The Potato Heads

POSTED: March 2, 2021

Last week Hasbro announced that, from this autumn, Mister Potato Head would become the gender neutral Potato Head in order to be more inclusive and so that all could feel “welcome in the Potato Head world.”

Among the right wind commentators that lap this sort of stuff up, a entirely predictable outrage erupted within milliseconds.

In a tweet today, however, Hasbro wrote: “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.”

They accompanied this with an interesting image.

For the historians among you, AP News would like you to know that “Mr. Potato Head first hit the toy scene in 1952, when it didn’t even come with a plastic potato — kids had to supply their own vegetable to poke eyes, a nose or mustache into. Hasbro, which also makes Monopoly and My Little Pony, bought the brand and eventually added a plastic spud.”