Monopoly recently announced that it is going to change its pieces in order to modernize itself based on a vote from fans. The pieces removed will be a thimble, boot, and wheelbarrow and, after popular demand, they will be adding a T-rex, rubber ducky and penguin.
Some people are outraged by the change from the classic pieces. Mike Rowe in particular is very frustrated with the removal of three iconic pieces that were representative of American history. The trend for this change first happened in 2013 when the ‘noble iron’ was replaced by the cat.
Now, Rowe says that they’re hacking at the game some more and adding ’emoji’s and golden hashtags.’ The old pieces also represented hard work and the virtues that came with them, like the wheel barrow, thimble and steel toed foot wear, pushing the newer generation to look down on ‘shovel ready‘ jobs, because they feel too good to carry a shovel.
From Young Conservatives:
Pushing a wheel-barrow? Doing a manufacturing job? No, the college age student is told his concerns should be “fulfillment, diversity and fairness,” as he borrows $100,000 to go to college and then wonders why he has no job waiting upon graduation with his major in poetry and minor in gender studies.
Mike Rowe is a beacon for the value and importance of the ‘dirty job,’ the manufacturing job, the jobs that have made America great and enriched the nation. As he notes, those jobs, so many of them well-paying, are lying fallow, waiting to be filled.