The toy that determined Prince’s fashion aesthetic for life.
If there’s a word like Brony to describe male fans of Hasbro’s Easy-Bake Oven, let’s just say there’ll be lots of happier…those, very soon. Because Hasbro’s getting ready to unveil a gender-neutral one that comes in black, silver and blue.
McKenna Pope, 13, of Garfield, N.J., got more than 40,000 signatures on her online petition at Change.org and the support of celebrity chefs including Bobby Flay, who backed her call for Hasbro to make a gender-neutral oven and to include boys in the ads.
She was prompted to start the petition after shopping for an Easy-Bake as a Christmas present for her 4-year-old brother, Gavyn Boscio, and finding them only in purple and pink.
That was very kind of her. My sisters would have said, “Suck it up, bitch, you’re getting a pink toy and liking it!” And since I’m like ten years older than both of them, I’d just have laughed in their faces. Only to be stabbed in my sleep. But I digress…
The new Easy-Bake will be shown at Toy Fair and you’ll probably be able to buy one come summer.
Seriously, though, if you’re willing to cook and eat something called Red Velvet Cake, the purple oven shouldn’t be that much of a problem. The Hulk wears purple pants and you don’t see anyone questioning his masculinity. Even though considering that they’re human-sized pants on a Hulk-sized body, they’ve gotta be harder on the ol’ manhood than some toy toaster oven which happens to be the same color.