I’ve been on a self-imposed hiatus the past three weeks, first due to unexpected gall bladder surgery and then due to a prolonged search for a new vehicle after one of our family cars was wrecked (no one injured thankfully!).
But while I haven’t been writing, I’ve still been observing, and what I’ve seen is scary. The Biden administration and the progressive left are in the process of instituting a cultural revolution that may ultimately rival China’s disastrous attempt in the 1960s to re-engineer society into a politically correct construct. Whatever didn’t fit into the box of what China’s communist masters deemed suitable was lopped off from social institutions, from cultural norms and ultimately from people themselves.
That same thing is happening in America right now, with the encouragement and applause of our educators, our journalists, our business leaders and our politicians. The only ones not signing on to the radical restructuring of society are everyday Americans. Despite the pretense that we live in a democracy, we are being told what to do, not asked our opinion about what should be happening.
Whether it’s transgenderism, white shaming, history revisionism or erasing borders, we the people are just along for the ride. And if you raise your voice to oppose what is happening, then you will be silenced. During China’s Cultural Revolution, they would cut your tongue out or bury you alive if you didn’t praise your oppressors, but this is the 21st century. Our oppressors just take away our Twitter or YouTube privileges. For now. The physical torture may come later.
So what roused me out of my stupor of numbly and silently watching the “fundamental transformation” of America into a progressive dystopia?
Oddly enough, it was a childhood toy — Mr. Potato Head.
According to the design website FastCompany.com, toymaker Hasbro has decided that it’s time to de-sex Mr. Potato Head. From now on he will be known simply as Potato Head.
According to Fast Company, “On the surface, it may seem like a subtle shift, but it is designed to break away from traditional gender norms, particularly when it comes to creating Potato Head families—how toddlers frequently play with the toy, according to Hasbro’s research. But starting this fall, when the new brand is unveiled, kids will have a blank slate to create same-sex families or single-parent families. It’s a prime example of the way heritage toy brands are evolving to stay relevant in the 21st century.”
Maybe I’m missing something, but if kids were into gender-bending potato experimentation, couldn’t they have just married two Mr. Potato Heads in the first place? No, there’s something more dangerous at play here than just “staying relevant.”
Face it, this is just the latest assault on traditional values in a culture war that that’s left Christians in danger of being reduced to social outcasts. When and why did 6-year-olds become interested in turning potatoes into sex toys in the first place? How did we let childhood become a “safe zone” for political indoctrination?
And why are we comfortable letting the geniuses at Hasbro tinker with our cultural and human values as if they were interchangeable moving parts on a toy? Despite the insistence of progressives, gender isn’t just a mask you can put on and take off. It’s a fundamental state of being, part of what makes us who we are.
In addition, Hasbro isn’t just banning a gender title; it is essentially banning marriage from the potato vocabulary altogether. Mr. and Mrs. are not about gender. They are about commitment. “What God has put together, let no man tear asunder.”
Or a toy company either.
“Culture has evolved,” says Hasbro VP Kimberly Boyd. “Kids want to be able to represent their own experiences. The way the brand currently exists—with the “Mr.” and “Mrs.”—is limiting when it comes to both gender identity and family structure.”
Yeah right, and it’s also limiting when it comes to inter-species breeding. Technically, is there any reason why Potato Head shouldn’t breed with Little Bo Peep? I suppose next year Hasbro will introduce a slab of beef called Meat Head that can seduce Potato Head onto the chopping block.
The opportunities for woke toymakers are probably endless, but the changes also present challenges.
Disney, which recently introduced politically correct warnings on “The Muppets,” will now apparently have to add cautionary labels at the beginning of the “Toy Story” movies as well. Don’t be surprised to read something like this the next time you rent “Toy Story 4”:
“The movie you are about to watch represents out-of-date values and stereotypical gender representations. Since the film was made two years ago, Disney has woke. Please note that not all male potatoes are misters, and not all misters are men. We apologize for not gender-mashing our potatoes earlier. Also, we now confess that Sheriff Woody is a vile stereotype of a sexually oppressive male using his social position to pleasure himself by dominating the other toys. Please excuse our ignorance. For more information or to purchase gender-neutral versions of the characters in the movie, visit www.SexToyStory.PC.”
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