Protesters call for removal of Harvey’s Big Potato Man statue

Protesters call for removal of Harvey’s Big Potato Man statue

Maugerville — Taking their cue from similar protests across the United States, several students from UNB and St. Thomas have announced plans to publicly condemn local mascot and tourist attraction Harvey’s Big Potato Man.

What was it about the giant spud that prompted these young people to call for the statue’s removal?

“I see it as a symbol of the patriarchy’s stranglehold on produce,” protester Rachel Facey explained. “I mean, why does it have to be the big potato man?”

“Yeah, plus it looks like a dick,” added fellow protester Alex Cleveland. “Which is totally sexist.”

Facey scrunched up her face. “No it doesn’t.”

Embarrassed, another student muttered something under his breath about girth being what really matters.

The organizers have been planning a demonstration for two weeks now, since the beginning of the fall semester. More than 30 students have come together to condemn the fixture, creating T-shirts and signs that spread their message. They even have a slogan, as Facey is quick to chant:

“You Say Potato — We Say Down with Institutionalized Misogyny!”

“That potato is a hero!” exclaimed Luke Dawson, a passionate supporter of the Maugerville market and statue. “They want to condemn the Big Potato Man, but I don’t see them rushing to give up everything that he’s given them, like turnip…and watermelon…and sometimes those molasses cookies. They’re hypocrites!”

Just one day ahead of the scheduled protest, Harvey Harvestor, the eccentric proprietor of the stand, called a small press conference to address the issue head-on.

“The Big Potato Man statue,” he began, “is an icon. It stands as a symbol of not only our modest business, but of our province’s agriculture as a whole. However, that being said, times are changing. It is 2017, after all, and we now know better than to impose a hetero-normative identity onto produce. Therefore, I am proud to announce that we will be making a small adjustment to our beloved statue.

“From this day forward, I decree that the Big Potato Man will henceforth be officially referred to as the Big Potato Person.”

As reporters stood to applaud the proclamation, Harvestor nodded his head proudly and raised his right fist.

“White Power!”

  1. Has never been referred to as the “Big Potato Man”, only as the “Big Potato”…
    FAKE NEWS!!!!! LOL!!! (Y)

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    • yes this is crazy….I went too High School in Fredericton, my friend family owned & operated it……we interviewed her grandfather in grade 8, amazing man..hard working family, I have just moved back too Fredericton after 32 yrs, I believe there are other concerns that did too be looked at in this little City. But your energy & time towards other issue and leave The Big Potato alone, ya that is what we called him or her, lol

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  2. These kids need to spend more time on their studies than worrying over little things like the big potato. I think that there are more serious issues in this world than a bunch material made up as a statue. Please get a life!!!

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  3. These idiots don`t have a lot to do !!!!!!!!!

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  4. Great to see that some people in NB are taking the most importent issues and dealing with then.

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  5. Thank God it wasn’t the big carrot man … boy that wouldn’t been too phallic.

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  6. I drove pass that for over 50 years and always called it “The Big Potatoe” thats it!! I think they are taking this a little far, its ridiculous!

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  7. Is this a sign of intelligent life from our young students ?
    It’s a dead potato,every time I drive by I wave hello..

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  8. we always drove past this big potato on all holidays as kids going to grandparents and we would be so excited to see it. What a croc these kids are making about this. Isnt there anything to occupy their minds more than this

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  9. Lol great article! I love this site XD

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  11. Potatoe lives matter

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  12. Worked their 40 years ago, and it was called “the big potato”. Such a special place for a summer job, and the owners were amazing!!

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