A British supermarket chain has issued a public apology and repackaged one of its Easter products because a single person complained about the product’s alleged anti-black racism.
A single white liberal person, to be exact …
According to liberal Twitter user Livia A. Aliberti, who appears to be white, the grocery chain Waitrose’s recently unveiled “Waitrose Trio of Chocolate Easter Ducklings” was racist because, while the white chocolate duckling was named “Fluffy” and the milk chocolate duckling was named “Crispy,” the dark chocolate duckling was named “Ugly.” Oh, heavens to Betsy, no!
“Crispy, Fluffy and Ugly – trio of Easter ducklings at #waitrose . Ugly is the dark one on the right. Overheard women saying ‘this is not right’, I agree, doesn’t look good at all. Thousands of other options… why #ugly?????” the aggrieved woman tweeted on Sunday.
Crispy, Fluffy and Ugly – trio of Easter ducklings at #waitrose . Ugly is the dark one on the right. Overheard women saying “this is not right” , I agree, doesn’t look good at all. Thousands of other options… why #ugly????? pic.twitter.com/bw5iFCcPuz
— livia a. aliberti (@livia_aliberti) March 7, 2019
In response, Waitrose took immediate action, because God forbid one snowflake be offended.
“We are very sorry for any upset caused by the name of this product, it was absolutely not our intention to cause any offense,” the chain reportedly said in a statement to CNN. “We removed the product from sale several weeks ago while we changed the labeling and our ducklings are now back on sale.”
Phew! Crisis averted.
While it’s unclear why Waitrose had named the dark chocolate duckling “ugly” — it’s also unclear why in the world anybody would even care about the name of a chocolate — it’s believed the name was in reference to the ugly duckling in Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, “The Ugly Duckling.”
It’s unclear whether Anderson’s tale is also racist. If nothing else, the 176-year-old story is most certainly a clear-cut example of anti-uglyite bigotry. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!
Regardless, despite being a snowflake, Aliberti was mature enough to accept the chain’s apology.
“Thank you #waitrose for changing the packaging . Ref to the 50s tale was a tad outdated. Thank you to those who contributed w comments: change happens when something is brought out into the open and discussed,” she tweeted Tuesday.
Thank you #waitrose for changing the packaging . Ref to the 50s tale was a tad outdated. Thank you to those who contributed w comments : change happens when something is brought out into the open and discussed.
— livia a. aliberti (@livia_aliberti) April 9, 2019
How nice ….
Simple story with a “happy” ending, right? Not so fast.
Aliberti has and continues to face a barrage of criticism over her snowflakeism.
You are the real racist, equating chocolate to skin colour! The irony in this is it’s about the story of the ugly duckling which is a story of not judging one by their appearance, but you can’t help yourself can you? ?
— Ben Rees (@BenRees21) April 9, 2019
tad outdated according to…? you? get over yourself. it’s a fairy tale with a positive message. it’s very well-known around the world. stop trying to throw away culture and art because of your own insecurities.
— spcsdwkb (@beaverdaycare) April 9, 2019
Congrats on a colossal waste of time and money on a made-up non-issue. 2 solid color ducks, 1 with pink paint splatter all over, used as a reference to a famous fairy tale about the ugly duckling. But you look past the paint splatter and focus on its color…who’s the racist?
— BlakeK (@Blake_C137) April 10, 2019
This toxic trend of creating racism and making companies apologize is rediculous and out of control. Every other day some self righteous tweet gets way to much praise and makes an innocent person or brand appear racist.
— Josh Klinedinst (@KlinedinstJosh) April 10, 2019
I don’t know who I am more annoyed with. This complete fool – who I suspect gets offended on behalf of humanity on a daily basis – or Waitrose for not standing up and saying ‘NO, this is not racist’.
— DT (@DT22676424) April 9, 2019
When you wear your heart on your sleeve everything is racist or sexist! Chocolate is brown and is taste good so thanks for ruining it for everyone. I still don’t understand when white person thinks they know anything about what is racist! Definitely not chocolate!
— Tony M (@doctorbigtex) April 9, 2019
Lol too bad change was something this stupid. I also guess it serves to show people don’t read and are becoming so thin skinned everything upsets them. Whos never heard of the ugly duckling?
— ≡Fiyero≡ (@MyCatRugby) April 10, 2019
The Twitter user “MyCatRugby” nailed it about people “becoming so thin-skinned everything upsets them.” It’s for this very reason that Canadian author and educator Irshad Manji believes that schools need to start teaching children “how not to be offended.”
“I’m here to propose that while more and more schools are teaching young people how not to be offensive, they also need to be teaching a new generation how not to be offended. … Teaching young people how not to be offended is to equip them to embrace people as complex individuals and not just as mascots of this or that tribe,” she said in a recent video for Time Magazine.
Hopefully, such lessons will also prevent them from growing up to be whiny adults who cry racism at every opportunity.
It’d also admittedly help if companies like Waitrose, among many others, would stop kowtowing to the demands of social media mobs. But instead the reverse appears to be happening, and companies are now bowing to the demands of a single person. *facepalm*
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