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M&M'S Changes Course With Campaign After Receiving Backlash

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M&M’s posted a message showing the company appears to be making a change to a campaign after sparking backlash.

“America, let’s talk. In the last year we’ve made some changes to our beloved spokescandies. We weren’t sure if anyone would even notice,” the company said in a statement.

It continued, “And we definitely didn’t think it would break the internet. But now we get it – even a candy’s shoes can be polarizing. Which was the last thing M&M’s wanted since we’re all about bringing people together.”

The move to sideline the spokescandies came after  an all-new purple cast member was introduced. This was done to create a “fresh, modern take” on the classic commercial characters that started with Red (Plain) and Yellow (Peanut).

Purple, which joined Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Brown, was “designed to represent acceptance and inclusivity,” according to USA Today.

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The candy company shared they have “decided to take an indefinite pause from the spokescandies. In their place, we are proud to introduce a spokesperson America can agree on: the beloved Maya Rudolph.”

Concluding the message, the company said, “We are confident Ms. Rudolph will champion the power of fun to create a world where everyone feels they belong.”

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Twitter was flooded with reactions to the message.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) replied, “Go woke, go broke.”

Director Robby Starbuck tweeted, “Lemme translate the corporate PR speak: They tried to go woke and it cut into their profits but instead of just going back to what worked and flat out admitting it was a fail, they fired the candies from their ads and hired a democrat comedian who raised millions for Kamala.”

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One tweet suggested the statement is “the very long way of saying ‘our profits went down in the last quarter because we embraced the poisonous ideology of wokeness.'”

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Earlier this month, the candy company made waves after it announced it would be “celebrating women across the country who are flipping the status quo!”

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson took issue with the announcement saying on his show, “Woke M&M’s have returned.”

He added, “The green M&M got her boots back, but apparently is now a lesbian, maybe? And there’s also a plus-sized, obese purple M&M, so we’re gonna cover that, of course.”

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