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New "Clue" character Dr. Orchid. (Hasbro)

"Feminist coup"

Iconic board game “Clue” kills off Mrs. White in favor of a more empowered woman

By WITW Staff on July 13, 2016

Who killed Mrs. White? Turns out it wasn’t the colonial imperialist Colonel Mustard. Nor was it the so-called femme fatale Miss Scarlett, or any of the other suspects from the board game “Clue.” Instead, it was the Hasbro marketing team that ended her run.

In what is being hailed as a “feminist coup,” Hasbro is discontinuing the character Mrs. White, a housekeeper, after 70 years as of one of the usual suspects in its classic whodunit board game “Clue.” Mrs. White will be replaced by Dr. Orchid, a major brainiac with a touch of a bad streak. According to Hasbro, she “is a biologist with a Ph.D. in plant toxicology, privately schooled in Switzerland until her expulsion following a near-fatal daffodil poisoning incident. She was then home-schooled by the very woman she would go on to replace, the late housekeeper, Mrs. White.”

Mrs. White officially bites the dust in August when the new version of the game hits stores. Hasbro didn’t overtly state that the decision to rub out Mrs. White in favor of Dr. Orchid was intended to make a feminist statement. “It was a difficult decision to say goodbye to Mrs. White — but after 70 years of suspicious activity, we decided that one of the characters had to go,” Jonathan Berkowitz, Hasbro Gaming’s senior vice president of global marketing said. “Dr. Orchid is a brilliant new character with a rich backstory and links to the Black fortune. We’re sure families around the world will continue to create thrilling murder mysteries with all six suspects inside of the iconic Tudor Mansion.” But some view the change as a win for feminism. Lizzy Acker, a writer for The Oregonian described the decision as a “feminist coup,” and TIME noted that Dr. Orchid will be the first woman character in the game to have an official profession — Miss Scarlett is a young socialite and Mrs. Peacock a wealthy widow.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.