The German candy giant known as Haribo is under fire for releasing black liquorice candy called, “Skipper Mix” that has offended their customers. The candy is meant to represent a captain’s trip around the world, but many Swedish customers didn’t see it that way. They saw the faces in the likeness of African, Asian or Native American art and thought that these images were racist.
“I understand the criticism and think it’s important to listen to the customers,” the director of Haribo in Sweden, Ola Dagliden, told the Nyheter24 news site. ”It wasn’t something we saw as having negative connotations,” he said. After receiving an abundance of complaints about the cultural candy, Dagliden decided to pull the candy out of production.
I’m not so sure that this is racism. In fact, Africans, Asians and Native Americans rarely get to see themselves represented in everything from candy to the mainstream media. It’s actually flattering that the candy company would make a cultural candy so bold. And because it’s reminiscent of art, I think it should be seen as such–an appreciation and expression of culture. I agree with Dagliden; I would have never guessed a candy so forward would receive such backlash. These images are no more racist to me than the mascot for the Redskins or the stereotypically offensive images of Sambo.
Check out the “Skipper Mix” below and tell me, do you think this is racist?
The Most Racist Moments Of 2013
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1. The Most Racist Moments Of The Year
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2. White Man Slaps Baby & Tells Mom To ‘Shut That N*gger Baby Up’
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3. Dear, Lisa Lampanelli: You Will Never Be A N*gga, So Stop Saying It
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4. LL Cool J ‘Accidental Racist’ Lyrics: ‘In Its Proper Context, It Makes Sense”
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5. Twitter Reactions To Jamie Foxx’s Trayvon Martin T-Shirt Prove Racists Love Still The Internet
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6. 11-Year-Old Mexican-American Singer Taunted By Racist Tweets After Singing National Anthem
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7. Wait, What?! Paula Deen Wants Slaves Serving At Her Dinner Party + 3 Of Her Most Racist Quotes
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8. Lies Racists Tell: Paula Deen’s Sons Claim She’s No Racist & Even Taught Them Black History
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9. Stacey Dash Defends Paula Deen + 5 Other Non-Black Celebs Who’ve Used The N-Word
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10. WTF?! Rush Limbaugh Decides That He Can Now Say, ‘N*gga’ [VIDEO]
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11. Justin Bieber Drops ‘N-Word’ On New Track?
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12. Salon Writer Calls Eric Holder President Obama’s “Inner Ni***r!” Did He Go Too Far?
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13. New Cheerios Commercial Starring An Interracial Couple Causes Big Stir
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14. Italy’s First Black Minister Attacked & Called A ‘Symbol Of A Hypocritical, Do-Gooding’
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15. First Indian Miss America Receives Support After Racist Backlash
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16. WTF?! 21-Year-Old White Girl Boasts Racist African Bday Party On Facebook [PHOTOS]
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17. Don Lemon, Your Mother’s Advice To You As A Child Will Not Save The World From Racism [VIDEO]
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18. Sorry Not Sorry: Barneys Offers Their ‘Deepest Apologies’ By Hiring A Civil Rights Expert
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19. Kanye West Gives Middle Finger To Black Community: Wears Confederate Flag To Barneys
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20. GOP Thanks Rosa Parks For Ending Racism & ‘Black Twitter’s’ Responds With Jokes
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21. New Miss France Celebrates Her Mixed-Race Heritage In The Midst Of Racist Backlash
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