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Piers Morgan has claimed “woke imbeciles are destroying the world" after it was announced that the Mr Potato Head brand will lose the "Mr" in a gender neutral makeover.
Toy giant Hasbro has said that from later this year the popular toy’s brand name and logo will just be “Potato Head”.
The news sparked a debate online, with Good Morning Britain star Morgan among those to weigh in.
Sharing a picture of the toy on Twitter, he fumed: “Who was actually offended by Mr Potato Head being male? I want names.
“These woke imbeciles are destroying the world.”
Who was actually offended by Mr Potato Head being male? I want names. These woke imbeciles are destroying the world. pic.twitter.com/CwsaX5D2Ue
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 25, 2021
Posting an article about the rebrand on Instagram, the presenter continued: “FFS.
"Imagine doing this in the middle of a global pandemic because you’re terrified of offending a few wokies... so spineless and depressing.”
The company, which has been making the much-loved toy since 1952, said it would be dropping the “Mr” but later clarified that it is the branding that will change.
The Mr and Mrs Potato Head characters will still exist.
“Hold that Tot – your main spud, MR POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere!” the firm tweeted.
Watch: Hasbro's Mr Potato Head is getting a gender neutral name
“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.”
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 pic.twitter.com/6I84KrxOLQ
— Hasbro (@Hasbro) February 25, 2021
Hasbro Senior Vice President Kimberly Boyd spoke to Fast Company about the change.
“Culture has evolved. Kids want to be able to represent their own experiences," said Boyd.
"The way the brand currently exists - with the ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ - is limiting when it comes to both gender identity and family structure.”
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