Kellogg’s said it has redesigned the artwork on its Corn Pops box, with the new packaging to be in stores soon, after a Twitter user posted artwork from the current box and suggested it is racist.
You can see the tweet below, posted by Saladin Ahmed, who wrote: “hey @KelloggsUS why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? this is teaching kids racism.”
Fortune reports: “The art in question showed a shopping mall filled with colorful cartoon characters shaped like corn kernels ‘ninjas.’ The activity was simple: Find the characters who are juggling, snorkeling, sunbathing, taking a selfie, skipping rope and stilt walking. Instead, novelist and Marvel comic writer Saladin Ahmed found the only brown-skinned character in the scene.”
The cereal company was quick to respond to Ahmed’s tweet, answering with a tweet of its own reading: “Kellogg is committed to diversity & inclusion. We did not intend to offend — we apologize. The artwork is updated & will be in stores soon.”
Here’s Ahmed’s tweet showing the allegedly racist packaging …