“Save a potato, eat more stuffing!” Mr. Potato Head shouted at this Modern Philosopher as we enjoyed a Snapple on the set. “That’s the message I want to spread to all Americans as Thanksgiving approaches.”
The PSA is produced by Pass On Potatoes, a non-profit organization for the protection of potatoes. Mr. Potato Head told me he was thrilled when the group approached him to be its spokes spud.
“I’m honored to be the voice of my fellow potatoes. I’ve been very lucky to have such a successful career,” he said humbly. “Not many potatoes ever make it in show biz, and none of them have lasted this long in the spotlight without becoming baked.”
We both laughed at his witty bit of world play.
“I know that I’m going to make it through every Thanksgiving because I have one hell of a Guardian Angel, but so many brother and sister potatoes are going to end up boiled, mashed, and drowned in butter and gravy. I realize we taste good, but damn, that is a harsh way to go!”
The message of the PSA is quite simple. Mr. Potato Head and his spud buds would like you to pass on the mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving and double up on the stuffing.
“Who doesn’t love stuffing?” Mr. P asked as he popped open another Snapple. “It’s so delicious, and we never really have it except on Thanksgiving. Since it’s a once in a year kind of thing, folks really need to pound down that stuff. Don’t be ashamed, you know? Just go for it.”
At that point, a production assistant brought over a box of Stove Top stuffing for Mr. Potato Head. “Look at these ingredients. Nothing is dying to provide you with the perfect side dish to your Thanksgiving feast. It says right here on the box that this stuffing was made specifically to go with turkey.”
Who’s with me on this? Who’s going to help me save the potatoes this Thanksgiving?
Mr. Potato Head put on his biggest smile to let you all know that he can feel the love and support, and he wants you all to have a happy, potato free Thanksgiving!