Chalk this one up as something I never expected to see in my lifetime: Hasbro is changing one of the Monopoly tokens. Knowing the controversy this will cause if they just arbitrarily eliminate one, they want the public to decide on Facebook which one gets the old heave ho.
If you donít remember, and, really, how could you not, the current tokens are battleship, iron, race car, Scottie dog, shoe, thimble, top hat and wheelbarrow.
I always wanted the Scottie dog, though, being the youngest, I canít remember if I ever got it. Runners up were the race car and the top hat.
Itís been decades since Iíve played Monopoly, but I think Hasbro should have the decency to wait until Iím dead to make changes to the game. Thereís enough turmoil in the world without unnecessary and distressing revisions.
It appears the The Associated Press has taken a survey and 38 percent voted to ax the iron. I canít say that I donít understand, the 21st century being what it is, but the iron is a throwback to a simpler time when 20-pound hunks of metal were heated on the stove by women with no options and six children underfoot all under the age of 5. Well, maybe the iron can go.
I am not quite alone in my opposition to change, however. On Thursday, 44,550 Facebook fans were ďtalking about this.Ē Yes, I am talking to you about this but how did they know?
Comments on Facebook range from ďPlease leave the Monopoly pieces as is!! Ē to ďI HATE YOU HASBRO!!!!!!!!!!Ē My feelings fall somewhere in the middle.
The Hasbro company also wants the Facebook crowd to choose the new token. Our choices are cat, diamond ring, guitar, toy robot or helicopter.
The diamond ring cannot be an option. You do not play a game involving the acquisition of money while pushing a diamond ring around the board. Itís just not done. What if you go to Jail, I mean, directly to Jail? A diamond ring in jail ó thatís just ridiculous.
If there must be a ďwinner,Ē it only seems fair that the cat win. Dogs have been represented since the 1950s, while cats waited on the sidelines, licking their paws as if they didnít care, the brave pose masking a broken heart.
Iím not saying I want anything to change. Change is bad, unless itís good, and this one is bad.
The AP poll shows the robot in the lead with 38 percent (the same people who voted against the iron, I presume.)
Voting on the Facebook site does not begin until Tuesday and ends Feb. 5. It is not so much a mandate on the worthiness of our old tokens but more of a publicity stunt to draw attention to Hasbroís products. As if the Easy-Bake oven gender stereotyping controversy werenít enough.
If youíll read the comments on Facebook, youíll soon understand, as I have, a Monopoly token is being sacrificed to draw attention from the Furby debacle of Christmas 2012.
A representative Facebook comment: ďShame on your for scaring kids with the expensive, satanic, evil Furby that chants some incoherent thing the Furby translator cant [sic] identify then the next day dies and wonít work after battery change or re-set [sic].Ē
Iím on to you Hasbro.
Jan Hearne is the Press Tempo editor. Reach her at email@example.com.