Donald Trump Jr. posted a questionable image to Twitter on Monday making a comparison between poisoned Skittles and Syrian refugees. The image he tweeted out had a picture of a bowl of Skittles, and the text on the image read:
If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.
The tweet quickly resulted in backlash, and there was an outpouring of tweets both addressing its flaws, as well as mocking it. This included people tweeting pictures of real Syrian refugees and paring it with the name of the candy, as well as people using the term endearingly with hash tags such as #SkittlesWelcome.
When pressed for an official response on the matter this is what Wrigley, the maker of Skittles, had to say:
Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy. We will respectively refrain from further commentary, as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.
- Denise Young, vice president of corporate affairs for Wrigley
Perhaps this blunt response best sums of the controversy, and how an issue as complex as a refugee crisis can not be summed up in a tweet with an analogy to Skittles. While this tweet was intended to drum up support for the campaign of his father Donald Trump, it has backfired and instead drawn much criticism.