Coco Pops racism row: Former British MP says breakfast cereal is racist
How can the Coco Pops monkey be racist? Only if one believes that monkeys represent black people, which many Lefties seem to believe. So clearly lefties are the racists and they are projecting their racism onto the rest of us.
I am pretty sure that the motivation for the monkey was deliberate. Advertisers like to populate their time on the screen with "aspirational" images. Images of a black person would be hopeless for that. With very rare exceptions, nobody wants to be black or sees blackness as desirable. The monkey was an image that was at least was pleasant
Cereal giant Kellogg’s has been accused of racism by a former MP in Britain who has questioned why its popular breakfast treat Coco Pops is promoted with a monkey, while its white coloured stablemate Rice Krispies has three fair-skinned characters splashed on its box.
The former Labour politician Fiona Onasanya, who was jailed last year after she lied to police about a speeding ticket, wrote to the Kellogg’s demanding answers and shared her claims on social media.
She says there is no difference between the two cereal products other than flavour and colour.
“As you are yet to reply to my email,” the disgraced former MP wrote in a tweet directed at the brand.
“Coco Pops and Rice Krispies have the same composition (except for the fact CPs are brown and chocolate flavoured).
“So I was wondering why Rice Krispies have three white boys representing the brand and Coco Pops have a monkey?”
In response to the claims Kellogg’s said it stands in support of the black community and conceded it was important discussions are raised to improve racial equality.
“The monkey mascot that appears on both white and milk chocolate Coco Pops, was created in the 1980s to highlight the playful personality of the brand,” the company said, according to Daily Mail UK.
“As part of our ambition to bring fun to the breakfast table, we have a range of characters that we show on our cereal boxes, including tigers, giraffes, crocodiles, elves and a narwhal.
“We do not tolerate discrimination and believe that people of all races, genders, backgrounds, sexual orientation, religions, capabilities and beliefs should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.”
A number of responses to the tweet addressed the accusation.
“The monkey is called Coco,” one said. “Remove the monkey and they are just called pops.”
And another: “The cacao tree from which cocoa beans and hence cocoa powder is derived is native to the Amazon Basin where there are monkeys.”
The claims come on the back of a global uprising which has reignited the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.
A number of products have been embroiled in similar claims this week, including Coon Cheese and Margaret River’s Colonial Brewing.