Grace Colbert

It’s been almost two weeks since Cheerios released a commercial featuring an interracial family with a white mother, black father and biracial child. Internet backlash was immediate. Hateful slurs and racist vitriol led Cheerios to close the comments section on the commercial’s YouTube video.

Grace Golbert, the adorable kid featured in the commercial, appeared on MSNBC with her parents to discuss the 30-second clip. Colbert thought all of the attention was due to her “great smile,” not the resistance to interracial families in the United States.

Colbert is the product of an interracial couple. Her father, Christopher, is African-American. Her mother, Janet, is white. Both parents are proud of their six-year-old daughter’s accomplishment and hope the controversy fuels dialogue about the “changing face” of America.

“America needs to see that this is just a way of life,” Christopher said in the interview. “I wasn’t upset or anything. I was pretty much really excited about having this type of reaction so we can see where we still stand in America. But look out, America, because this is just reality.”

He continued, “We’re also part of the face of America.

Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios, agrees. She told Gawker the overall response to the advertisement was positive.

“Consumers have responded positively to our new Cheerios ad. At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all.”

MSNBC reports positive comments about the commercial outnumbered negative by almost 10-to-1.

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  • Anthony

    I would have to go into my “must resist pinching cheeks mode” if I ever met the kid.

    Both of my daughters had those chubby cheeks when they were really little.

  • Ask_ME

    I agree with what he said. Interracial couples are part of America. Whether people like it or not, this country is becoming more mixed and on top of that same sex couples are growing their own families as well. Hatred is not going to stop people from doing what they do: meeting, marrying and creating families.

  • Sasha

    OMG HOW ADORABLE IS SHE?! And she looks like a perfect blend of both parents too!

  • The Comment

    She looks like she is saying, “Hey! What’s wrong with ya’ll? Ya’ll messing with my money now.”

  • http://chennadoll.tumblr.com pinklipstick227

    The commercial is very cute. It’s about time we started validating the experience of multiracial girls, and stop invalidating the experiencing of little black girls who are not biracial.

  • L

    That little girl is so cute especially when she said “I don’t know what he’s saying” Absolutely adorable.

  • B.

    I don’t know how people can see hatred in something so cute! The commercial is adorable.

  • omfg

    i don’t have an issue with the commercial and i don’t think i really understand why it was such a big deal.

    having said that, i don’t get why we have to validate the experience of multiracial girls.

  • Kay

    This just proves that we have a very long way to go. I didn’t see the problem with the commercial, as I am fully supportive of people loving who they choose to. *shrugs* I think some folks feel the winds of change and just can’t take it.

  • Too stinking cute!

    She is like a 2013 Olivia (cosby) Love her!!

  • http://gravatar.com/naaj21 Lexi

    She is too cute and looks like the spitting image of her Dad how adorable:-) Honestly this commercial is actually the portrayal of reality. People need to get over themselves, multi cultural kids have been plentiful in this country for years. Totally ridiculous!!

  • Youwishyoucouldbeme

    I think the reality is that some of the backlash comes from people who are afraid to see multiracial families in a positive light. I agree with you about validating both groups. Showing a multiracial family does not mean that you cannot still show fully White families, fully Black families, fully Asian families, etc. What’s interesting to me is that I notice in commercials with fully Black families, that the children are often biracial looking, even when the parents look completely Black. Yet this never gets backlash, so it proves that our country is still so uncomfortable with interracial relationships. I wonder if the reaction would have been the same, had they shown a Black mother, White father and this little girl???

  • Youwishyoucouldbeme

    I think she/he feels that we have to validate multiracial children’s experience, because we still live in a society that discriminates against interracial couples, and their offspring. Yes, our society holds up multiracial (namely Black/White) people as a standard of beauty, but they are still discriminated against as well. I assume this is what the poster meant, but I could be wrong. The other problem though is that we often choose one over the other, instead of validating both. We validate Black girls by tearing down biracial women or we validate biracial/multiracial people by tearing down Black people, and this has to stop as well.

  • http://gravatar.com/jlouisbiz jlouisbiz

    That you are at all putting attention to “interracial”, shows there is a lot of racism in U.S.

  • LDL90

    I am 22 and mixed race. I had a hard time growing up in a medium sized city because even in the 90′s racism was still being taught to children. Apparently, it is still alive and rampant. It is unfortunate that so many people are set back because of ridiculous preconceived notions. It’s just skin color! Get over it and move on with more important issues than discriminating against someone who has darker skin than you.

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