amid a global pandemic.
Right pack it in now Piers my luv! Imagine caring! Were you planning on buying one? I don’t think. pic.twitter.com/duZrIHdQSz
— Ryan ✌️ (@RyanS_UK) February 25, 2021
Conservative political pundit Ben Shapiro had a complete meltdown over the news:
— Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) February 25, 2021
oh no they’ve cancelled mr. potato head goddamn you goddamn you all to hell pic.twitter.com/4HvARokJqK
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 25, 2021
The conservative outrage quickly drew mockery from the left:
please, God, don’t let Mr. Potato Head be the thing that pushes us to a second civil war. historians will never let us live it down. https://t.co/UwMwm7au8t
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) February 25, 2021
Will the Mr Potato Head scandal be the precipitating event that leads to America’s second civil war? Imagine being an historian writing about something this asinine. pic.twitter.com/e3BcTEyfzP
— Fat City Marijuana Inspector (@Moderateleft) February 25, 2021
Mr. Potato Head gets rebranded to Potato Head -> ???????? -> Republican states need to secede pic.twitter.com/1DMFrfNqir
— Chat / Ana / Toffee / Niko 😼🥂 (@Anarchat__) February 25, 2021
“Hi, I’m a modern conservative and I am easily triggered when I have to think about whether my toy potato has a penis or a vagina”
— PDX’er (@davidjohnsonpdx) February 25, 2021