The Internet Is United Once More: Everyone Is Roasting ‘Ms. Monopoly’
Go directly to jail.
Last year, Hasbro introduced the ‘Ms. Monopoly’ game with an absolutely baffling ad, and now the Internet has resurfaced it, and has a lot of things to say.
There is nothing more satisfying and fun than when the Internet comes together to all make fun of something that deserves to be made fun of. This is especially true at the moment, when everything is mostly sad and upsetting. It’s also ESPECIALLY satisfying when it happens to be about something I personally am on the record as hating: Monopoly.
I’ve noticed an increase in the amount of people playing monopoly & I just need to register my hatred for monopoly. It’s a bad bad boring game and I hate it. But have fun
— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) March 31, 2020
Monopoly sucks, and I am thrilled to have more people on my side. The current roasting all started when someone on Twitter posted an ad from last year, telling people that there is no way they would guess what the product ends up being at the end. And you wouldn’t, except I just spoiled it for you (Ms. Monopoly). It’s still worth checking out the ad, which is unhinged.
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
The game has a few “girl power” changes from regular Monopoly, with items invented by women.
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
Mm….feminism. Lots of people had something to say about the message being sent by the ad and the game.
10yo girl: lets play monopoly
Hasboro: how about MS. Monopoly!
Girl: I- I just want to play a game
Hasboro: its lady-themed! Girls can do anything!
Hasboro [crouching down to eye level]: dont forget that no matter what u do, you will always—and I mean ALWAYS—be a woman
— all the time mais (@maisondecris) May 8, 2020
Nothing says Feminism like playing at being a greedy landlord, but this time As a Lady!
— Faati♡ (@FaatimaVasser) May 8, 2020
Ms Monopoly is such a pitch-perfect storm of soulless "girlboss" corporate feminism that i have a hard time being convinced it's not perfomance art. pic.twitter.com/78KXmhBQPW
— Lalau (@lalaulalo) May 9, 2020
Ms. Monopoly claims to be "self made" but she got her start up capital from her uncle, The Monopoly Guy. pic.twitter.com/NfhZGCOjN4
— Jim Stansel (@jayhawk618) May 8, 2020
But the best part of all of this are the tweets about who or what the Ms. Monopoly character reminds them of.
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
Ms. Monopoly told me we needed more female drone pilots then threw her coffee at a service worker
— The Spam Fried Rice Gamer (@mrfeelswildride) May 9, 2020
Ms. Monopoly just told me she’d rather see me die than see the economy collapse ??? pic.twitter.com/zukwAmjlcd
— medium naturals 4 revolutions🦝 (@bussydouche) May 9, 2020
Ms. Monopoly just denied me a raise
— Molly Lambert 🦔 (@mollylambert) May 9, 2020
This is all even MORE infuriating because of the fact that there is a lot of controversy around who invented Monopoly in the first place. Many people think that Lizzie Magie’s ‘Landlord’s Game’, invented more than a century ago, was subsequently built upon by a man, changed to ‘Monopoly’ and sold, earning him a fortune.
If @Hasbro actually wanted to celebrate women's empowerment with their new "Ms. Monopoly" game, why not *finally* acknowledge that a woman invented Monopoly in the first place? #LizzieMagiehttps://t.co/xpCUp0FQtN
— Mary Pilon (@marypilon) September 10, 2019
The original game also had a completely (much better) different message.
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 fact that Ms. Monopoly was released when Magie’s contribution has never been acknowledged absolutely sucks, but it means that we can all peacefully enjoy the roasting it’s currently receiving.
Found The team behind the Ms Monopoly ad pic.twitter.com/c1UJjnhtY2
— Jimmy Osborn (@jimmygosborn) May 8, 2020
Also because it’s just a terrible game in general. Every version.