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Oreo Just Made A Blunt Statement About Trans People On Twitter—And Nobody Knows What To Think

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Everyone loves Oreo cookies.

Since being introduced on March 6, 1912, the delicious cream-filled chocolate wafers have consistently been the best-selling cookie brand in America and are enjoyed in over one hundred countries.

However, the cookie company's questionable marketing strategy is dividing people on the internet.

Oreo declared on Twitter "Trans people exist."

Yes, that is true.

And?

People were left looking for more information.

Oreo did not provide further context but many presumed the statement about trans people was in response to the victory of LGBTQ+ rights after the House of Representatives voted 224-206 in favor of the Equality Act and the transphobia Republicans displayed while considering the legislation as well as GOP Senator Rand Paul's transphobic attack of Dr. Rachel Levine.

The tweet was posted on February 25, the same day the House passed the landmark legislation that prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in all 50 states.

Many social media users generally celebrated Oreo's statement of solidarity.


Some people questioned if this was another example of exploiting the LGBTQ+ cause in the name of capitalism.






Others thought food and politics should not mix.






So now, what?







Despite Oreo's dubious intentions, many people embraced the overall statement as a positive one.




Oreos in the U.S. are made and sold by the Nabisco division of Mondeliz International—which this Twitter user discovered was actively doing its part to support the trans community by offering transgender health benefits.

Regardless of the conflicting social media reactions, it is comforting to know a major global snack brand is an ally and always has been.

Last year, Oreo celebrated Gay Pride with special limited edition rainbow Oreos to honor their partnership with PFLAG National—"The first and largest organization for #LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies."