Trust me, that’s appropriate for this post. So is this:
What’s the connection? Well, as part of the effort to declare virtually all Western culture racist to justify tearing it down, Black Lives Matter activist Fiona Onasanya, a former member of the UK parliament, argues that Rice Krispies are racist because the three elves who are the spokeselves for the Kelloggues cereal are all white. Moreover, she argues, “Coco Pops and Rice Krispies have the same compòsition (except for the fact CP’s 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?”
And you thought banning “Eskimo Pie” was loony.
Her first contention is mind-meltingly stupid, but also ominous. I have no doubt that the extreme and essentially racist logic of the George Floyd Freakout will eventually reach this point if it hasn’t already. Any group, even as small as three (or two?) that doesn’t include a black member, or at least, in this case, an “elf of color,” is prescriptively based on discrimination and thus racist. We are seeing evidence of this trend taking root in such weird developments as “Jake from State Farm” suddenly changing color. Soon the Three Stooges will have to be colorized to show a black Stooge, and it will have to be Moe, since he’s in charge. It can’t be Larry, who’s submissive, or Curly, who’s an idiot. No, it has to be Moe, and the sight of him abusing the white Stooges will suddenly make the old comedy shorts popular again.
I’m kidding, but just barely.
Her second contention—-cereal racism—is not just strained to the point of madness..
Sorry! It just popped out!
Where was I? Oh–Her second contention—-cereal racism—is not just strained (Did anyone ever think of Rice Krispies as having two races?) it’s also factually wrong, meaning she shot off her mouth without knowing what she was talking about or checking the facts. (Imagine a Black Lives Matter activists not checking facts!)
Here is the current box of Cocoa Krispies:
and the 1985 version:
Through the years all sorts of characters and animals have briefly appeared on the box, like Snagglepuss
…a cave man…
… an elephant…
…and, yes, a few monkeys…
also a chimp…
Well, I guess that settles it then. Racist!
What are the odds that Kellogg’s, being another spineless American corporation that will abandon all principle to pander to the mob, especially this one, will apologize and do something ridiculous to try to address this “grievance”?