Former Labour Party MP Fiona Onasanya has called out the use of a monkey in advertising popular cereal brand, Coco Pops.
Onasanya took to Twitter on Monday evening to discuss the difference between how Coco Pops and Rice Krispies are advertised – the brown-coloured cereal with a monkey and the white coloured cereal with “three white boys”.
Onasanya also pointed out John Harvey Kellogg’s history in co-founding the Race Betterment Foundation – an organisation concerned about “race degeneracy” and the promotion of eugenics.
It’s true that Kellogg devoted the last 30 years of his life to the cause of eugenics – where an entirely discredited belief in white superiority in genetics was a commonly understood central tenet.
It was largely debunked as a "science" through its association with Nazism.
Some people agreed with the former MP’s views:
While others distanced themselves from the argument:
And even called it "ridiculous":
People also pointed out the use of the monkey on white Coco Pops boxes, as well as the use of the three boys on Coco Krispies:
Kelloggs is yet to publicly comment on Onasanya’s tweets.