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Kinder Issues Apology After ‘Racist’ Kinder Egg Surprise Sparks Outrage

Kinder Eggs have a long and tumultuous history in the United States. For years, they were banned in this country due to the choking hazard presented by the whimsical toys inside the chocolate treat. When Kinder finally modified their product to comply with U.S. regulations, the famous snacks finally reappeared on U.S. shelves, only to spark a whole new controversy:

According to Yahoo! News Australia, many people are finding a toy inside their kinder egg which depicts an anthropomorphized egg character holding three balloons which, together, read “KKK.”

Obviously, the three Ks were meant to stand for “Kinder,” and in most countries that’s the only major association that comes to mind. In the United States, however, people immediately made the connection between the letters “KKK” and bigotry and hate crimes perpetrated by the Ku Klux Klan.

While this association may fly over the heads of many young children, seeing the cartoonish egg-man proudly displaying the letters KKK left many parents feeling uncomfortable.

A spokesperson for Kinder told Yahoo! that the triple-K was unintentional. Originally, the toy was only meant to be holding a single K, and at the last minute, two more balloons were added to give the toy a more “robust” feel.

She commented:

“We sincerely apologize for any offense caused due to the inference of how the three Ks read together on this toy. We had absolutely no intention to make associations with the Ku Klux Klan and we truly apologize to our consumers for any unintentional offense caused. We do not support this organization in any way.”

Twitter users couldn’t believe Kinder failed to catch such an embarrassing error:

Some people, however, believe any outrage over the toy is an overreaction.

Meanwhile, Twitter obviously had more than a few jokes to make on the subject…

Kinder plans to destroy the remaining stock of eggs that may contain the offensive toy and will provide a replacement toy to anyone affected by the unfortunate accident. If you’ve encountered a “bad egg” recently, be sure to go pick up a new one ASAP!

Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--