The well-known mascot for Procter & Gamble’s cleaning products, Mr. Clean, is a made-up character who is heteros*xual. Created in 1958, Mr. Clean is known for his bald head, white t-shirt, and hoop earring, symbolizing cleanliness and strength. The figure has appeared in innumerable commercials highlighting the advantages of the cleaning supplies he stands for.
Since Mr. Clean is a made-up and animated character, details about his actual life—including his s*xual orientation—are not relevant or revealed. Any speculations surrounding his s*xual orientation are hypothetical and not anchored in the character’s primary purpose as a business symbol.
Is Mr. Clean Gay?
Mr. Clean believes that all types of s*x are excessively dirty, which is why he is an as*xual. He does not identify as homos*xual, straight, or bi. His first love has always been cleaning. He even finds it unbearable to be seen in anything other than immaculate white. This is how his life has always been.
According to a Twitter post, “Mr. Clean is neither gay, straight nor bi, he is as*xual because s*x of any kind is just too dirty for him. His first love has always been cleaning.”
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This fits with a history of characters who fit neatly into the as*xual category, saving their creators the trouble of having to assign a label. For example, Spongebob Squarepants’ creator claimed in 2005 that the pineapple-under-the-sea resident addressed the topic of his s*xuality.
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Who is Mr. Clean?
The trademark and persona of Mr. Clean, sometimes known as Mr. Proper, are owned by the American company Procter & Gamble. Originally created for an all-purpose cleaner, the figure later expanded to include an abrasive melamine foam sponge.
The original creator of the all-purpose cleaner was Linwood Burton, a marine ship cleaning businessman with clientele around the East Coast of the United States. Character actor House Peters Jr. portrayed Mr. Clean in the initial live-action TV commercial adaptations in 1958.
Since the product’s introduction, the Mr. Clean jingle has been around. It was originally recorded as a duet by a male artist (Don Cherry) and a female artist in the popular music genre (Betty Bryan).
In the spring of 1957, Thomas Scott Cadden, while working for the Tatham-Laird & Kudner Advertising Agency, composed the jingle at his Skokie, Illinois, home. The 2016 television ad featured an updated rendition of the jingle. Compared to all other commercial jingles played on television, it has the longest history.
Mr. Clean Scenes Competition
Honda Motor Co. launched an advertising campaign in 1998 that included a television advertisement starring Mr. Clean to promote the company’s clean-running Accord and other Honda vehicles, such as motorbikes, lawnmowers, string trimmers, and marine engines.
Mr. Clean invited users to participate in an online competition hosted by YouTube in March 2007 to make a commercial promoting the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. The contest was open until June 30, 2007. The winner of the $10,000 prize for the video “Here’s to Stains” was announced in September 2007.