Corn Pops Box Art Updated After Accusation Of Racism (Photos)

Corn Pops Box Art Updated After Accusation Of Racism (Photos) Promo Image

Kellogg's is changing the art on the back of their Corn Pops cereal boxes after one twitter user called them out, alleging the art was racist. 

The art in question features a horde of anthropomorphic corn pops running around a shopping mall, causing mayhem and enjoying themselves. 

One corn pop is snorkeling in a fountain, another is skateboarding down an escalator and a sepearte group of pops is creating a human pyramid complete with a juggler. 

One Twitter user noticed that in the heart of the mayhem, there was a janitor scrubbing the floor. While all the other pops on the box were yellow, the janitor pop was brown. 

"Hey @KelloggsUS why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? This is teaching kids racism," tweeted Saladin Ahmed. 

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"Yes it's a tiny thing, but when you see your kid staring at this over breakfast and realize millions of other kids are doing the same..." Ahmed added in a follow up tweet. 

Ahmed is the current writer of Marvel Comics' "Black Bolt" series and has more than 70,000 followers on Twitter. 

About five hours after Ahmed made his original post, Kellogg's responded on Twitter. 

"Kellogg is committed to diversity & inclusion. We did not intend to offend - we apologize. The artwork is updated & will be in stores soon," the company posted from its official Twitter account. 

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"Genuinely appreciate the rapid response," Ahmed replied.

Kellogg's spokesman Kris Charles told USA Today that the company respects all people. 

"We take feedback very seriously, and it was never our intention to offend anyone," he said in a statement. "We apologize sincerely."

While the interaction between Ahmed and Kellogg's was polite, debates raged in the comments of Ahmed's post. 

"We are living in a time where people are accusing cereal of being racist," one commenter wrote, according to The Washington Post.

"My son woke up in the middle of the night, and asked me 'will the corn pops be ok?' I didn't have an answer," wrote another. 

The day after his original post, Ahmed tweeted that he was avoiding reading comments on his post because they "are particularly full of upset racist dips**ts right now."

Two days later, Ahmed was still getting flooded with comments and claimed that people offended by his post were trying to hack his Twitter account. 

"FWIW bigots with hurt feelings are trying to hack my twitter so if I suddenly start tweeting in an uncharacteristic manner that's what's up," he tweeted.

Sources: Saladin Ahmed/Twitter, USA Today, The Washington Post / Featured Images: Amin/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Saladin Ahmed/Twitter (2)

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