When I was a kid, the back of cereal boxes alleviated breakfast boredom with mazes, word jumbles, and stats on popular sports figures. These days, Kellogg’s is encouraging children to while away the pre-school-bus hours on a different sort of activity — selecting their preferred pronouns.
The company started promoting its new limited edition LGBTQ “Pride” cereal, which features brightly-colored, berry-flavored hearts dusted with edible glitter (ideal for attracting little appetites), back in April. The company’s press release and the attendant laudatory news stories all highlighted the front of the eye-catching purple box that sports the tagline (“Kellogg’s x GLAAD: Together with Pride”) along with jolly-looking cartoon spokesmen Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam, the Honey Smacks Frog, and Rice Krispies’ trio, Snap, Crackle, and Pop. But none of that coverage explicitly mentioned the side of the box that takes the agenda even further.
Political commentator and podcast host Dave Rubin drew attention to that element Monday afternoon by posting a photo of a side panel on Twitter. The panel sports a list of pronouns, including “they/them.” After the list, it invites kids to “add your own” on two additional lines.
Friend sent this to me. I had know idea that Tony the Tiger and the Toucan Sam were dating… pic.twitter.com/FMNS8FBoui
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) May 24, 2021
Kellogg’s push to market transgender pronouns to kids follows on the heels of other companies releasing LGBTQ-themed children’s products in time for June, when gay activists celebrate Pride month. Last week, Lego unveiled a rainbow-hued building set, saying the colors are meant to symbolize the rainbow LGBTQ flag (though, of course, for Christians and Jews, the rainbow has for millennia symbolized God’s promise to never again flood the world). The set’s name — “Everyone is Awesome” — is a play on the theme song from the animated “Lego” movie that was a massive hit with young audiences.
Much like Pride-themed toys, Melissa, a homemaker and mom of two, ages nine and three, believes everything about Kellogg’s new cereal is designed to target minors. Upon seeing Rubin’s post, she tweeted, “They want our kids. Over this momma’s dead body. By God’s grace, my children will fear the Lord & walk in His ways, & I am devoting my life to that effort.”
Expanding on that sentiment, she later told the Daily Wire, “As a parent, it is incredibly disturbing to see companies and products that we used to be able to rely on for providing simple childhood joys, like cereal or cookies, now employing their cartoon mascots to target the hearts and minds of our children with an agenda that runs contrary to our family’s values.”
So the next time parents are at the grocery store, they might want to double check the labels on those brightly-colored, cartoon-character-marketed boxes of cereal … and not just for the sugar content.
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