And it’s to so thoroughly entrance you with this unbelievably cute little girl that you’re to the grocery store, through it, and back out in the parking lot before you realize you’ve bought six boxes of Cheerios and you don’t even like cereal. I mean, look at her.
[An adorable little GIRL approaches her MOM at the kitchen table, holding a box of Cheerios.]
MOM. Yes, honey?
GIRL. Dad told me that Cheerios is good for your heart. Is that true?
MOM. Says here that Cheerios has whole-grain oats that can help remove some cholesterol, and that’s heart-healthy.
[The girl smiles and runs off with the cereal. CUT TO DAD asleep on the couch. He stirs and sits up to find that the girl has poured an entire box’s worth of Cheerios on his chest, directly over his heart. Because she loves her dad and wants him to be healthy and y’all, SERIOUSLY.]
Now, some people (and God help us, there will always be some people) have become very upset that the ad features an interracial family. Because such families don’t exist in real life all over the place, of course, and certainly shouldn’t be represented on television, right? Like we needed further evidence that no amount of whole-grain oats will remove bigotry from the hearts of some horrible people.
But those folks can kiss my preternaturally toned pink ass, because the family looks like a family and the commercial is so sweet and that little girl is so earnest and objectively adorable that I can’t finish this sentence because my mouth is full of Cheerios, and where the hell did I get all these Cheerios?