On Thursday, toy company Hasbro
announced that the Mr. Potato Head
brand would be dropping the “Mr.” in an effort to “promote gender equality and inclusion” — although Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head will still be available, just with “Mr.” and “Mrs.” featured less prominently on the packaging. But that clarification was announced after the news spread as “Mr. Potato Head is gender-neutral now,” which is how Stephen Colbert
positively talked about it on Thursday’s “Late Show.”
“Mr. Potato Head is no longer a ‘mister. ’ And not, as I originally assumed, because he finally finished his Ph.D. — his potato head doctorate,” Colbert joked.
Colbert slipped into his old “Colbert Report” voice a little bit to say his next faux-outraged joke: “But if it’s not assigned a gender, what bathroom will it use?”
“Naturally, when this news hit Twitter
, the world’s top idiots weighed in,” Colbert continued, citing