See Brand Tweets About Prince, Including Ones Cheerios and Four Loko Pulled

Minnesota Companies, Music Brands Among Those Paying Tribute on Social Media

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Cheerios tweet
Cheerios tweet Credit: Cheerios/Twitter

Brands did not waste any time today posting social media tributes to Prince after news broke of the music legend's death. Marketers, of course, risk looking exploitative in moments like this, but brands also want to be seen as current and tuned into culture. It's a fine line.

There was at least one apparent misstep. Cheerios, which is owned by Minnesota-based General Mills, removed a tweet with a purple-backed image stating "Rest in peace" with the "eye" dotted with a Cheerio. In a statement to Ad Age, General Mills said: "As a Minnesota brand, Cheerios wanted to acknowledge the loss of a musical legend in our hometown. But we quickly decided that we didn't want the tweet to be misinterpreted, and removed it out of respect for Prince and those mourning."

Plenty of other Minnesota-based brands, ranging from 3M to Caribou Coffee, attempted to pay tribute to Prince, a Minneapolis native. Music companies also joined in as did NASA and plenty of others.

A legend lost way too soon. #RIPPrince

A photo posted by Minnesota Vikings (@vikings) on

Four Loko deleted tweet
Four Loko deleted tweet Credit: Four Loko/Twitter

Four Loko tweeted "pouring one out for Prince," but then backtracked and deleted it. (See saved image above.)

Contributing: Jessica Wohl

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