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“Cancel culture” coming for Monopoly’s Mr. Pennybags gifts

For the first time in 85 years, Hasbro will update the Community Chest cards that come with the board game Monopoly, giving the public input into what their own communities find important, CBS News reports.

“Covering topics like beauty contests, holiday funds, and life insurance, there is no denying the Monopoly game’s Community Chest Cards are long overdue for a refresh,” Hasbro said in a press release.  “And, coming out of the tumultuous year of 2020, the term ‘community’ has taken on a whole new meaning.”

Some outdated cards, such as getting $20 for taking second place in a beauty contest, could be replaced by cash to shop local, rewards for returning a lost pet or a gift for helping a neighbor clean up after a storm.

Mr. Pennybags, the mustachioed character represented on Community Chest and Chance cards–who’s also known as Mr. Monopoly and Mr. Moneybags–will remain as the mascot of the game.

“The world has changed a lot since Monopoly became a household name more than 85 years ago, and clearly today community is more important than ever,” Eric Nyman, Chief Consumer Officer at Hasbro, said. “We felt like 2021 was the perfect time to give fans the opportunity to show the world what community means to them through voting on new Community Chest Cards. We’re really excited to see what new cards get voted in!”

There’s no word if Monopoly will raise rents or pay for passing “Go” to reflect increasing costs and inflation.  To vote for your favorites, go to the Monopoly Community Chest website.

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