Uncle Ben’s Rice Renamed After Being Accused Of Racial Stereotyping
Uncle Ben’s rice has decided to change it’s name and logo following criticism it was perpetuating racial stereotypes.
The product, which is also sold in Australia, will now be known as Ben’s Original and will get rid of the image of a black farmer from all it’s packaging.
Uncle Ben’s owner Mars, said in a statement that “now is the right time to evolve the Uncle Ben’s brand, including its visual brand identity, which we will do.”
We listened. And we learned. Moving forward, Uncle Ben’s will be known as Ben’s Original™. Read our full statement to find out more about our brand’s new purpose to create opportunities that offer everyone a seat at the table: https://t.co/0tSE0lnMa1 pic.twitter.com/741JQU1qTI
— Ben’s Original USA (@BensOriginal) September 23, 2020
The imagery and logo of Uncle Ben’s had been labelled “racist” by shoppers in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement which gained more exposure following the tragic death of George Floyd in June.
Uncle and aunt were commonly used in southern US states to refer to black people instead of the more respectful “Miss” or “Mister”.