Retro sweets are so finer that you’d think they’d be the last to leave a sour taste in someone’s mouth.
But Dwarf Gems was renamed “Mini Gems” by Marks & Spencer – after a disabled activist claimed that their name could offend those with dwarfism.
Dr. Erin Pritchard, a teacher of the disabled and education, told supermarkets that the term dwarf is “a form of hate speech.”
M&S has changed the name of its favorite dwarf gems to mini gems following complaints from disabled activists that the term “dwarf” is offensive and a form of hate speech.
Liverpool academic Hope University has criticized businesses as well as comedians and television shows for continuing to use the word.
Dr. Pritchard – who has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism – said: “The word dwarf is a form of hate speech and contributes to the prejudices that people with a dwarf experience on a daily basis.
“When I talked to various companies about using the word dwarf, it’s clear that many companies just don’t realize how offensive this term is, and I’ve had to explain to them why it’s such a problem.”
Dwarf gems were first created by Lion Confectionery based in Yorkshire, which has been making sweets since 1903.
Dr. Pritchard acknowledged that some people might think that change was part of a “culture of abolition,” but argued that “when people shout the name at you on the street, it’s only right that it be removed.”
“It simply came to our notice then. For people who haven’t called the word, it’s easy to think that removing it is wrong, “said Dr. Pritchard, who also appeared on Channel 4 Dating with Dwarfism.
She added that she had asked Amazon to remove new items that used the term, but acknowledged that it would not be possible to rename items that were no longer in production, such as the MG Midget car or the Daihatsu Midget minivan.
The dwarf gems were renamed “Mini Gems” by Marks & Spencer – after a disabled activist claimed that their name could offend those who have a dwarf look.
A M&S spokesman confirmed the rebranding and said: “We are committed to being an inclusive salesperson – from supporting our colleagues to the products we offer and the way we sell them to our 32 million customers.
“Following on from our colleagues’ suggestions and the views shared by Dr. Erin Pritchard, last year we introduced a new mini gem pack that has been introduced to all of our stores since then.”
Last October, during Month of Nanism Awareness, Dr. Pritchard tweeted numerous supermarkets and pastry bands and asked them to remove the word from their products.
Apart from M&S, only Free From Fellows, a vegan-friendly brand stored in retail stores such as Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, WH Smith and Boots, responded.
Tesco has since said it will review its Midget gemstone brand because it “does not want any of our products to cause insult.”
A spokesman for the supermarket giant said: ‘We are grateful to Dr. Pritchard for notifying us and we will review the name of this product. ‘
It is the latest in a series of brands and businesses that have been forced to rename themselves or their products to adapt to the Woke Brigade.
In September, the historic pub changed its name to “Black Lives Matter” after more than 200 years.
The Black Boy Inn, in Bewdley, Worcestershire, is now called The Bewdley Inn.
Current tenants said Stonegate Pubs, a 15th-century brewery, had ordered them to change their name “because of the Black Lives Matter movement” and that “they have no say.”
Furious locals condemned the move and accused society of “waking up.”
However, the owners said the pub had been renamed as part of a corporate rebranding and disagreed with allegations that it had to do with race.
Primark also recently came under fire due to the change of the parent section to a “parenting collection”.
The main street businessman was accused of bowing to “awakened” ideals after promoting the collection in a post that did not explicitly mention motherhood, women or mothers.
The article read: “We present our A / W parenting collection. Greet our heroic pieces, from floating dresses to simple jersey clips you need to create your capsule maternity wardrobe. ”