Donald Trump Jr. was in the eye of a social media storm yesterday after he tweeted out a controversial meme comparing refugees to poisoned skittles.
Later that day, Skittles responded — and people all across various social platforms are raving about its message.
The post in question, which was both mathematically inaccurate and wrong, drew outrage on Twitter. People replied to the meme by posting pictures of refugees with the caption "not a skittle."This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first. #trump2016 pic.twitter.com/9fHwog7ssN— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016
The company that owns Skittles, Wrigley America, later released the following statement to media organisations (including Mashable):
"Skittles are candy. Refugees are people.
We don't feel it is an appropriate analogy. We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing."Many on Twitter praised Skittles for the statement:
The Skittles statement earns one small bag purchased by me.— Humorless Fem (@ahumorlessfem) September 20, 2016
But not so small it fits in @realDonaldTrump's itty bitty hands.
Well done @Skittles for distancing themselves from latest Trump ill-informed & prejudicial statement https://t.co/9jOn8lF7q4— Tom Burke (@tomwburke) September 20, 2016
A pitch-perfect response from Wrigley America, makers of @skittles. https://t.co/TwCixkHBEX pic.twitter.com/S0uvUVGBZ6— LD Burnett (@LDBurnett) September 20, 2016
"Skittles are candy. Refugees are people." - Perfect response to ridiculous fear-mongering analogy. https://t.co/AOpAvcwyxo— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) September 20, 2016
when u get schooled by skittles https://t.co/wuIobP0Zr6— darth™ (@darth) September 20, 2016
I mean it's kind of sad that Skittles had to actually say "refugees are people"— Hussein Kesvani (@HKesvani) September 20, 2016
Things that need to be pointed out in 2016: "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people.”— AmanaFontanella-Khan (@AmanaFK) September 20, 2016