Cap’n Crunch is a fraud?!
It turns out that the friendly Naval officer who has saluted kids eating breakfast for generations is not actually a captain, a Buzzfeed article reports. Navy captains have four stripes on their sleeves, but Faker Crunch only has three, making him a commander.
If we’re really going to start picking apart his uniform, his cover is way too low on his head. It should be two fingers above the nose, not pulled down below his eyes (how did he even get it behind his eyeballs?). Also, that mustache is definitely out of regs–and I’m assuming the cap’n doesn’t have a waiver from his CO.
Is this conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman? While he’s not claiming he earned any awards, should this lie about his rank be subject to the Stolen Valor Act?
The Cap’n says no, responding to the backlash on Twitter.
In another Twitter post, Crunch said that because he’s the captain of the S.S. Grumpy, he can be addressed as captain no matter his rank, Gawker reported.
After this debacle, one wonders if we can trust any cereal cartoons. Are Frosted Flakes really GRREAT!, or has Tony the Tiger been lying to us all these years? Do Rice Krispies really hiss, sizzle and sputter instead of snapping, crackling and popping? Is General Mills really a general? I want to see some proof.
The media relations team at Quaker Oats has not yet responded to a request for comment.