Are Rice Krispies Racist? Politician Asks Why Brand Is Represented By ‘Three White Boys’ (Snap, Crackle And Pop)

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Protests across the United States have sparked similar movements in countries in Europe who are all standing in solidarity with black lives unjustly taken through interactions with law enforcement.

These protests have forced Western Civilization to reevaluate its social norms and to look inwardly for reforms in its culture. Everything, from laws to cereal brands, is now being inspected for potentially marginalizing people groups.

This list now includes Kelloggs’ Rice Krispies as British parliament member Fiona Onasanya asked why Rice Krispies were represented by “three white boys” (the elves Snap Crackle, and Pop) while Coco Pops were represented by a monkey.

“…as you are yet to reply to my email — Coco Pops and Rice Krispies have the same composition (except for the fact CP’s are brown and chocolate flavored)… so I was wondering why Rice Krispies have three white boys representing the brand and Coco Pops have a monkey?” she asked in a tweet, tagging the wrong Twitter handle for the Kelloggs company.

Breitbart reports Coco the Monkey was used on and off again but was ultimately discontinued in the United States in 2001.

Snap, Crackle, and Pop—whose names are onomatopoeic for the sound the cereal makes when milk is added—now represents both cereal brands.

According to Breitbart, Onasanya has a past checkered with controversy:

In December 2018, Ms Onasanya was expelled from the Labour Party after being convicted of perverting the course of justice. The solicitor was found to have lied about a speeding offence.

She became the first MP to be recalled by voters under the constituency petition system, with 27.6 per cent of her constituency petitioning for her removal, well over the ten per cent required to be ousted. Onasanya was also struck off as a solicitor over the lie.

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At the time, she compared her fall from grace to Biblical figures such as Joseph, Moses, Daniel, and even to the persecution of Jesus Christ.

“Christ… was accused and convicted by the courts of his day and yet this was not his end but rather the beginning of the next chapter in his story,” she wrote in leaked WhatsApp messages.

Here’s how some people responded to the alleged racial controversy: