If Corn Pops Are Racist, What Will They Say about Cocoa Puffs?
Here’s a story that is sure to curdle your Lucky Charms.
Kellogg’s has apologized after a customer complained about racially insensitive artwork on a package of Corn Pops.
The artwork included cartoon characters shaped like corn kernels frolicking about in a shopping mall. All but one of the kernels was yellow. The lone brown kernel was working as a janitor.
Faster than you could say snap, crackle, pop – a customer raised a stink on social media.
“Why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? This is teaching kids racism,” Marvel Comics writer Saladin Ahmed wrote on Twitter.
USA Today reports Ahmed is a writer for the Marvel Comics’ Black Bolt series and a fantasy novel author.
Kellogg’s responded on Twitter – reaffirming its commitment to diversity and inclusion. In other words, they respect corn kernels of all colors and socio-economic backgrounds.
And for the sake of inclusivity, I imagine Kellogg’s would affirm vegetables that identify as corn kernels – like squash or a head of lettuce.
“Kellogg is committed to diversity & inclusion. We did not intend to offend â€“ we apologize. The artwork is updated & will be in stores soon,” the company stated.
Folks, if that doesn’t frost your flakes, I don’t know what will. This country has gone plumb nuts.
The very fact that a major American company was forced to apologize for a racially insensitive corn kernel demonstrates just how perpetually offended and overly sensitive we’ve become.
I can only imagine what the Social Justice Breakfast Cereal Brigade will do when they discover Cocoa Puffs — or heaven forbid – Fruity Pebbles.
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) October 24, 2017