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I wish to thank Mars --- the corporation, not the planet --- for instantly curing me of my addiction to Peanut M&M’s.

A little background: I try to avoid sugar as much as possible, just because I think it’s healthier to be on a low-carb diet. But one exception I’ve made was Peanut M&M’s. I rationalized that since the candy was just on the outside of each piece, surrounding a peanut, the protein sort of “canceled out” the sugar. And, to some extent, I was correct.

But lately at our house, we’ve been buying not just the little single-serving packages but the big bags, and my nightly ritual was to pour a pretty fair amount into a dish and polish them off after dinner, typically while watching Tucker Carlson. (Tucker can thank me for the plug later.) I even had a little ritual surrounding which colors would be eaten first, leaving one each of green, orange and blue before they were all gone. I am not kidding. And I thought I could stop any time, though I hadn’t yet tested that theory.

But a few days ago, a story came out about the little animated M&M’s mascots getting an “image makeover” for 2022. And my love affair with Peanut M&M’s was suddenly and absolutely over.

https://nypost.com/2022/01/20/mms-g-a-new-look-thats-representative-of-todays-society/

I don’t care if they want to change the look of their characters. But this is yet another example of tedious virtue signaling about “inclusiveness” brought about by the current climate of corporate fear, and I have had enough of it. Mars Inc. had already bowed to pressure and changed the name of its beloved Uncle Ben’s brand rice. The real Uncle Ben was not a slave or a servant –- from the best I can gather, he was a real rice farmer in the Houston area known for his superior product. The model for the picture is Frank Brown, head waiter at a high-end Chicago restaurant when he posed in 1947. But now, in Orwellian fashion, Mr. Brown’s image has been erased, a casualty of wokeness.

But back to M&M’s. From Mars Inc.’s own press release: “M&M’s, a proud part of Mars Incorporated, launches a global platform to increase a sense of belonging for ten million people by 2025, helping to connect and celebrate one another.” Good grief.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/iconic-mms-brand-announces-global-commitment-to-creating-a-world-where-everyone-feels-they-belong-301464475.html

Their release announces “a global commitment to creating a world where everyone feels they belong, and society is inclusive.” Skipping down a bit: “Studies show our desire to belong is as strong as our desire to be loved, and that desire is common for all people irrespective of culture, race, ethnicity, geography or location.” Skipping down a bit more, we see that there will even be more emphasis on the ampersand in M AND M’s, “to demonstrate how the brand aims to bring people together.”

Silly me, I thought we came together because of our mutual love of the candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hand. This is too...heavy-handed.

They say they’ve even updated their “tone of voice” to be “more inclusive, welcoming and unifying, while remaining rooted to our signature jester wit and humor.” I apologize for not having picked up on M&M’s “signature jester wit” in the past. But do you know what destroys wit and humor with a sledgehammer? Fear of not being woke enough.

The Global Marketing Vice President refers to these as their new “evolved” characters, introduced as part of their effort “to create a world where society is inclusive.” Other aspects of their “global [there’s that word again] commitment” are “gender balanced leadership teams, running an independent annual diversity audit of its advertising by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media [I am not making this up], and its role as Vice Chair of the Unstereotype Alliance, part of UN Women, amongst others.”

“The world we want tomorrow starts with the way we do business today,” they say, and I agree with that statement. But this way of doing business is just pandering. It’s yet another case of a corporation drinking the Kool-Aid of wokeness, using the required buzzwords and professing the required intentions. It’s already become a cliché. But as fun as it would be to write a parody of this type of press release, why should I when it already reads like a parody of itself?

When you get down to the actual changes being made to these colorful candy characters, they mostly involve superficial characteristics such as footwear. (Come to think of it, that’s just about all they have to work with, style-wise, as M&M’s are otherwise sans clothing. But the brown one does wear glasses, I assume to make nearsighted people like me feel included!) The green M&M used to wear high-heeled boots, which have been exchanged for sneakers. The brown M&M also wore high heels, but they are lower heels now. Well, it’s about time those poor M&M’s got to be more comfortable! Perhaps their focus groups included an oversampling of podiatrists.

The red, yellow and orange M&M’s all sport shoelaces, with the laces left untied on the orange M&M, to make him/it more casual and “street.” I would have loved to be in on the creative session when they decided which color of candy would get which footwear: “Hey, we can’t put the untied shoelaces on the brown one!”)

Sorry to be flip, but you KNOW they talked about it.

Oh, and they’re doing away with prefixes that might identify gender. They want to “focus on their personalities, rather than their gender.” Maybe that’s why high heels were done away with. But what if a male M&M identified as female, and wanted high heels? Somebody has to think about these things!

As reported in the New York Post, “The characters are changing up their looks for ‘a fresh, modern take’ on their style and ‘more nuanced personalities to underscore the importance of self-expression and power of community through storytelling’...adding that today’s ‘more dynamic, progressive world’ would be reflected in the changes.”

They now have “personalities and backstories...representative of today’s society.” Backstories, really? They’re M&M’s.

As the Gov. said when we brought you this story last week, M&M’s were already teaching the lesson that whatever colors we are on the outside, we’re the same on the inside. I’ve always thought that was a great message, but right now, it’s not the precise message that everyone in business must –- repeat, MUST –- convey. So apparently Mars is the latest corporation to be assimilated, like pods in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” They’ve all been frightened by the “progressive” (radical) left into parroting the same mandatory messages in the mandatory vocabulary. They think they have to do this to bring their product up to date, but to me it already seems old, lame, dated –- so 2021.

And, you know what? I’ve completely lost my taste for M&M’s. So, thank you, Mars Incorporated, for that.

Laura Ainsworth is a staff-writer at MikeHuckabee.com. You can read more of her work here.

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  • Rick Fasnacht

    01/02/2023 02:06 PM

    Just added Mar's to Disney and Coke, tired of the Wokeness, I'm going out of the way to stay away from these company's and will follow with my grandchildren, to bad I used to go to Disney at least 2x a year.

  • Pat Rigsby

    01/02/2023 01:50 PM

    What a great read!! Thanks for your sensibility for bringing this to the forefront in a clever entertaining way! This is really SO ridiculous to even think about -- but, here it is. Like, WHO would even care about making candy colors & clothing inclusive for everyone??? *NOTE: candy doesn't wear clothes!! So, go ahead....if you want to eat it, eat it. I'm pretty certain no one would be offended if you just left the 'brightly colored candies' as they were. As it is -- is there ANYONE that now feels included?? Really?

  • Stephen Campisi

    01/02/2023 01:06 PM

    Wonderful piece on the shallow, duplicitous and despicable move by Mars to adulterate their M&M candy with the delusional and destructive influence of wokeness. You're quite a good writer, drawing your readers in with your engagingly-personal introduction, and then keeping their attention with a combination of logic, clarity and wit. That's no easy feat, but you not accomplished this masterfully.

  • Linda McKee

    01/02/2023 01:03 PM

    God, I am so happy that I'm 78 so I don't have to listen to this pathetic snot much longer. All those Wokers are idiots.

  • Captain Nathan

    01/02/2023 11:58 AM

    Love this! When are corporations going to realize that pandering to the few only alienates the many! I only care that the companies that make products I want or need just provide the damn products I want or need! I don’t want political lectures from them.

    We began boycotting companies when Nike started woke-arama tactics. We don’t need their sneakers and we certainly don’t need M & M’s, or any other of the products they make. All their products now only taste bitter and stale.

    Hey all you manufacturers out there who think you have an obligation to spend million$ on social lectures, just stop. We’re sick & tired of the divisions you create. Concentrate on making high quality products, stop pandering to people with 12-year-old minds and shut the heck up.

    Oh, and I have a novel idea: how about you all put those huge sums of woke money directly into programs in communities that desperately need them to feed, cloth, and educate so then can make something of themselves and have hope. You can even throw in a few bags of peanut M & M’s.

  • Lynn Lamar

    01/02/2023 10:33 AM

    Geez...thanks Laura; I think. (No, I know I know...) Thank you Laura for ending MY addiction as well!! Finally a reason to stop shoving these little goobers down my pie hole!!! You ROCK!!!!! Happy New Year to my dear old Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima as well...sad.

  • Marilyn Turner

    01/02/2023 10:19 AM

    I wonder what Greta Whatzername would say about this.

  • BILL Fletcher

    01/02/2023 10:19 AM

    Where/when does the madness end!

  • Joe Thompson

    01/02/2023 10:07 AM

    I love chocolate, especially in the winter for some odd reason. I preferred M&M peanuts. Upon discovering M&M's penchant for going "woke", I have discovered that I no longer care for any product manufactured by this company and have educated my large family of their "wokeness" and leave it up to them if they purchase your product or not.

  • James Brookins

    01/02/2023 09:03 AM

    Mars INC stock should drop in value for this absurdity similar to Coke Cola when the original recipe was changed.
    Jesus loves the little children all the children of the world, red and yellow black and white, they are precious in his sight...Jesus Loves the children of the world.
    But the modern concept that finished on the song, "everything is beautiful, in it's own way". Is misleading, because God cannot be where sin abides. Any unifing wrong actions (sin) as being acceptable is not beautiful in its own way. Darkness will never win the power of Light. Truth always wins. No more Mars for me, too

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I wish to thank Mars --- the corporation, not the planet --- for instantly curing me of my addiction to Peanut M&M’s.

A little background: I try to avoid sugar as much as possible, just because I think it’s healthier to be on a low-carb diet. But one exception I’ve made was Peanut M&M’s. I rationalized that since the candy was just on the outside of each piece, surrounding a peanut, the protein sort of “canceled out” the sugar. And, to some extent, I was correct.

But lately at our house, we’ve been buying not just the little single-serving packages but the big bags, and my nightly ritual was to pour a pretty fair amount into a dish and polish them off after dinner, typically while watching Tucker Carlson. (Tucker can thank me for the plug later.) I even had a little ritual surrounding which colors would be eaten first, leaving one each of green, orange and blue before they were all gone. I am not kidding. And I thought I could stop any time, though I hadn’t yet tested that theory.

But a few days ago, a story came out about the little animated M&M’s mascots getting an “image makeover” for 2022. And my love affair with Peanut M&M’s was suddenly and absolutely over.

https://nypost.com/2022/01/20/mms-g-a-new-look-thats-representative-of-todays-society/

I don’t care if they want to change the look of their characters. But this is yet another example of tedious virtue signaling about “inclusiveness” brought about by the current climate of corporate fear, and I have had enough of it. Mars Inc. had already bowed to pressure and changed the name of its beloved Uncle Ben’s brand rice. The real Uncle Ben was not a slave or a servant –- from the best I can gather, he was a real rice farmer in the Houston area known for his superior product. The model for the picture is Frank Brown, head waiter at a high-end Chicago restaurant when he posed in 1947. But now, in Orwellian fashion, Mr. Brown’s image has been erased, a casualty of wokeness.

But back to M&M’s. From Mars Inc.’s own press release: “M&M’s, a proud part of Mars Incorporated, launches a global platform to increase a sense of belonging for ten million people by 2025, helping to connect and celebrate one another.” Good grief.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/iconic-mms-brand-announces-global-commitment-to-creating-a-world-where-everyone-feels-they-belong-301464475.html

Their release announces “a global commitment to creating a world where everyone feels they belong, and society is inclusive.” Skipping down a bit: “Studies show our desire to belong is as strong as our desire to be loved, and that desire is common for all people irrespective of culture, race, ethnicity, geography or location.” Skipping down a bit more, we see that there will even be more emphasis on the ampersand in M AND M’s, “to demonstrate how the brand aims to bring people together.”

Silly me, I thought we came together because of our mutual love of the candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hand. This is too...heavy-handed.

They say they’ve even updated their “tone of voice” to be “more inclusive, welcoming and unifying, while remaining rooted to our signature jester wit and humor.” I apologize for not having picked up on M&M’s “signature jester wit” in the past. But do you know what destroys wit and humor with a sledgehammer? Fear of not being woke enough.

The Global Marketing Vice President refers to these as their new “evolved” characters, introduced as part of their effort “to create a world where society is inclusive.” Other aspects of their “global [there’s that word again] commitment” are “gender balanced leadership teams, running an independent annual diversity audit of its advertising by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media [I am not making this up], and its role as Vice Chair of the Unstereotype Alliance, part of UN Women, amongst others.”

“The world we want tomorrow starts with the way we do business today,” they say, and I agree with that statement. But this way of doing business is just pandering. It’s yet another case of a corporation drinking the Kool-Aid of wokeness, using the required buzzwords and professing the required intentions. It’s already become a cliché. But as fun as it would be to write a parody of this type of press release, why should I when it already reads like a parody of itself?

When you get down to the actual changes being made to these colorful candy characters, they mostly involve superficial characteristics such as footwear. (Come to think of it, that’s just about all they have to work with, style-wise, as M&M’s are otherwise sans clothing. But the brown one does wear glasses, I assume to make nearsighted people like me feel included!) The green M&M used to wear high-heeled boots, which have been exchanged for sneakers. The brown M&M also wore high heels, but they are lower heels now. Well, it’s about time those poor M&M’s got to be more comfortable! Perhaps their focus groups included an oversampling of podiatrists.

The red, yellow and orange M&M’s all sport shoelaces, with the laces left untied on the orange M&M, to make him/it more casual and “street.” I would have loved to be in on the creative session when they decided which color of candy would get which footwear: “Hey, we can’t put the untied shoelaces on the brown one!”)

Sorry to be flip, but you KNOW they talked about it.

Oh, and they’re doing away with prefixes that might identify gender. They want to “focus on their personalities, rather than their gender.” Maybe that’s why high heels were done away with. But what if a male M&M identified as female, and wanted high heels? Somebody has to think about these things!

As reported in the New York Post, “The characters are changing up their looks for ‘a fresh, modern take’ on their style and ‘more nuanced personalities to underscore the importance of self-expression and power of community through storytelling’...adding that today’s ‘more dynamic, progressive world’ would be reflected in the changes.”

They now have “personalities and backstories...representative of today’s society.” Backstories, really? They’re M&M’s.

As the Gov. said when we brought you this story last week, M&M’s were already teaching the lesson that whatever colors we are on the outside, we’re the same on the inside. I’ve always thought that was a great message, but right now, it’s not the precise message that everyone in business must –- repeat, MUST –- convey. So apparently Mars is the latest corporation to be assimilated, like pods in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” They’ve all been frightened by the “progressive” (radical) left into parroting the same mandatory messages in the mandatory vocabulary. They think they have to do this to bring their product up to date, but to me it already seems old, lame, dated –- so 2021.

And, you know what? I’ve completely lost my taste for M&M’s. So, thank you, Mars Incorporated, for that.

Laura Ainsworth is a staff-writer at MikeHuckabee.com. You can read more of her work here.

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Comments 11-20 of 129

  • Rick Fasnacht

    01/02/2023 02:06 PM

    Just added Mar's to Disney and Coke, tired of the Wokeness, I'm going out of the way to stay away from these company's and will follow with my grandchildren, to bad I used to go to Disney at least 2x a year.

  • Pat Rigsby

    01/02/2023 01:50 PM

    What a great read!! Thanks for your sensibility for bringing this to the forefront in a clever entertaining way! This is really SO ridiculous to even think about -- but, here it is. Like, WHO would even care about making candy colors & clothing inclusive for everyone??? *NOTE: candy doesn't wear clothes!! So, go ahead....if you want to eat it, eat it. I'm pretty certain no one would be offended if you just left the 'brightly colored candies' as they were. As it is -- is there ANYONE that now feels included?? Really?

  • Stephen Campisi

    01/02/2023 01:06 PM

    Wonderful piece on the shallow, duplicitous and despicable move by Mars to adulterate their M&M candy with the delusional and destructive influence of wokeness. You're quite a good writer, drawing your readers in with your engagingly-personal introduction, and then keeping their attention with a combination of logic, clarity and wit. That's no easy feat, but you not accomplished this masterfully.

  • Linda McKee

    01/02/2023 01:03 PM

    God, I am so happy that I'm 78 so I don't have to listen to this pathetic snot much longer. All those Wokers are idiots.

  • Captain Nathan

    01/02/2023 11:58 AM

    Love this! When are corporations going to realize that pandering to the few only alienates the many! I only care that the companies that make products I want or need just provide the damn products I want or need! I don’t want political lectures from them.

    We began boycotting companies when Nike started woke-arama tactics. We don’t need their sneakers and we certainly don’t need M & M’s, or any other of the products they make. All their products now only taste bitter and stale.

    Hey all you manufacturers out there who think you have an obligation to spend million$ on social lectures, just stop. We’re sick & tired of the divisions you create. Concentrate on making high quality products, stop pandering to people with 12-year-old minds and shut the heck up.

    Oh, and I have a novel idea: how about you all put those huge sums of woke money directly into programs in communities that desperately need them to feed, cloth, and educate so then can make something of themselves and have hope. You can even throw in a few bags of peanut M & M’s.

  • Lynn Lamar

    01/02/2023 10:33 AM

    Geez...thanks Laura; I think. (No, I know I know...) Thank you Laura for ending MY addiction as well!! Finally a reason to stop shoving these little goobers down my pie hole!!! You ROCK!!!!! Happy New Year to my dear old Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima as well...sad.

  • Marilyn Turner

    01/02/2023 10:19 AM

    I wonder what Greta Whatzername would say about this.

  • BILL Fletcher

    01/02/2023 10:19 AM

    Where/when does the madness end!

  • Joe Thompson

    01/02/2023 10:07 AM

    I love chocolate, especially in the winter for some odd reason. I preferred M&M peanuts. Upon discovering M&M's penchant for going "woke", I have discovered that I no longer care for any product manufactured by this company and have educated my large family of their "wokeness" and leave it up to them if they purchase your product or not.

  • James Brookins

    01/02/2023 09:03 AM

    Mars INC stock should drop in value for this absurdity similar to Coke Cola when the original recipe was changed.
    Jesus loves the little children all the children of the world, red and yellow black and white, they are precious in his sight...Jesus Loves the children of the world.
    But the modern concept that finished on the song, "everything is beautiful, in it's own way". Is misleading, because God cannot be where sin abides. Any unifing wrong actions (sin) as being acceptable is not beautiful in its own way. Darkness will never win the power of Light. Truth always wins. No more Mars for me, too

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    I wish to thank Mars --- the corporation, not the planet --- for instantly curing me of my addiction to Peanut M&M’s.

    A little background: I try to avoid sugar as much as possible, just because I think it’s healthier to be on a low-carb diet. But one exception I’ve made was Peanut M&M’s. I rationalized that since the candy was just on the outside of each piece, surrounding a peanut, the protein sort of “canceled out” the sugar. And, to some extent, I was correct.

    But lately at our house, we’ve been buying not just the little single-serving packages but the big bags, and my nightly ritual was to pour a pretty fair amount into a dish and polish them off after dinner, typically while watching Tucker Carlson. (Tucker can thank me for the plug later.) I even had a little ritual surrounding which colors would be eaten first, leaving one each of green, orange and blue before they were all gone. I am not kidding. And I thought I could stop any time, though I hadn’t yet tested that theory.

    But a few days ago, a story came out about the little animated M&M’s mascots getting an “image makeover” for 2022. And my love affair with Peanut M&M’s was suddenly and absolutely over.

    https://nypost.com/2022/01/20/mms-g-a-new-look-thats-representative-of-todays-society/

    I don’t care if they want to change the look of their characters. But this is yet another example of tedious virtue signaling about “inclusiveness” brought about by the current climate of corporate fear, and I have had enough of it. Mars Inc. had already bowed to pressure and changed the name of its beloved Uncle Ben’s brand rice. The real Uncle Ben was not a slave or a servant –- from the best I can gather, he was a real rice farmer in the Houston area known for his superior product. The model for the picture is Frank Brown, head waiter at a high-end Chicago restaurant when he posed in 1947. But now, in Orwellian fashion, Mr. Brown’s image has been erased, a casualty of wokeness.

    But back to M&M’s. From Mars Inc.’s own press release: “M&M’s, a proud part of Mars Incorporated, launches a global platform to increase a sense of belonging for ten million people by 2025, helping to connect and celebrate one another.” Good grief.

    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/iconic-mms-brand-announces-global-commitment-to-creating-a-world-where-everyone-feels-they-belong-301464475.html

    Their release announces “a global commitment to creating a world where everyone feels they belong, and society is inclusive.” Skipping down a bit: “Studies show our desire to belong is as strong as our desire to be loved, and that desire is common for all people irrespective of culture, race, ethnicity, geography or location.” Skipping down a bit more, we see that there will even be more emphasis on the ampersand in M AND M’s, “to demonstrate how the brand aims to bring people together.”

    Silly me, I thought we came together because of our mutual love of the candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hand. This is too...heavy-handed.

    They say they’ve even updated their “tone of voice” to be “more inclusive, welcoming and unifying, while remaining rooted to our signature jester wit and humor.” I apologize for not having picked up on M&M’s “signature jester wit” in the past. But do you know what destroys wit and humor with a sledgehammer? Fear of not being woke enough.

    The Global Marketing Vice President refers to these as their new “evolved” characters, introduced as part of their effort “to create a world where society is inclusive.” Other aspects of their “global [there’s that word again] commitment” are “gender balanced leadership teams, running an independent annual diversity audit of its advertising by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media [I am not making this up], and its role as Vice Chair of the Unstereotype Alliance, part of UN Women, amongst others.”

    “The world we want tomorrow starts with the way we do business today,” they say, and I agree with that statement. But this way of doing business is just pandering. It’s yet another case of a corporation drinking the Kool-Aid of wokeness, using the required buzzwords and professing the required intentions. It’s already become a cliché. But as fun as it would be to write a parody of this type of press release, why should I when it already reads like a parody of itself?

    When you get down to the actual changes being made to these colorful candy characters, they mostly involve superficial characteristics such as footwear. (Come to think of it, that’s just about all they have to work with, style-wise, as M&M’s are otherwise sans clothing. But the brown one does wear glasses, I assume to make nearsighted people like me feel included!) The green M&M used to wear high-heeled boots, which have been exchanged for sneakers. The brown M&M also wore high heels, but they are lower heels now. Well, it’s about time those poor M&M’s got to be more comfortable! Perhaps their focus groups included an oversampling of podiatrists.

    The red, yellow and orange M&M’s all sport shoelaces, with the laces left untied on the orange M&M, to make him/it more casual and “street.” I would have loved to be in on the creative session when they decided which color of candy would get which footwear: “Hey, we can’t put the untied shoelaces on the brown one!”)

    Sorry to be flip, but you KNOW they talked about it.

    Oh, and they’re doing away with prefixes that might identify gender. They want to “focus on their personalities, rather than their gender.” Maybe that’s why high heels were done away with. But what if a male M&M identified as female, and wanted high heels? Somebody has to think about these things!

    As reported in the New York Post, “The characters are changing up their looks for ‘a fresh, modern take’ on their style and ‘more nuanced personalities to underscore the importance of self-expression and power of community through storytelling’...adding that today’s ‘more dynamic, progressive world’ would be reflected in the changes.”

    They now have “personalities and backstories...representative of today’s society.” Backstories, really? They’re M&M’s.

    As the Gov. said when we brought you this story last week, M&M’s were already teaching the lesson that whatever colors we are on the outside, we’re the same on the inside. I’ve always thought that was a great message, but right now, it’s not the precise message that everyone in business must –- repeat, MUST –- convey. So apparently Mars is the latest corporation to be assimilated, like pods in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” They’ve all been frightened by the “progressive” (radical) left into parroting the same mandatory messages in the mandatory vocabulary. They think they have to do this to bring their product up to date, but to me it already seems old, lame, dated –- so 2021.

    And, you know what? I’ve completely lost my taste for M&M’s. So, thank you, Mars Incorporated, for that.

    Laura Ainsworth is a staff-writer at MikeHuckabee.com. You can read more of her work here.

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    Comments 11-20 of 129

    • Rick Fasnacht

      01/02/2023 02:06 PM

      Just added Mar's to Disney and Coke, tired of the Wokeness, I'm going out of the way to stay away from these company's and will follow with my grandchildren, to bad I used to go to Disney at least 2x a year.

    • Pat Rigsby

      01/02/2023 01:50 PM

      What a great read!! Thanks for your sensibility for bringing this to the forefront in a clever entertaining way! This is really SO ridiculous to even think about -- but, here it is. Like, WHO would even care about making candy colors & clothing inclusive for everyone??? *NOTE: candy doesn't wear clothes!! So, go ahead....if you want to eat it, eat it. I'm pretty certain no one would be offended if you just left the 'brightly colored candies' as they were. As it is -- is there ANYONE that now feels included?? Really?

    • Stephen Campisi

      01/02/2023 01:06 PM

      Wonderful piece on the shallow, duplicitous and despicable move by Mars to adulterate their M&M candy with the delusional and destructive influence of wokeness. You're quite a good writer, drawing your readers in with your engagingly-personal introduction, and then keeping their attention with a combination of logic, clarity and wit. That's no easy feat, but you not accomplished this masterfully.

    • Linda McKee

      01/02/2023 01:03 PM

      God, I am so happy that I'm 78 so I don't have to listen to this pathetic snot much longer. All those Wokers are idiots.

    • Captain Nathan

      01/02/2023 11:58 AM

      Love this! When are corporations going to realize that pandering to the few only alienates the many! I only care that the companies that make products I want or need just provide the damn products I want or need! I don’t want political lectures from them.

      We began boycotting companies when Nike started woke-arama tactics. We don’t need their sneakers and we certainly don’t need M & M’s, or any other of the products they make. All their products now only taste bitter and stale.

      Hey all you manufacturers out there who think you have an obligation to spend million$ on social lectures, just stop. We’re sick & tired of the divisions you create. Concentrate on making high quality products, stop pandering to people with 12-year-old minds and shut the heck up.

      Oh, and I have a novel idea: how about you all put those huge sums of woke money directly into programs in communities that desperately need them to feed, cloth, and educate so then can make something of themselves and have hope. You can even throw in a few bags of peanut M & M’s.

    • Lynn Lamar

      01/02/2023 10:33 AM

      Geez...thanks Laura; I think. (No, I know I know...) Thank you Laura for ending MY addiction as well!! Finally a reason to stop shoving these little goobers down my pie hole!!! You ROCK!!!!! Happy New Year to my dear old Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima as well...sad.

    • Marilyn Turner

      01/02/2023 10:19 AM

      I wonder what Greta Whatzername would say about this.

    • BILL Fletcher

      01/02/2023 10:19 AM

      Where/when does the madness end!

    • Joe Thompson

      01/02/2023 10:07 AM

      I love chocolate, especially in the winter for some odd reason. I preferred M&M peanuts. Upon discovering M&M's penchant for going "woke", I have discovered that I no longer care for any product manufactured by this company and have educated my large family of their "wokeness" and leave it up to them if they purchase your product or not.

    • James Brookins

      01/02/2023 09:03 AM

      Mars INC stock should drop in value for this absurdity similar to Coke Cola when the original recipe was changed.
      Jesus loves the little children all the children of the world, red and yellow black and white, they are precious in his sight...Jesus Loves the children of the world.
      But the modern concept that finished on the song, "everything is beautiful, in it's own way". Is misleading, because God cannot be where sin abides. Any unifing wrong actions (sin) as being acceptable is not beautiful in its own way. Darkness will never win the power of Light. Truth always wins. No more Mars for me, too