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Last month, Toy Story 4 hit theaters. The latest installment in Pixar’s flagship movie franchise features Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the familiar Toy Story characters we’re used to seeing.
Yet Toy Story 4 introduced a new, unexpected toy to love: Forky. Far from the average anthropomorphic store-bought personalities, Forky is a handmade creation and, importantly, the product of a child’s ingenuity.
In fact, Forky is barely a toy at all: He’s a plastic spork adorned with a pipe cleaner, googly eyes, bits of clay, and a broken popsicle stick. All of his parts are literally taken from the trash by Woody and then put together by a kindergartener named Bonnie.
But what Forky is, and has become in the wake of Toy Story 4’s release, is the star of Toy Story 4.
He’s such a star that people around the world are trying to recreate him at home on their own.
Of course, fancy toys are cool and all, but many parents know that sometimes kids often gravitate toward simpler items.
Since Forky is basically just a plastic spork with pipe cleaner arms and googly eyes stuck on him, he’s actually been pretty easy to recreate. Even before “Toy Story 4” was officially in theaters, the animated utensil was winning over hearts and minds, so it’s not too surprising that plenty of homemade Forkys are popping up across social media.
People are legit connecting with this plastic food utensil on a whole other level.
Maybe this is getting too real…?
Toy stores are getting in on the action too.
Like this Mexican toy store chain that is selling a “Make your own Forky kit” that comes with everything you need a Ziploc plastic bag.
And this movie theatre in Sonora is hosting an event that sounds like an amazing idea.
Translation: Families! Don’t miss the Toy Story marathon tomorrow where you could make your own #Forky
Seriously, this is something I want to go to!
Even Disney itself has come out with a $20 “Make Your Own Forky” kit.
I mean really Disney, was this necessary?
And people don’t seem all that happy about it…
Although a lot of people are mad at Disney for trying to make even more money off an item they themselves depict as literal trash, we can’t say we’re surprised.
For those who wanna try and make their own Forky at home, this Twitter user has you covered.
Steps to make your own Forky:
Buy your own personal kit to assemble it.
But some of the best tweets are from people who’ve already made their own versions.
I mean these look nearly identical to the original Forky…minus the all the blue. But those facial expressions…pure Forky.
Some people out there are getting extra creative with their Forky creations.
But this is one I know I’m totally gonna have a good night out with. Salud!
The California workplace is about to get a lot more inclusive.
On Thursday, California’s state assembly unanimously voted to pass the Crown Act, a bill that will ban employers from discriminating against people with natural hairstyles and textures, including afros, locs, twists, cornrows and other ‘dos that have largely been used as a method to treat Black workers, in particular, unfairly.
The Crown Act, which was introduced by Sen. Holly Mitchell, is now heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, who will sign it into law, PEOPLE reports.
The legislation, the first-ever statewide ban on natural hair discrimination, will expand on California’s anti-discrimination laws, ensuring that the definition of “race” goes beyond skin color and includes “traits historically associated with race.”
“There are still far too many cases of Black employees and applicants denied employment or promotion — even terminated — because of the way they choose to wear their hair,” Mitchell told CNN. “I have heard far too many reports of black children humiliated and sent home from school because their natural hair was deemed unruly or a distraction to others.”
In December, a Black high school wrestler in New Jersey was forced to cut his locks by a referee just before a match. The news made national headlines and prompted outcries of discrimination throughout social media. This month, the state legislature introduced a bill that would similarly update New Jersey’s discrimination law to include protection for “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.”
“This is a movement to protect Black citizens from systematic discrimination because of a hairstyle,” New Jersey State Assemblywoman Angela McKnight told NJ.com. “We’re more than that. This is a civil rights issue.”
A similar ban against natural hair discrimination already exists in New York City.