Whilst, for the most part, the internet can seem irrevocably divided, there are moments where people unite to tear things to absolute pieces. Following its release last year, Hasbro’s Ms. Monopoly game experienced this first-hand. Now it’s resurfaced on the Twitter-sphere to reignite the everlasting debate of Monopoly’s worth.
It all began when someone reposted an advert for the game, and it’s safe to say the internet has lost its shit.
Ms. Monopoly sees the traditional version of the game changed to favour female players in a move which simply comes off as condescending.
“There is no way you’re going to be able to predict what this ad is trying to sell you,” the Twitter user wrote, posting the advert for all to see.
im losing my mind. there is no way you’re going to be able to predict what this ad is trying to sell you
finally, now more than ever, women can buy our product pic.twitter.com/f68JCM7vvt
— bara godzilla (@baraGodzilla) May 8, 2020
Upon its release, Ms. Monopoly was criticised for its approach which implied women needed special advantages over men, and the game was seen as a corporate attempt to capitalise of feminism. So, how is Ms. Monopoly different from other versions of Monopoly? Well, it has a few changes, including the addition of numerous items invented by women, such as WiFi and chocolate chip cookies.
Holy shit it gets worse
“At the start female players get more money than guys—$1,900 versus $1,500—and collect $240 for passing go, rather than the usual $200. Players purchase things created by women, like “WiFi … chocolate chip cookies, solar heating and modern shapewear.”
— Fox Buchele (@FoxBuchele) May 8, 2020
People have taken to the internet to unite against the game, pointing out the fact that the original iteration of the board game, The Landlord’s Game, was actually created by a woman before it was eventually changed to Monopoly by a man – despite the fact it was created “to demonstrate the rampant inequality caused by capitalist greed.”
FUN FACT: Monopoly was based on The Landlord’s Game, created in 1902 by Lizzie Magie to demonstrate the rampant inequality caused by capitalist greed. The idea was taken by a man and sold to Parker Brothers, who adapted it as the polar opposite of what Magie had intended. https://t.co/yBAry0BK6p
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) September 10, 2019
The roasts keep rolling in, and they are some of the best the internet has seen.
Ms. Monopoly has tweets from 2014 where she uses the N word.
— Ashleigh 🏴 (@AshBCoffin) May 9, 2020
Ms. Monopoly just called me “Sweetie” even though we are the same age. pic.twitter.com/sl8Hz7CzEJ
— Ariel Dumas (@ArielDumas) May 10, 2020
I mean come on, it’s 2020. How was this game even allowed to be released? I suppose we can thank the capitalist system that tries to be up-to-speed with social issues yet fails miserably.
Found The team behind the Ms Monopoly ad pic.twitter.com/c1UJjnhtY2
— Jimmy Osborn (@jimmygosborn) May 8, 2020
Whatever you do, just don’t buy this game for a young girl’s birthday. It’ll crush her dreams and sense of reality.