Red Skins and Chico lollies to get a name change
A ‘stocktake’ of old children’s books last week uncovered The Three Golliwogs. How times how changed. Now, as waves of regret wash across society for the way minority groups have been treated, we’re re-naming lollies.
Nestle has announced it will change the names of its Red Skins and Chicos products, saying: “The names have overtones which are out of step with Nestle’s values, which are rooted in respect.”
The word, redskin, has been used as a term for Native Americans and Chico for people of Latin-American descent.
“This decision acknowledges the need to ensure that nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues,” Nestle said in a statement.
A Nestle spokeswoman said new names were yet to be finalised and that the rebranded packaging would hit the shelves in coming months.
She said the products were sold only in Australia and New Zealand and that the decision to change the names had been made locally.
She didn’t know why the products had been given those names.
“The products are really old so we don’t know the background,” she said.
“This is just part of looking at where we want to be as a company and making sure we don't do and say things that marginalise people.”
The Red Skins wrapper had once featured a photo and cartoon of Native Americans, but that was changed in the 1990s.
Last week, US company Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream announced it would rename the Eskimo Pie.
What do you think about the push to rename offensive lollies and food products?