Kellogg’s Is Redesigning Corn Pops Boxes So They're Not Racist

Kellogg’s Is Redesigning Corn Pops Boxes So They're Not Racist
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Kellogg Co. is reworking the artwork on Corn Pops cereal boxes following an allegation of racism.

Marvel Comics writer Saladin Ahmed used Twitter on Tuesday to accuse the cereal company of “teaching kids racism” with an illustration on Corn Pops packaging.

The picture in question shows multiple yellow Corn Pops characters having fun at a shopping mall. The only darker-colored character appears working, as a janitor.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

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

He followed up with this tweet:

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

Kellogg’s responded to Ahmed’s complaint about five hours later, with this apology:

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

“Kellogg is committed to diversity and inclusion,” the company wrote. “We did not intend to offend — we apologize.”

It added the artwork had now been updated and would be in stores “soon.”

Ahmed said he “genuinely appreciated” the company’s swift response.

Love HuffPost? Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

Many people cheered the development:

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

Not everyone thought the illustration was racist, however. Ahmed revealed he’d received abusive tweets from “upset racist dipshits” after his post went viral.

The history of the cereal box illustration was unclear. The cereal company didn’t immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for further comment.

Ahmed, meanwhile, has chalked up getting a multinational food company to take action as a “tiny” victory.

Today I used the computer in my pocket to get a cereal company to make their boxes less racist,” he posted.

Related Coverage

Reformed 'Terrible Racist' Apologizes To Black Church With Big Donation

Brazilian Tennis Player Pulls Racist Eye Gesture At Line Judge In Japan

Britain's National Health Service Expertly Shut Down A Racist Twitter Troll

Also on HuffPost

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting