America's Current Controversy: Saladin Ahmed's pop of a Darker Color
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Today I finished the hub/narrative below.
Professional note: as you will soon see, there are brand name(s) such as Kellogg's; Kellogg's Corn Pops; Corn Flakes; Twitter; Facebook, Marvel Comics and Saladin Admed. I, in no way, am endorsing any of these companies, products, or people for you to support, purchase products, or think that you have to buy any of their goods. And yes, my friends, I guzzled down the black coffee as I worked on this offering.
Personal Note: my whole intention of this hub was to bring to light a very unnecessary question tweeted by Saladin Admed concerning the color of one of the corn pops that appeared a lot browner in color than the rest of the corn pops on the cereal box that Ahmed viewed.
Thursday, Oct. 26, was a really boring morning. So boring, I cannot begin to put it into mere words. So not to look apathetic and let fly a few choice complaints about why this day of all days was so boring, two things happened: In the sky above my house, I witnessed my very first pig with white wings flying as pretty as you please. It flew by, grinned, and flew away. And just before I began to jot down this once-in-a-blue-moon event, a second event, just as miraculous and stunning happened: Hell, someone yelled, has just frozen over! I knew that this was true for thick columns of multi-colored smoke was coming from out of the very earth under my feet. Of all the days to be without a pocket-size notebook and a pen.
And if I chose to use these phrases to describe the flying pig and Hell freezing over, I would write: The most amazing things I ever witnessed. My life was suddenly changed. And where can I buy a pig that flies? If you find one, I want one and retire to a secluded island in the area of Key West and relax my life away.
But I am right. The latest Social Insanity of Late is: Kellogg's Cereals is having to re-design their Corn Pops box. You read it right. A cereal box. Not a nasty lawsuit filed by an inside whistle-blower, but from someone who does not even work for Kellogg's (allegedly). And the man I am talking about, (a) Saladin Ahmed, a Marvel Comics writer, "Black Bolt," series, probably doen't even eat Corn Pops. Now you can fall on your hardwood floor laughing hysterically like a pack of Hyenas running in some far-away country. Probably in our own nation.. Hyenna's are not stupid. They know how to travel smartly.
The center of the latest needless "controversy" is all due to Ahmed's Twitter question: "why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor?"
Neither you or I cannot read Saladin Ahmed's mind. We are not famous magician, Blackstone. Ahmed just might have been gesting. Maybe not. But he used Twitter on Tuesday to express dismay that the only brown-colored corn pop was a janitor and said the illustration was teaching racism.
Is Kellogg's really and secretly teaching racism? Seriously? Or in the case of The JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories, maybe another big and stupendous cover-up that has been covered-up since our children started watching cartoons on our television sets on Saturday mornings. It's possible. This day and time, anything and everything is possible in America. We need to keep this in mind when we read a news article such has caused such a quiet uproar by the upper management of Kellogg's and decided to go on with a newly-designed Corn Pops box. But also keep in mind when you join ranks with those who were angered by Mr. Saladin Admed's "janitor" comment, Kellogg's went the honorable way and said their Corn Pops box would be completely designed.
But how? This brings up a lot of needless and very silly questions: Will Kellogg's use only ONE color of a corn pop on its box? Okay. That way, Ahmed or someone else who has found that Kellogg's, although a huge corporation, does have a chink in its armour, will in all probability, use Twitter of Facebook to claim discrimination for NOT having more than one color of corn pop in the box.
Other needless questions: Is Ahmed an Personnel Evaluator? His position is writer for Marvel Comics. A writer--one who is talented enough to bring joy even in the midst of a stupid controversy that should have never caused this much dust being kicked up. How would Ahmed, you or I, know, just by looking on the Kellogg's Corn Pops box that the pop in question is a janitor, and what of it?
Do janitors of all races not work in various places, and most make a hefty paycheck. Why does Ahmed feel that a corn pop that is "a lot browner," he said, qualify for Kellogg's teaching racism? I can tell you, Mr. Ahmed, I for one, admire Kellogg's for they are showing a corn pop doing work. Uh, oh! Another silly question: are the other happy corn pops on the cereal box all receiving some form of government entitlement? Tell me, Mr. Ahmed.
Since these questions, that I am asking, are possibly silly, they are on the block and might be asked. One such as: Since Saladin Admed asked Kellogg's about a certain corn pop being a much brower color and working as a janitor, what about the tried and true Kellogg's red rooster that has graced its box of Corn Flakes for eons? Was Kellogg's sending subleminal messages about brain-washing our youth to convert to Communism with that raging red color on the rooster's head?
Was the Kellogg's C.E.O. and those in similar management positions simply afraid of a good knock-down, drag-out rumble starring in this corner, Saladin Admed, with a record of one knock-out (Kelloggs), no ties. And the challengers, Rev(s). Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, who are both experienced with such needless public rumbles. If this "fight" did take place, Kellogg's would not lose. But rather take the Wiser Road, again, and just quietly go about the business of designing a new, non-discriminate corn pop box.
One more thing, Mr. Ahmed, you asked about the corn pop working as a janitor, take a good look at the Corn Pops box--he is manning (or popping, as it were) a set of hand-trucks. I used a set of these tools when I worked for our weekly newspaper in Hamilton, Ala., I wasn't being identified as a janitor at the newspaper, so why did you label this one corn pop as a janitor?
And if you aren't satisfied with the new Corn Pops design, are you going to gripe about "that" design? Well, that is your right. But just remember. Count Chocola is a major cereal celebrity who appears on another Kellogg's-produced cereal and do you now want Chocola to be given a lighter color? That might get ugly if you are given your head--not that you are a race horse, but that term is a race horse term that explains when the jockey completely turns loose of the reins and lets the horse go at full-speed.
My next-to-the-last question: Are you, Mr. Ahmed, going to ask Kellogg's if the company is going to have their Art/Graphic Dept., have individual corn pops to represent every known nationality in the free world on their new Corn Pops box? You know. The Latino; Chinese; Japanese; Egyptian; Jewish; German; Swedish and on and on and on. My thinking is this: if Kellogg's wants to cover all of their bases, they should go with this idea. That way, those individuals like yourself, cannot get on Twitter or other social media and ask Kellogg's more asine questions.
Probably the silliest question, and the question that should win me with some prestigious award, that may be asked (in the near future): was this entire debacle of a person on Twitter simply asking a simple question that was a good (not great) publicity stunt to cause Corn Pops to now fly off of the grocery shelves for now the boxes will all be collector's items then sold for big bucks on EBay.
It's possible. Very possible. Dear God, I hope not.
© 2017 Kenneth Avery