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A&W Root Beer places pants on ‘polarizing’ mascot bear Rooty after M&Ms ‘pauses’ spokescandies


Rooty the Nice Root Bear, the mascot of A&W Eating places for 60 years, will therefore forth be carrying denim denims. 

In a Twitter submit, the corporate steered that Rooty’s lack of pants was “polarizing.” 

“America, let’s speak. Since 1963, Rooty the Nice Root Bear has been our beloved spokesbear. We knew individuals would discover as a result of he’s actually a 6-foot tall bear carrying an orange sweater,” the corporate mentioned. “However now we get it – even a mascot’s lack of pants may be polarizing.” 

FILE: An indication hangs above an A&W restaurant on September 22, 2011 in Oak Garden, Illinois.  (Scott Olson/Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)

Transferring ahead, Rooty will put on be carrying denims. The corporate mentioned Rooty will nonetheless stay the corporate’s official “spokesbear” regardless of the replace. 

“We’re assured Rooty will proceed to champion good meals & good instances for a few years to come back…now in denim,” A&W Eating places wrote. 

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FOX Enterprise has reached out to the corporate, in search of extra particulars on what led to the choice to change the mascot. 

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FILE: A stuffed “Rooty the Root Bear” mascot displayed contained in the A&W Okinawa Co. Makiminato restaurant in Urasoe, Okinawa, , on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. (Kentaro Takahashi/Bloomberg by way of Getty Pictures / Getty Pictures)

The replace comes after sweet model M&M’s introduced its distinct “spokescandies” have been taking an “indefinite pause” and changed with former SNL actress Maya Rudolph. 

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M&M’s is one among many firms in recent times that has overhauled or modified its branding within the wake of backlash. 

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