Child slavery, candies and go-go boots?

From Harper’s Weekly Review:

Nestlé, who along with Cargill, Barry Callebaut, Mars, Olam, Hershey, and Mondelēz was sued for child slavery in the Ivory Coast, announced that they intended to “focus on [the candies’] personalities rather than their gender.” “I think we all win when we see more women in leading roles, so I’m happy to take on the part of supportive friend when they succeed,” said the green M&M, who no longer wears go-go boots.

Uh. Not sure why Nestlé thought their new candy focus in any way was a reasonable response to the lawsuit against them, et al. for child slavery.

And was the comment of the green female M&M a not very subtle rebuke of Nestlé — which does not own M&Ms? BTW, I don’t know how old the green M&M is but after 50, no sane woman would wear go-go boots or heels.

Another BTW: Because I was curious whether the Olam company, mentioned in the Harper’s item, was Israeli (tikkun olam is a Jewish philosophy or human purpose meaning “repairing the world”), I entered their web site. I have thus discovered Olam provides cocoa to candy businesses. Then I spotted toward the bottom of the screen the usual notice about allowing or not allowing cookies…and am finding this whole matter more or less surreal.

This should mean a boycott.


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