One supermarket chain has been forced to remove an Easter treat after customers complained that the chocolate ducks were racist. The trio of chocolate ducklings were named Crispy, Fluffy, and Ugly, and are made of milk, white, and dark chocolate, respectively. Customers were quick to comment that the dark chocolate duck’s name was just “not right.”
Waitrose, a UK supermarket chain, fielded the complaints about Ugly, the dark chocolate duck, and, according to a report by 7 News, ultimately had to remove the product.
“Crispy, Fluffy and Ugly – trio of Easter ducklings at #Waitrose,” said one customer on Twitter. “Ugly is the dark one on the right. Overheard women saying ‘this is not right’, I agree, doesn’t look good at all. Thousands of other options… why #ugly?????”
However, not everyone who saw the product believed it was racist, particularly since the name of the duckling references a children’s story: The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen.
One part of the tale goes, “There once was an ugly duckling, with feathers all stubby and brown, and the other birds said is so many words, get out of town.”
“It’s chocolate for God’s sake,” said one Twitter user. “There is not one iota/atom of racism in this product. Ever heard of the ugly duckling story? I really hope the 4 and 20 blackbirds baked in a pie doesn’t upset you as well?”
“First of all: If the white chocolate duckling were to be called ‘ugly’, you wouldn’t bat an eye,” said another. “This is stupid and has nothing to do with racism.”
“Second of all: The ugly duckling turns out to be a swan, which is seen as one of the most beautiful and elegant creatures out there.”
Waitrose did apologize for the product and the duck’s name. The packaging has since been redesigned, and the product is again for sale. However, customers are still discussing the choice to initially name the dark chocolate duck “Ugly.”
The change to the packaging removed all of the duckling’s names.