Hold Your Ground – 26-Feb-2021

Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head

Way to hold your ground, Hasbro.

Well, kind of…

I flipped on the TV this morning, as part of my morning ritual and self-allotted 30 minutes of “news” time (Ritual sounds so much more worldly than “routine,” doesn’t it?), to see what was going on in the world.

Hand holding remote, pointing toward television.

Cryptocurrency is having a rough week. Sorry, Dax!

And evidently, the media was having a full-blown celebration that Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head were not going to be a Mr. or Mrs. anymore, and the toy was becoming “gender neutral.”

Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head

There were articles and Tweets everywhere about it this morning, all stating that Hasbro was dropping the “Mister,” and the Mr. Potato Head game was heading straight down the expressway of wokefulness, making a beeline to Gender-Neutral town.

Mr. Potato Head

What in the actual ?


I don’t believe everything I read, when it comes to “news articles.”

Having learned a long time ago, that the people that write those articles often have self-fulfilling agendas, I now take the time to delete the browser with the “article” in it, and then go straight to the source to read what that person, or company spokesman person, actually said.

Here’s what I found:

Hasbro Tweet - Mr. Potato Head

Hasbro created some confusion for itself.

First, it announced that Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head were going to just be “Potato Head” games.

Then, it announced that it was keeping the Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head names, on the plastic children’s games, and everybody that didn’t like it could go pound sand.

Think about it for a minute.

Monkey thinking HARD

When there are two, gender-specific toys, that doubles the profits, over one gender-neutral toy.

This has diddly to do with be “woke.”

Sincere-looking woman with her hand on her chest

It’s about making money, cheddar, bank, cash, moolah, profits, dough, scratch, coin, Benjamins, clams, greenbacks…

Stacks of hundred dollar bills.

Hasbro is multi-billion dollar company.

As a company, I’m wondering how much pressure they were receiving to change their gender-specific toys.

Because it certainly seems to me like they initially caved.

Chess board and pieces

And once they received the feedback from their actual consumers, they did an immediate 180, opting to NOT rebrand their gender-specific toys.

This whole ridiculous debacle got me wondering about this “cancel culture” society that we’ve, somehow, adopted as normal and adapted to — much like a declawed cat adapts to its newly clawless paws.

Gray cat, with yellow eyes, ears lying flat, against a gray background.

It hurts, and we hate it, but we can’t do anything about it, so we adapt.

We — the general American public — don’t seem to have a lot of say in what’s deemed acceptable anymore, but for our consumer rights.

And judging by the Tweets that Hasbro received from the American consumer — 13K and counting — the American consumer let Hasbro know, right quick, that they wouldn’t purchase the “gender-neutral” toy and thought the whole premise was hogwash.

Tweet symbol

Doesn’t it remind you of the Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby closing-on-Sundays fights those two companies had to endure?

Hobby Lobby logo

Is there anything better than Chick-Fil-A’s chicken sandwich and waffle fries?

Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich & waffle fries

Whether you’re a person who believes in and loves God, is irrelevant in this discussion.

Book laid out on rock in the woods

The point is that these companies have the right to conduct their business however and whenever they please.

These two particular companies held their ground, and they are not open on Sundays.

We all adapted.

And here’s the kicker:

Three football players, one getting ready to kick the football

While Hasbro received tens of thousands of Tweets from angry consumers who were against their attempt to appease the woke few, Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby received tens of thousands of Tweets supporting their decision to close their businesses on Sundays, as both companies held their ground.

Twitter symbol on smartphone

Hasbro caved. The other two companies did not.

Regardless, if the “Mister,” in the name of the toy, Mr. Potato Head, offends some “woke” folks, then they have the right to exercise their consumer rights and not buy the toy.

Mr. Potato Head - Arms Out

Nothing’s changed, in that regard. Every one of us has always had that consumer right.

Just don’t buy it, if it offends you.

Tatted arms on one side of the counter and hand holding credit card on the other side of the counter.

Easy-peasy, right?

I’m guessing that Hasbro crunched the numbers and decided that they’d survive the hit of losing the “woke” crowd’s Mr. Potato Head’s dollars.

Hasbro logo

And if it’s Sunday, you can stand in line at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant, in any American airport, all day long, if you want (It’ll be a short line. You’ll be the only one in it).

Chick-fil-A logo

You still won’t get a chicken sandwich and waffle fries.

When was the last time you stood your ground?

Man's arms folder across his body with an emphasis on the watch he's wearing.

It’s almost never easy, and usually you’ll be standing there all by yourself.

Some call holding your ground courageous, and sometimes it is.

Courage does not always roar.

Sometimes, people want to battle it out over every single issue.

I say, “Choose your battles wisely. If you fight every single battle, you’ll be too exhausted to win the really important ones.”

Well, damn.

Now, all I can think about is Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich, followed by a trip to Hobby Lobby.

More tomorrow,


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