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.
@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?
— Fiona Onasanya (@Fiona_Onasanya) June 15, 2020
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.
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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.
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:
Frosties – tiger
Cornflakes – chicken
Sugar Puffs – honey monster
Coco Pops – monkey
Froot Loops – toucan
Nesquik – rabbit
Kids seem to like animal characters on cereal packets for some reason. Can’t imagine why. Maybe we should make them all people instead? 🤔
— Chris Moore (@christhemusic) June 15, 2020
Here’s the thing Fiona – as a black female MP you were ideally situated to work within the system to make a difference on issues that really count. Like housing and education. But instead you shamed yourself as a convicted criminal. Suggest you take several seats #shameful
— CityFittie🤸🏼♀️ (@pt_sam) June 15, 2020
It's a cartoon monkey! There are many problems out there in the battle for equality, this is not one of them
— Hamster McKenzie 🐹 (@HamsterMckenzie) June 16, 2020
What is wrong with a monkey? My 4 year old daughter loves monkeys. Can we not have monkeys on cereal boxes?
— Nikki Stix💥 (@NikkiStix55) June 15, 2020
White Coco Pops, still a monkey, oh dear, outrage on hold. pic.twitter.com/XzYpDHbZCu
— Blue Army Faction* (@BlueArmyFaction) June 15, 2020
I’m not sure replying to a convict is high on Kellogg’s list of things to do.
— William Holmes (@WilliamMBHolmes) June 15, 2020
They are not 3 white boys. They are Elves.
Elves lifes matter 🧝♂️
— finny (@finnyofthenorth) June 15, 2020
Have you noticed that chocolate milk costs more than white milk? Racism is everywhere!
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 15, 2020
You are such an amazing idiot. pic.twitter.com/VJPWV8trdJ
— Ministry of Truth (@BanTheBBC) June 15, 2020
The question is, Fiona, have any of the Rice Krispies boys ever lied to the police about a speeding conviction?
— vlads_test_bot.py (@vlads_test_bot) June 15, 2020