2021 has been the year where the cancel culture is taking an aim at a lot of cartoons. Amid this, people have been wondering if Kellogg’s cartoon mascot Tony the tiger has been cancelled.
It all started after six of Dr. Seuss’s books were pulled out for “racist and insensitive imagery.” These books were: “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.” Now, people have been wondering if Tony the tiger will be cancelled next.
Is Tony the tiger cancelled?
No, Tony the tiger is NOT cancelled. The discussion about his cancellation came about on social media after Pepa Le Pew got cancelled. On March 6, Columnist Charles M. Blow from New York Times tweeted how the Pepa Le Pew “added to rape culture.”
Following this, social media users called for Miss Piggy to get cancelled as they insisted her behavior was problematic as well. To make things more complicated, news of Mr. Potato Head’s cancellation also surfaced online at the end of February. Hasbro announced they would be removing the gender from its Mr. Potato Head brand, and this news did not fit well with many.
Amid this, several people wondered if Tony the tiger would be the next victim of cancel culture. Fortunately, it is not the case. The cartoon mascot has not been touched by the cancel culture and is free to continue bringing smiles to people’s faces.
How did Tony the tiger come into existence?
In 1952, Kellogg’s had created a couple of cartoon mascots as part of their contest. Amid them, Tony happened to be loved by buyers more than the others.
The website explains, “Tony was created especially for children, but his lifelike characteristics make him popular with consumers of all ages. Admirers of Tony™ have called him friendly, lovable, talented, boastful, and almost human. Perhaps one of his most enduring characteristics is his encouragement to children to strive toward achieving their fullest potential.”
It further adds that “the star quality of Tony the Tiger has advanced his career from a product spokes-tiger to a full-fledged goodwill ambassador for Kellogg Company. When he appears at special events, Tony™ is surrounded by photographers and children.”