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Kellogg's accused of racism after janitor cleaning the floor was the ONLY dark skinned cereal box Corn Pop character

Mirror logo Mirror 26/10/2017
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Kellogg’s has been accused of racism as a dad complained that the only dark skinned Corn Pop character on a cereal box was a janitor cleaning the floor.

The cereal giant said it would redo the art on Corn Pops cereal boxes after the customer complained on Twitter about the racially insensitive imagery.

The controversial cereal boxes show cartoon Corn Pops playing at a mall.

The characters shop, skateboard, play arcade games and take selfies in the seemingly light-hearted shopping center scene.

But US science fiction and fantasy writer Saladin Ahmed was eating breakfast with his son when he noticed the lone brown corn pop character, the New York Daily News reports. 

It was featured in the scene as a janitor waxing the mall’s floors.

a bowl of fruit: Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty “hey @KelloggsUS why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? this is teaching kids racism,” he asked Kellogg’s on Twitter.

He followed up the tweet with another that read, “yes its a tiny thing, but when you see your kid staring at this over breakfast and realize millions of other kids are doing the same...”

Kellogg's responded the same day, letting Ahmed know that the art had been redesigned, and would begin appearing on shelves soon.

“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 said on Twitter.

Ahmed was satisfied with the company’s reply.

“genuinely appreciate the rapid response,” he wrote back.

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