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Less than a day after being accused of “teaching kids racism” on Twitter, Kellogg’s has apologized and started the process of altering the artwork on boxes of the company’s “Corn Pops” cereal.
What was so racist about the old box? According to novelist and comic book writer Saladin Ahmed, a cartoon corn pop operating a floor cleaning machine is darker than the other cartoon corn pops on the cover of the cereal box.
Ahmed’s observation prompted him to tweet the following protest.
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) October 24, 2017
The Twitter outrage from the artist did not exactly go viral…but the reaction to the response from Kellogg’s is triggering significant response online.
Kellogg is committed to diversity & inclusion. We did not intend to offend – we apologize. The artwork is updated & will be in stores soon.
— Kellogg's (@KelloggsUS) October 24, 2017
Kellogg’s is changing the artwork. Ahmed was pleased. A considerable number of Twitter users found the entire story silly, foolish or worth mocking.
@KelloggsUS it's a losing battle. Make all Pops same color and it's not diversity. Make dark Pop a light Pop you took away dark Pop's job.
— Beekeep (@b33k33p) October 25, 2017
What’s wrong? Is being a janitor a bad thing? Or is it that the dark pop is the only one wearing clothes and with a job? ☹️
— Laura MdH (@TribuD5) October 25, 2017
Maybe he owns the place and taking care of business, or maybe he OWNS a cleaning company.Why diminish entrepreneurship? #makingupissues
— Deplorable Jen (@JenFL912) October 25, 2017
What say you? Is the cartoon racist or not?
— Mike Opelka (@stuntbrain) October 26, 2017
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