Disgraced former MP criticises Kellogg’s for using monkey on its Coco Pops cereal boxes

Coco the Monkey on a cereal box from Kellogg's Coco Pops. (Kellogg's)
An embarrassed former MP criticized Kellogg's for using a monkey for his branding for Coco Pops and claims that he is racist.
Fiona Onasanya, who was sentenced to three months in prison last year, attacked the grain on Twitter.
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She claimed to have written to Kellogg about the problem, but said she was still waiting for an answer.
She compared Coco Pops to another grain, Rice Krispies, and asked why one had Coco the Monkey on its crates while the other had Snap, Crackle, and Pop.
She tweeted on Monday: "Coco Pops and Rice Krispies have the same composition (except for the fact that CPs are brown and chocolate flavored) ... so I wondered why Rice Krispies have three white boys who represent the brand , and Coco Pops have a monkey? "
Former Labor MP Fiona Onasanya has claimed that Coco Pops' branding is racist. (PA)
Onasanya, a former Labor MP, was found guilty of falsifying the legal process in December 2019 after lying to the police about a speeding ticket.
She was sentenced to three months in prison in January 2019.
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In a follow-up tweet, she pointed out that Corn Flakes inventor John Harvey Kellogg, who was for racial segregation, founded the Race Betterment Foundation, an American eugenics foundation.
He was the brother of Kellogg's founder Will Keith Kellogg.
Coco is also used for branding White Chocolate Coco Pops. (Kellogg's)
She wrote: "Now that John Harvey Kellogg co-founded the Race Betterment Foundation (the main purpose of the foundation was to investigate the cause and cure of" racial degeneration "), it would be a thorn in my side not to ask."
The term "Coco Pops" was announced on Tuesday morning due to her tweets on Twitter.
Fiona Onasanya
@Fiona_Onasanya
@KelloggsUK, since you haven't replied to my email yet - Coco Pops and Rice Krispies have the same composition (except for the fact that CPs are brown and chocolate flavored) ... so I was wondering why Rice Krispies have three white boys who have the brand and coco pops have a monkey?
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But many Twitter users mocked the former MP for Peterborough for her comments.
Some pointed out that Coco the Monkey is also used for boxes of white chocolate coco pops.
Others tweeted that Snap, Crackle and Pop are not boys, as Onasanya said, but elves.
She was accused of being “offended by everything” by other Twitter users.
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A spokeswoman for Kellogg said: "It is important that we all talk more about how we can build racial equality.
Fiona Onasanya
@Fiona_Onasanya
June 15, 2020
@KelloggsUK since you haven't replied to my email yet - Coco Pops and Rice Krispies have the same composition (except for the fact that CPs are brown and chocolate flavored) ... so I was wondering why Rice Krispies have three white boys who have the brand and coco pops have a monkey?
finny
@finnyofthenorth
You are not 3 white boys. You are elves.
Elven lives are important
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Fiona Onasanya
@Fiona_Onasanya
June 15, 2020
@KelloggsUK, since you haven't replied to my email yet - Coco Pops and Rice Krispies have the same composition (except for the fact that CPs are brown and chocolate flavored) ... so I was wondering why Rice Krispies have three white boys who have the brand and coco pops have a monkey?
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@abxlabs
The monkey makes standard coco pops and white chocolate.
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“Kellogg supports the black community. We do not tolerate discrimination and believe that people of all races, genders, backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, skills and beliefs should be treated with the greatest dignity and respect.
“The monkey mascot, which appears on both white and milk chocolate Coco Pops, was created in the 1980s to highlight the brand's playful personality.
"As part of our quest to have fun at the breakfast table, we have a number of characters that we show on our cereal boxes, including tigers, giraffes, crocodiles, elves and a narwhal."
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