Kellogg Drops Phelps

The cereal company says,

...Phelps's behavior—caught on camera and published Sunday in a British tabloid—is "not consistent with the image of Kellogg." 

This would be the same company that for decades has been encouraging children to start the day by inhaling sugar by the spoonful. It's also the company that still proudly bears the name of the man who advocated yogurt enemas and pouring carbolic acid on the clitoris to prevent women from experiencing sexual pleasure.

Yes, it would be a shame to see a 14-time gold medalist's bong hit tarnish the company's image.

As is often the case, the Onion was way out in front on this one. 

Related: A couple of months ago, over at my personal blog The Agitator, I started an open thread encouraging successful people who smoke marijuana to list their occupation. If you meet the criteria, feel free to add yourself to the list. 

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  • Balloon Maker||

    Take it back about Kellogg. I can only assume the yogurt enemas were based on the same principle as Activia yogurt is today (except, you know, in your ass).

    Carbolic acid... I can't defend that one. Those crazy 7th day Adventists...

  • ||

    Screw them. I just bought my last box of Honey Bunches of Oats last week.

  • ||

    I was on the team that won the first JETS national title for small schools and I had smoked weed. Does that count, Radley?

  • gmatts||

    Goddamit! I really like their almond and vanilla Special K. Drinking the milk left in the bowl was the best part.
    Now I have to find a new breakfast cereal. Or I could just go with Little Chocolate Doughnuts. They were on Belushi's training table as a kid.

  • Barack H. O.||

    I started an open thread encouraging successful people who smoke marijuana to list their occupation. If you meet the criteria, feel free to add yourself to the list.

    I smoke marijuana, and I manage an extremely dysfunctional but well-funded organization. Sorry I can't give my full name, it would cause lots of repercussions.

  • Code Name: George Washington B||

    I've smoked a blunt or two in my life and I've been known to fuck shit up old school

  • jtuf||

    The greatest thing about the tabloid photo is realizing that you can smoke pot and still go on to win 14 gold medals at the Olympics.

  • ||

    Isn't Kellogg the guy who introduced the widespread practice of circumcision into the U.S. so that boys wouldn't wack off...not that that's a deterrent.

  • BlueBook||

    Not that it much matters, but how many of the Reason staff partake of the wacky terbaccy?

  • ||

    I'm just hearing that he's been suspending from swimming for 3 months.

  • Elemenope||

    Here's a helpful list of Kellogg's products.

    I'll miss the pop tarts. For about a day. Shame about the Hydroxes, though. They really were my favorite cookies.

  • Anonymous||

    I am a Nobel laureate in economics and write a column for the New York Times. I am high just about all the time.

  • Bingo||

    Ele:

    How the hell does the maker of "Scooby Doo"-brand snacks drop sponsorship of someone that smokes reefer?

  • ||

    The Kellogg family gives a ton of money to my university. This is quite the dilemma for me.

  • ||

    BoscoH: Good news, Honey Bunches of Oats is made by Post/Nabisco. :D

    I know this because I stocked cereal at Meijer for 2 years while in college. Speaking of that and pot, on the opposite side of the cereal aisle that I maintained were cookies, crackers, and various other snack goods. Many a night did a group of college kids come in search of snacks while reeking of pot. Oh those kids.

  • ||

    Fuck the Kellogg Family.
    in the ass
    with yogurt.

  • Stoner||

    I'm... like...

    I do...

    I do groovy things...

    ...for the, like, world...

  • ||

    ...no, really...

  • ||

    ... I ...

  • ||

    If I were running Kellogg's, I'd put a picture of Phelps on the cereal box with a bong in his hand. Instant collectors' item!

    -jcr

  • ||

    @Dave T. Thanks man. I was kidding about the HBoO. I'm seriously pissed about NutriGrain Bars and PopTarts though.

  • abstainer||

    Only cannabis could drive me to eat Kellogg's products.

    So it's win/win.

  • Elemenope||

    ...is "not consistent with the image of Kellogg."

    On an entirely different note, how does Kellogg's honestly think their public image is anything other than "some corporation that makes food we sometimes eat"?

    I mean, seriously, do people actually associate some sort of coherent moral image with the folks that make their Pop-tarts?

    I'm trying to wrap my head around the thing. Help me out.

  • head wrap||

    Wild thing, you make my pop tart.

  • ||

    This is a great opportunity!
    We can boycott Kellogg!
    The web is already buzzing! (npi)

    Sign on and spread the word to boycott Kellogg and support pot smoking winners!

  • anarch||

    LMNO, in a nihilistic age, moral and aesthetic are coterminous. Feels Good = Is Good. Cornflakes: hooch for the bourgeoisie. What we eat are pictures.

    Better?

  • ||

  • ||

    Here's a link to Kellogg's customer contact page. You start at the right with your birthday, then on to the complaint form.

    Link

    I let them know that I won't be buying NutriGrain bars and PopTarts anymore.

  • ||

    Surely Kellogg should be pandering to the stoner crowd? Most of the cereal I've eaten has been at 3am when I've got the munchies.

  • Brandybuck||

    I am successful, but do not smoke marijuana. But it doesn't bother me one whit if someone else, successful or otherwise, does. That's because my success is not dependent on what someone else inhales.

  • Paul||

    bears the name of the man who advocated yogurt enemas



    Hey now. Have you ever tried a yogurt enema? Idealism increases with ones distance from the experience.

  • Paul||

    I started an open thread encouraging successful people who smoke marijuana to list their occupation. If you meet the criteria, feel free to add yourself to the list.



    You could create a one-two punch with an open thread that lists unsuccessful people who don't use drugs. I'm there.

  • ||

    Dr T,

    The current Kellogg Company has been a publicly traded company for generations. It is unlikely that the money your university gets is related to today's Kellogg Company.

    So.....no dilemma!

  • Official Kellogg statement on ||

    Due to ethical concerns, Kellogg had to release the contract of Michael Phelps. Specifically, truth in advertising. Kellogg products do not, will not, and have never been associated with athletic success.

  • JB||

    No more Kellogg's for me.

    So I assume all those drug addicts over at Kellogg's are going to stop using alcohol, caffeine, prescription pills, and all those other evil drugs.

  • ||

    With a box of cheez-its in hand, it's hard to support a boycott. I say we investigate the addictive qualities of these bad boys

  • ||

    I wrote Kellogg's a letter telling them I wasn't going to buy their products anymore. I encourage everyone else to do the same.

  • ||

    I wrote Kellogg's a letter telling them I wasn't going to buy their products anymore. I encourage everyone else to do the same.

    A letter that will be turned right over to the cops. Hide your dogs, SWAT is coming.

  • Stoner Logician||

    unsuccessful people who don't use drugs. I'm there.

    Well, obviously then, you should start. Like.

  • ||

    Kellogg's is a private company, right? Why do we have much concern that they severed ties with someone they wanted to sever ties with for any reason? Maybe they had it in the contract that they could sever ties if he failed to act a certain way? I'm not about to give up Raisin Bran Crunch just because two parties of which I am not one happen to disagree on what image they want portrayed. It's their business. I like their cereal and if Michael Phelps swims again in 2012 at the London Games I will cheer for him.

    Meanwhile I will send a letter to my elected representatives that I want the drug war to end and marijuana to be leagalized.

  • ||

    Gonna miss the occassional Morning Star; fuck you Kellogg's.

  • robc||

    Nick,

    I dont think anyone is suggesting that Kellogg's cant cut their ties with Phelps.

    If some people want to boycott them for that reason, that is well within their rights too.

    Meanwhile I will send a letter to my elected representatives that I want the drug war to end and marijuana to be leagalized.

    Statist. :)

  • Activist Stoner ||

    I'm gonna... like...

  • ||

    I am sickened by Kellogg's discrimination against my state's number one cash crop.

  • ||

    It wouldn't be your state's number one cash crop, if it wasn't for Congress, Sugarless. You should thank them.

  • ||

    I need to work on my reading comprehension skills.

    "Kellogg" not same as "Congress"

  • robc||

    P Brooks,

    Im not sure. Legalize it and all the farmers who took the tobacco buyout can switch over to growing it.

  • ||

    I've long advocated the Las Vegas approach to marijuana in Kentucky. Unilaterally make it legal, grow the fuck out of it, and make us a tourist destination for potheads. Yes, I foresee many, many problems... such as an explosion in the hippie population and the relocation of jam bands to the state, but we would have enough tourist money to deal with them as they come along.

  • robc||

    SugarFree,

    I have suggested the same. But, now that you mention the down side, Im not sure it is worth it.

    I went to a reggae fest a few years ago. It released my inner-Cartman. It turns out that hippies piss me off.

  • ||

    Growing primo dope is pretty labor intensive, right? This could be a good way to fight unemployment. Just think of all the backroom flunkies from thre investment banks, set free in the sunshine to groom giant pot plants.

    Win!


    Ps- those high-minded defenders of America's future totalitarian fucks at SwimTeam USA have suspended Phelps.

  • robc||

    If Im Phelps, I would appeal the suspension, deny it was pot in the bong, and dare them to prove otherwise.

  • Just Plain Brian||

    I went to a reggae fest a few years ago. It released my inner-Cartman. It turns out that hippies piss me off.



    I think that feeling is universal. It's why hippies smoke so much weed, because otherwise they wouldn't be able to tolerate all those other hippies.

  • ||

    It better have been marijuana in that bong. He's in real trouble if the morality police find it was tobacco. Think of the children.

  • ||

    I shall withhold judgment until the 2012 Olympics (I cannot be bothered to watch non-Olympic swimming events). Perhaps Mr. Phelps' performance will decrease dramatically, or even just a bit, and we will have to wonder...

  • ||

    "I've long advocated the Las Vegas approach to marijuana in Kentucky. Unilaterally make it legal, grow the fuck out of it, and make us a tourist destination for potheads. Yes, I foresee many, many problems... such as an explosion in the hippie population and the relocation of jam bands to the state, but we would have enough tourist money to deal with them as they come along."

    Great idea. Might want to talk to the residents of Amsterdam first, though, to see how they feel about their city being a stoner tourist destination.

    May as well add Las Vegas and Atlantic City to the list, too.

  • ||

    "Activist Stoner | February 6, 2009, 9:10am | #

    I'm gonna... like..."

    You know it's people like you that perpetuate the myths and lies about boo.

    Please go crawl up Jim Breuer's pathetic ass. There's a bowl of yogurt in it for ya.

  • ||

    Billy,

    It's Kentucky. If you think a bunch of stoners is going to make living here measurably worse, it's no wonder Princeton can afford for you to troll blogs all day.

  • ||

    Nick - you are correct in that a private company can do as they please (within the law) concerning their spokespeople.

    However.....

    I find it highly hypocritical that Kellogg's fire Phelps NOW. After all, Phelps, for all his positive traits, did get pulled over for driving under the influence WHEN HE WAS 19. Gosh, glad I never did anything silly like that when I was a youngster... ;-)

    Kellogg's, their "horrified" customers, and those anti-drug bozos who drink alcohol should all lighten up.

  • Activist Stoner||

    Chill, man.

  • ed||

    I find it highly hypocritical that Kellogg's fire Phelps

    They didn't fire him. His contract expires at the end of February. They are not renewing it.
    Not that they aren't hypocritical toadies.

  • ||

    "Activist Stoner | February 6, 2009, 12:30pm | #

    Chill, man"

    Care for another yogurt?

  • Activist Stoner||

    Man, that yogurt is so... I mean, like, wow!

  • ||

    """If Im Phelps, I would appeal the suspension, deny it was pot in the bong, and dare them to prove otherwise.""""

    I understand that point of view, but who wants to get that snowball rolling? I'm sure the NC sheriff would gladly haul in everyone he can for questioning.

    Phleps probably figures why bring everyone else into this. He's talking about retiring too. Good for him if he does. If America prefers the drug war over a quality athlete, fuck 'em.

  • ||

    Proof again the pot takes you to high places. And boo on Kellogs. If they are dropping Phelps they better drop their entire advertising deparment. Those guys are a bunch of potheads

  • ||

    F**k Kellogs!!!

  • ||

    garbage - total garbage
    Boycott them and actually stick with it for more than a weekend and maybe corporations can placate to the logical faction of this country and not just the Uber conservatives

    this site has up to date info on the http://thekelloggboycott.com/

  • A-nonny-mouse||

    I've been successfully employed as a toy designer for a major toy manufacturer for over ten years. I have smoked grass daily on and off for over twenty-five years. I've done my share of masturbating over the years, too!

  • ||

    Mikey says these things keep happening because he's young and stupid. How will he ever grow up if we keep treating him like he's...a...you know...drunk pothead? I hope they take his drivers license away for good -- he's a menace to society since he's perpetually stupid. Go Kelloggs. I'll stop buying Speedos, can't afford an Omega watch -- so I guess Michael can still get by (and high) will a little help from these corporate friends.

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