Video: Interracial Family in New Cheerios Ad Gets Hate Comments

Here is the Cheerios ad featuring a mixed-race family that a bunch of idiots freaked out about causing the comments section to be disabled on the video


abcnews.com
A new Cheerios commercial that included an interracial family drew so many racially motivated hate comments on YouTube that the video-sharing website shut down the commercial’s comment section.

The ad, which debuted Tuesday, shows a biracial child asking her white mother whether Cheerios are good for the heart, and then cuts to a shot of the child’s black father waking up from a nap with Cheerios spread all over his chest. But the lighthearted spot touting Cheerios’ potential health benefits was eclipsed by thousands of comments left on its YouTube page this week. The comments section has now been disabled, but AdWeek reported that some of the comments made reference to Nazis, “troglodytes” and “racial genocide.”

General Mills, the company that makes Cheerios, said the ad had been well-received, despite the YouTube comments. “Consumers have responded positively to our new Cheerios ad. At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all,” Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios, said in a statement.

The video has received more than 1/4 million views and comments are now closed. This story and video are pretty much everywhere now, so this number will go a lot higher.