Oh, boy! It looks like the candy world is turning into a confetti of controversy. Skittles, that tasty rainbow treat, has landed itself in hot water with conservative activists over its new packaging. You know, the one that screams “woke” louder than a rooster on a caffeine high.
So, what’s got these activists all riled up? Well, it seems Skittles decided to ditch their famous rainbow for a brand-spanking-new design by LGBTQ+ artists. They even teamed up with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Hoo boy, that’s a mouthful. And now, we’ve got kids skateboarding down ramps, not just with their multicultural buddies, but with “Black Trans Lives Matter” slogans in tow. Talk about a flavor explosion!
.@Skittles is trying to turn your kids into BLM & LGBTQ+ activists. Their packaging also features a drag queen.
Skittles have gone completely woke. pic.twitter.com/jjlkc7uOaL
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) August 11, 2023
Naturally, the conservative social media warriors over at LibsofTikTok were the first to sound the alarm. And oh boy, were their followers quick to join the chorus. They want Skittles to get the “Bud Light treatment.” Now, hold on to your seat, because if you don’t remember, Bud Light faced quite the political storm recently. It all started when they partnered with a transgender influencer, Dylan Mulvaney. And let’s just say, conservatives weren’t happy. They called for boycotts, celebrities got involved, layoffs happened, and sales took a nosedive. Ouch!
But Skittles isn’t the only one getting a piece of the conservative boycott pie. Target, Kohl’s, Chik-fil-A, and even Ben & Jerry’s have faced their fair share of criticism for their LGBTQ gear targeted at kids during Pride Month. And in a twist of events only Hollywood could dream up, the L.A. Dodgers found themselves in the middle of a drag queen protest after revealing plans to host a group of nuns on their LGBTQ fans night. Talk about needing an extra-large bag of Skittles to sweeten the political sourness!
Folks, it seems like every corner of our daily lives is being politicized these days. From candy to clothes to chicken sandwiches, nothing is safe from the reach of political polarization. And while it may seem like just packaging to some, to others, it’s a battleground for values and beliefs.
So, the question remains, will Skittles “taste the rainbow” of success or face the wrath of conservative consumers? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure, the candy aisle just got a whole lot spicier.