A Cheerios commercial depicting a mixed-race family is stirring up controversy this week after responses in the comments section of the YouTube video turned vitriolic. The commercial, depicting a biracial young girl, her white mother and black father, has been viewed on YouTube 1.7 million times.
The ad has produced racist backlash and then an even bigger supportive backlash to the backlash. General Mills has suspended the comments section on its website and fully supports the ad which it says will continue to run.
Meagan Hatcher-Mays, a contributor to Jezebel who grew up in a biracial family, weighs in on the controversy.