U.K. supermarket Waitrose has issued an apology after selling chocolate ducklings that many people said promoted racism.
What are the details?
According to a Tuesday report by CNN International, the item in question featured three chocolate ducklings in milk, white, and dark chocolate varieties. The three ducklings were named, respectively, "Crispy," "Fluffy," and "Ugly."
One social media user pointed out the store's apparent gaffe, and wrote, "Crispy, Fluffy and Ugly — trio of Easter ducklings at #waitrose. Ugly is the dark one on the right. Overheard women saying 'this is not right', I agree, doesn't look good at all. Thousands of other options... why #ugly?????"
Another user wrote, "Yeh, definitely a balance to be found with identity politics and colour blindness. Chocolate ducks seem silly but for me I feel showing 3 shades of light to dark where the dark is labeled "ugly" is a problem, no matter the object. I guess I just wanted people to understand why."
Crispy, Fluffy and Ugly - trio of Easter ducklings at #waitrose . Ugly is the dark one on the right. Overheard wom… https://t.co/upVf2LdH69— livia a. aliberti (@livia a. aliberti) 1551975709.0
@previe @MsWannaBean @waitrose Yeh, definitely a balance to be found with identity politics and colour blindness. C… https://t.co/ioaQFo12yg— Elle Exxe (@Elle Exxe) 1554824380.0
A spokesperson for the store told CNN International that they did not mean to cause offense in selling the Easter-themed item.
The statement read, "We are very sorry for any upset caused by the name of this product, it was absolutely not our intention to cause any offence. We removed the product from sale several weeks ago while we changed the labeling and our ducklings are now back on sale."
On Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported that the store did restock the items both online and in stores after changing the packaging and marketing. The new product simply reads "Waitrose Trio of Easter ducklings," with no mention of "Fluffy," "Crispy," or "Ugly."
Though many people decried the advertising as racist, there were just as many people on social media — particularly Twitter — who insisted that the grocery chain did nothing more than cave to bullying, politically correct culture.