Marks and Spencer rename Midget Gems sweets over concerns they ’cause offense and fuel stereotypes’

M&S changed the name of its own branded Midget Gems out of concern that it might be offensive.

Supermarket hard marshmallows are now called Mini Gems.

M&S Branded Midget Gems now known as Little Gems


M&S Branded Midget Gems now known as Little GemsCredit: PA

A disability campaigner raised concerns that the name might offend people with dwarfism.

Dr Erin Pritchard, a lecturer in education and disability at Liverpool Hope University, said the term was a form of hate speech and offended people with dwarfism.

Dr. Pritchard suffers from achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, and says the name of the sweets contributes to prejudice.

“The word dwarf is a form of hate speech and contributes to the stereotypes that people with dwarfism experience every day,” she said.

“When people scream your name in the street, it’s right to have it removed.”

A spokesperson for Marks and Spencer confirmed to The Sun that the candy has been renamed.

“Following suggestions from our colleagues and insights shared by Dr Erin Pritchard, we introduced new mini gem packaging last year, since then,” the retailer said. rolled out to all of our stores.”

Dr. Pritchard said she is grateful for the move by M&S and has also called on other companies to change the name of the candy.

M&S isn’t the only company to rename sweets, but it’s the first major retailer to do so.

Vegetarian-friendly candies made by Free From Fellows, stocked at street retailers including Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, WHSmith and Boots have also dropped the word.

Dr Pritchard said: “Having spoken with various companies about the use of the word ‘dwarf’, it is clear that many companies simply do not know how offensive the term is and I have have to explain to them why it is such a problem. . ”

Hard gem candy isn’t the only confection to be renamed.

Opal Fruits has been renamed the popular Starburst – although the retro name made a brief comeback in 2020 for a limited time.

Coco Pops used to Choco Krispies, Daim bar used to be Dime bar and Snickers formerly known as Marathon bar.

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