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May 30, 2011

Now Chocolate Is Racist

Posted by Dave Blount at May 30, 2011 2:39 PM

Anyone who thought that electing someone president mainly on the basis of being part black would end the constant caterwauling from perpetually aggrieved persons of politically correct lineage was sorely mistaken. Even a zillionaire socialist supermodel like Naomi Campbell can still fall prey to racist chocolate:

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Campbell revealed she is considering "every option available" after Cadbury, owned by the US giant Kraft, refused to pull the ad campaign, which ran in newspapers last week: "I am shocked. It's upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people. I do not find any humour in this. It is insulting and hurtful."
The model's mother, Valerie Morris, backed her daughter, saying: "I'm deeply upset by this racist advert. Do these people think they can insult black people and we just take it? This is the 21st century, not the 1950s. Shame on Cadbury."
Disgust at the ad prompted members of the public to complain to the campaign group Operation Black Vote (OBV), which has called for Cadbury to apologise. OBV's Simon Woolley said that without an apology, the "only recourse black people have is not to buy its chocolate". He has written to the American civil rights activists Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to ask them to mobilise the country's Afro-American population. "I want them to know what their parent company is doing in Europe. I've asked them to support us."

The completely innocuous ad apparently didn't even run in this country. Nor is it still running:

A spokesperson for Cadbury insisted that the campaign was "a light-hearted take on the social pretensions of Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss". He added later, however, that the campaign was "no longer in circulation… we have no plans to repeat the campaign."

Cadbury can thank Ms. Campbell for confirming that she really is a prima donna. We can thank Cadbury for not issuing the standard obsequious apology.

If we keep moving, they'll keep pushing. There is literally nothing too absurd for grievance mongers to refrain from being offended over as a means of bullying the rest of us.

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Enough already.

On a tip from Steve T.