Mr. Potato Head is still a spud, but he is no longer a stud. Hasbro, the makers of the plastic, potato-shaped toy that comes with a collection of body-part accessories, has officially removed his “Mr.” title and given him a new gender-neutral name: Potato Head.
“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.
The Potato Head toy will now be sold as a kit that contains three potato bodies–two large ones and a small one–and 42 accessories.
Early reactions to the news on social media have been mostly from people poking fun at Hasbro’s decision—some comedic, some mean-spirited, and many written by conservatives blasting the progressive “woke” culture for trying to cancel a toy.
Some wondered why conservatives were so angry about a toy.
Some just saw the decision as a way to update the toy like so many other toy companies are doing with certain products.
Others wondered what kids these days even play with Mr. Potato Head toys anymore.
Some saw it as a genius marketing move by Hasbro.
Others took the opportunity to continue to make fun of Ted Cruz.
Most just made jokes.