The American brand of breakfast cereals manufactured by General Mills is bringing back the controversial interracial family that cast a Caucasian mother, a black father and a biracial child for the 30-second spot that will air on Sunday.
“Like millions of Americans, we just fell in love with this family,” Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios at General Mills told The New York Times. “The big game provided another opportunity to tell another story about family love.”
The commercial follows the same dynamic as the previous one did and finds a the family enjoying breakfast together. This time, the father is letting Gracie in on a family secret while he pours her a big bowl of Cheerios.
The brand's first ad featuring a mixed family premiered in May 2013 and received quite the racist backlash with comments including references to "troglodytes," Nazis and "racial genocide."
Gibson explained that the company never intended to be provocative with their ad, but that rather wanted to showcase that “there are many kinds of families,” and "we celebrate them all.”
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