by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Last Friday, Cadbury apologized to Naomi Campbell for their ad that compared her to a bar of chocolate. Naomi having support from Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson gave Cadbury just the right push to issue the apology. Sharpton helped to bring this issue to the attention of the public by having Simon Woolley, a member of UK based Operation Black Vote, on his show last week. Operation Black Vote was calling for a consumer boycott and legal action. This group also wrote Jackson inquiring of his help, and Jackson responded to them saying he would help them.
The work of these three — Operation Black Vote, Sharpton, and Jackson — ended in success. Last Friday, Cadbury released a public apology stating:
“[It was] not our intention that this campaign should offend Naomi, her family or anybody else, and we are sincerely sorry that it has done so. We have been in discussions with Naomi’s solicitors and can confirm that they have accepted our apology on her behalf as a conclusion to this issue.”
Campbell accepted the apology but still had a few words for Cadbury. She shared that the company needs to include more diversity “by having greater diversity at board and senior management level.” She and her mother feel that this incident was just one of many examples of “corporate insensitivity towards minorities, and proof that advertising rooms are still largely devoid of diversity.”
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, email submissions to ayvaunnpennspokenword at gmail dot com.