Introduction – April 9, 2019
Are chocolate ducks really “racist” because the darker duck is labelled “ugly” after a fairytale character? Was the writer of the fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen who wrote a tale about three ducks really a “racist”?
Or are allegations of “racism” being used to induce a sense of guilt in society at large, which can then be manipulated for ulterior purpose?
We’ve seen a similar process with repeated accusations of “anti-Semitism”. This has enabled Zionists to gain considerable political leverage and in the process helped divert attention from Israeli crimes in Palestine. Is a similar process in operation here?
Waitrose pulls chocolate ducklings from sale after complaints of racism
Katie Morley – Telegraph.co.uk April 9, 2019
Waitrose has apologised over “racist” Easter ducks after customers complained that the dark brown one was labelled as “ugly”.
An £8 trio of white, milk and dark chocolate Easter ducklings caused offence among a “small number” of customers for being labelled as “fluffy”, “crispy” and “ugly”.
The complaints centered around the the dark brown one being described as the “ugly” one, with some implying it was racist.
Following the feedback, the supermarket temporarily withdrew the ducklings from sale while it redesigned the packaging to remove the labels. The redesigned packs are now back on sale in stores and online.
The names are likely to have been inspired by the song “the ugly duckling”, from the literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen, later adapted by Disney.
The song is about a small, brown ugly duckling who is mocked and excluded by the other ducklings. Later he discovers he is not a duck when he sheds his brown feathers and grows into a beautiful white swan.
The lyrics go: “There once was an ugly duckling, with feathers all stubby and brown, and the other birds said in so many words, get out of town.”
A Waitrose spokesman said: “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 labelling and our ducklings are now back on sale.”