Kellogg's has issued an apology for a Corn Pops box that at least one person deemed racist. On Tuesday, novelist Saladin Ahmed called out Kellogg's on on Twitter, asking, "hey @KelloggsUS why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? this is teaching kids racism."
Ahmed's tweet also included pictures from the box. This box itself depicts some nightmarish Corn Pops mall where the little corn pop things can hang out in an arcade, or shop for at the Ninja Supply Company (?) or walk around on using spoons as stilts (??), seemingly unaware that they are soon to be eaten, their brief lives extinguished. It's a lot, take it all in.
Now, notice how, as Ahmed said, literally the only brown Corn Pop is the janitor. I'm not saying that janitor is a bad job, but that is truly a little weird. All the other corn pops are having fun while the one lone dark Corn Pop is cleaning up after them.
Why were they drawn that way? It's not a coincidence, so clearly someone made the choice to draw the guy washing the floor a different color. My initial thought was, "Maybe he's not a Corn Pop," but then what is he—a very small potato? He has to be a Corn Pop. But then I thought, "Oh! He's meant to be human, because his eyes are different from the other Corn Pops." And then immediately my theory was disproven when I noticed two actual humans drawn in the box near the Pop Shoppe. (Oh my God, Corn Pops have families?!) Conclusion: that little dude really is a Corn Pop of color! Seriously, Kellogg's, WTF?