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.”
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:
While others noticed that it was sad that the company had to make the statement at all:
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