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Would The Red M&M Take Your Lunch Money?

Originally published on August 13, 2011 11:00 am
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JACKI LYDEN, host: Australia is also dealing with its own crisis of aggression and bullying, but of a sweeter and much smaller scale - bite-size, in fact.

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RED M&M: What is so suspicious about candy-coated chocolates who walk and talk?

LYDEN: The red and yellow M&Ms from the candy's TV commercials aren't friendly enough with each other, say the Aussies.

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M&M: You get in the bowl.

LYDEN: In fact, many parents said that red bullies yellow, and others, with his bossy attitude.

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M&M: Give me a break.

LYDEN: And in written complaints to the Australian Standards Bureau, they said that's not a message they want their children exposed to. The bureau has just finished a two-month investigation into the talking treats' interaction.

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M&M: Well, that was a brilliant idea.

LYDEN: Their final conclusion? Red is, quote, humorous, rather than bullying. In other words, he's not mean - just more of a party-pooper.

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YELLOW M&M: Hey, look, we're on the guest list.

RED M&M: Ugh, it's the menu. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.