"Woke" M&M Ads Paused After Attack Led By Racist TV Anchor

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'Woke' M&M Ads Paused After Attack Led By Racist TV Anchor

The Mars marque astir precocious introduced Purple M&M.

M&M's announced Monday it is pausing a publicity run featuring its signature cartoon mascots, aft the alleged "spokescandies" became a people for a Fox News firebrand decrying them arsenic "woke."

M&M's, which day to 1941, had sought to pass a connection of diverseness successful its branding astir antithetic colours of the sugary-shelled chocolates.

The marque owned by Mars astir precocious introduced Purple, a colour often associated with the LGBTQ community, calling the summation a awesome of "acceptance and inclusivity" successful a September 2022 quality release.

The candy shaper followed up successful January with the motorboat of an M&M's bundle with lone the female-identified candies: Green, Brown and Purple, with funds going to all-female euphony and concern ventures.

But Tucker Carlson of Fox News panned the message, sneering "woke M&M's person returned" earlier this month.

Carlson, who has utilized his widely-watched programme to tout the racist "great replacement theory" and different extremist views, besides railed against M&M's successful January 2022 aft the marque replaced the Green character's shoes with sneakers, which helium deemed "less sexy."

"M&M's volition not beryllium satisfied until each past cartoon quality is profoundly unappealing and wholly androgynous," said Carlson.

The institution connected Monday made nary notation of Carlson successful announcing the selling pause, saying it did not deliberation the tweaks to the characters "would interruption the internet," M&Ms said connected Twitter.

"But we present get it -- adjacent a candy's shoes tin beryllium polarizing. Which was the past deliberation M&M's wanted since we're each astir bringing radical together," said the brand, adding it has enlisted comedian Maya Rudolph arsenic a spokesperson.

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