Greg Wehner, Fox News, August 14, 2023
Skittles candy, which has the slogan, “Taste the rainbow,” is the latest company to take heat from consumers because of new packaging that has the phrase, “Black Trans Lives Matter.”
Some consumers are now calling to boycott the candy company for its “woke” approach to support the LGBTQ community.
When visiting Skittles.com, the top of the page has a clickable option titled, “SKITTLES Pride,” and when clicked, the animation says, “There’s a story in every rainbow.”
“We’ve given up our rainbow so that the LGBTQ+ community can share theirs,” the company says. “This Pride Month, we’re amplifying stories within the LGBTQ+ community for all to discover. We begin by showcasing the designs of five talented artists on our SKITTLES Pride Packs, each with their own story to tell.”
The company swapped the rainbow-colored packaging for LGBTQ-friendly designs created in collaboration with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
One of the new package designs has the sun and the moon walking on a rainbow while holding hands, and another has the word “PRIDE” in multiple colors, a mouth with the rainbow pouring out of it, and the words, “bi, ace, lesbian, queer, trans and gay.”
But the packaging raising the biggest concern has a few kids on skateboards riding on a halfpipe with the phrases “skate & live,” “joy is resistance,” and “black trans lives matter” written on it.
“@Skittles is trying to turn your kids into BLM & LGBTQ+ activists,” one online user wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Libs of TikTok. “Their packaging also features a drag queen.”