Ex-member of U.K. Parliament attacks Kellogg’s cereal box “racism”

Monday, former U.K. member of Parliament Fiona Onasanya Fiona Onasanya tweeted:

@KelloggsUK, as you are yet to reply to my email – 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?

Well, given John Harvey Kellogg co-founded the Race Betterment Foundation (the Foundation’s main purpose was to study the cause of and cure for “race degeneracy”), it would be remiss of me not to ask….

Some who replied ridiculed her tweet.

Mark Dice replied “Have you noticed that chocolate milk costs more than white milk? Racism is everywhere!”

Another replied “You are such an amazing idiot.”

Per WashingtonExaminer, Kellogg’s responded in a statement, arguing that it supports the black community.

“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,” the company said, adding that the Coco Pops monkey is also the same character representing the white chocolate cereal. “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 accusation against Kellogg’s comes as racial tensions across the globe were heightened following the death of George Floyd, a black man killed while in police custody on May 25.

Since Floyd’s death, household brands such as Aunt Jemima syrup and Uncle Ben’s rice have been forced to reexamine their packaging amid accusations of racism.