Hasbro’s proposed update to its classic property-trading board game Monopoly has been met with a social media backlash from critics who accuse the toy giant of pandering to the ‘woke mobs’ by scrapping the Community Chest cards.
The US company announced last week that all 16 of Monopoly’s Community Chest cards, which allow players to collect extra money, will be replaced to bring them more in line with current social attitudes. The existing set of cards offer players unexpected cash bonuses such as “second prize in a beauty contest” for $10 or “bank error in your favor” for $200.
According to Hasbro, however, they are “overdue for a refresh,” because the Covid-19 pandemic has given the word “community” a “whole new meaning.” The toymaker has invited fans to help change Monopoly’s 85-year-plus history by voting online for new Community Chest cards, such as “Shop Local,”“Rescue A Puppy,” or “Help Your Neighbors.”
Yup, you read that right: THE MONOPOLY GAME is changing, and YOU get to be a part of it. 🙌 Help us add a little community to the Community Chest by voting for your favorite new cards now! https://t.co/CqlNVlE7C6#CommunityChest pic.twitter.com/hJ55V1w2Ai— Hasbro (@Hasbro) March 18, 2021
On announcing the move however, Hasbro drew instant mockery, with several social media users branding the updated game “Woke-opoly” and accusing the company of giving in to social media mobs.
One Twitter user even posted an altered version of Monopoly’s classic board, complete with 21st century possibilities “gender reassignment,”“de-platforming,” and “collecting money by phoning daddy” when players “pass go.”