You Don’t Like It, Don’t Eat It

mcdonalds-restaurant-outsideI thought we heard enough from the food police disguised as the First Lady and the Mayor of NYC.  Well, I was wrong.  We now have a 9-year old “scolding” the CEO of McDonald’s for not wanting kids to be healthy so they can live long and happy lives.

Yes, Hannah Robertson, whose mother is Kia Robertson, member of the advocacy group, Corporate Accountability International, attended a shareholders’ meeting of McDonald’s and told Don Thompson, “Something that I don’t think is fair is when big companies try to trick kids into eating food that isn’t good for them by using toys and cartoon characters…. It would be nice if you stopped trying to trick kids into wanting to eat your food all the time.”

I don’t get this story on so many levels.

First of all, I believe this 9-year old child was used by her mother for her own ideological views and I hate it when parents do this. I guarantee if the child spoke on behalf of the Tea Party, her mother would be blasted by the liberal press and audited by the IRS.

The last time I looked, we had child labor laws in this country so 9-year old children are not forced to work and earn their own money to buy their own food.  Parents still control the purse strings and if a parent doesn’t want his or her child eating food at McDonald’s, it’s up to the parent to make those decisions, not the child.  Period.

This nonsense reminds me of the story about Park Slope (Brooklyn) parents who backed a ban on ice-cream trucks in Prospect Park in order to avoid screaming kids.  How pathetic is that?  Parents didn’t want to suffer through their child’s meltdown when an ice cream/Italian ice push cart came by in the park.  One stupid woman had the audacity to say, “I should not have to fight with my children every warm day on the playground just so someone can make a living!”  She’ll be in for a rude awakening when her children hit puberty.

Next, we’re talking about capitalism and advertising.  I see ads on television for a thousand different items every year.  That’s the beauty of capitalism and advertising.  It doesn’t mean I go out and buy those thousand items.  In the case of children, again, it’s up to the parents to control what they buy for their children, be it food, clothing, toys, or anything else.  If you don’t want your child to eat hamburgers, then don’t buy them hamburgers.  If you succumb to your child’s every wish or whim that you believe isn’t good for them out of fear of a tantrum, then you’re a lousy parent.

I fondly remember eating Cracker Jacks, a combination of molasses, popcorn and peanuts, as a child and the whole point was to get to the toy inside.  I don’t ever remember anyone complaining to the Cracker Jacks Company that it shouldn’t tempt children with toys by hiding them in a sugary treat.  But, back then, we weren’t numbly sitting around in front of the television or computer screen or playing games on a hand-held machine.  We were actually outside playing and burning off all those delicious calories.

When I was a kid, I ate what was put in front of me, not because there were starving children in China (my parents never said anything like it), but because my parents were the boss of me.  I guess, nowadays, a child is the boss of their parents.

Finally, young Miss Thompson and her mother should be aware of the millions of dollars donated by McDonald’s every year and especially the good works done by the Ronald McDonald Houses.  They’re obviously unaware of the 322 houses in 52 countries which provide a place to stay for families with hospitalized children who are receiving treatment.  The estimated value to these families is $257 million.  There are currently 43 Care Mobiles that offer affordable health care to more than 100,000 children in their own neighborhoods which saves families about $10 million in medical and dental costs each year.  Apparently, this doesn’t mean much to them.

If you don’t want your children eating at McDonald’s, don’t take them there.  End of story.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • chief98110

    Mr. Thompson was very kind to this young girl, I would have asked her if
    she was an orphan with her own income and the means to pay for her meal
    choices. Her mother is obviously a jerk for using her daughter for
    publicity to promote her own agenda. Did Ms. Robertson really think
    McDonald’s was going to revamp their business model because she pulled
    this dumb stunt?

  • Iowa48

    Hannah has been well schooled in “healthy eating;” her mother, Kia, is a children’s nutritional activist and creator of ‘Today I Ate a Rainbow’ – a game encouraging children to eat different fruits. She even appears in videos for her mother’s business, showing other children how easy it is to eat healthily – and probably amazing a few by munching on handfuls of kale and spinach.
    So Hannah’s mom was using the nine-year old child as a marketing gimmick for her own game business. And cleverly piggy-backing her scheme onto McDonald’s is marketing genius. Why do I think the whole scheme was all about marketing mom’s business, and less about actual parental nutrition decisions?

  • Ron F

    Leona, I am not sure what the last point has to do with whether corporations should have marketing programs directed at children. I do not think marketing directed at children is wrong, just as I do not think that it is wrong for McDonald’s to publicize its good works. If the marketing program was wrong, doing good works as well would not justify it. I also do not know if Kia Robertson and her daughter were not aware of the good works McDonald’s does. They could be aware of it and still disapprove of the marketing campaign. They may also appreciate the dividends they receive from McDonald’s and still think it is wrong to have a marketing program directed to children. If Kia Robertson, or her organization, is not a shareholder, she should not have been allowed to speak.

    • Roger Ward

      Ron, the main point that I got from Leona’s article was that today’s parents are very weak in how they direct the lives of their children. She went on to give several examples of this weakness, to illustrate her position. If you object to her principal point, then critique it …. but it’s off point to go after her ancillary examples and leave her main issue untouched. Also, there’s more in life than legal decisions; one of them is the weight of public opinion. Liberals, including but not limited to those mentioned here, never pass up an opportunity to marshal public opinion and shove it down the throats of the more conservative. They’ll use the law when they can and the weight of public opinion any other time, in their attempts to influence events they deem important.

      • Ron F

        Roger, I don’t think I missed the main point. I can’t speak as to how the majority of parents direct the lives of their children. We only hear about the ones that make news or make noise. My guess is that most parents are just trying to do the best job they can. That was why I think it is sad that some news agencies found Kia Robertson and her daughter news worthy. Opinions of 9-year old girls are not newsworthy to me and should have very little value in deciding on public policy or the policy of a corporation. On the other hand if the left does a better job of affecting public opinion, more power to them. They are doing a better job than we are and, if so, I do not think it is because the majority of people are low information voters or that we are a dumbed down society. I just think it means the left is doing a better job.

        • Roger Ward

          Ron, you’re right about what news agencies find newsworthy; it’s obviously very easy for the lefties (read Kia Robertson) to manipulate the media into taking a stance that appears mainstream but actually espouses the leftist agenda. I don’t know if the left is doing a better job of influencing public opinion …. or if our side is making a bad job of it …. but there is no doubt that the left is winning — in the polls, at the voting booth, and in the arena of public opinion. At the time that Romney was neck and neck with Obama, I went on record and predicted the victory by Obama and the left. I’m not some political clairvoyant — I just see the handwriting on the wall. Here’s another prediction: Hillary will win in 2016 and there’s nothing we can do about it. There is only one slight possibility to save the country (and it ain’t gonna happen): if a conservative strongman a la Reagan (or Thatcher) were to suddenly appear, we might have a chance to reverse the tide of leftism that is sweeping over us …. but there is no new Reagan in sight. Personally, I’ve had a great run and am thrilled to have been part of the greatest country this earth has ever known …. but now I’m actually glad that I’m coming to an end here. I won’t need to watch the decline of our beloved Country for much longer, The U.S., under leftism, is inexorably becoming a third rate Socialist-inspired country, just like Europe has already.

          • Ron F

            Roger, I live in California. Need I say more. I cannot remember the last time I was on the winning side in an election other than a few initiatives.

          • Roger Ward

            Ron, I live in California too — and wrote it off years ago as a lost cause. It’s a lot harder to write off the whole country, though. I’m thinking about moving to another state (maybe Texas?) but it seems like a lot of trouble for just a few years — and I’m not even sure that some other state has not been infected with liberalism. It’s a sad thing to see one’s own decline and death …. but it’s much, much more sad to watch the decline and death of the most successful and greatest Country in the history of the World.

          • Ron F

            Roger, Texas is doing fine without you. California still needs a few conservatives so I hope you don’t move although, like you, I am really scared about what this state will look like in 5 – 10 years with Democrats controlling the executive and legislative branches and having a 2/3 or more majority in both houses.

      • Ron F

        Roger, last night on the news, they had a segment about elementary school children signing a petition about one of their school mates being deported and saying how unfair they thought it was. I will not watch the news show again. I have no problem with the children having their viewpoint, I just do not think it is newsworthy or adds anything to the debate and was disappointed by how much time was spent on the segment.

  • Ron F

    Why does anyone care what a 9-year old girl say at a shareholder’s meeting of McDonald’s. If her mother is a shareholder of McDonald’s she had every right to be heard at the meeting. What bothers me is that some news organization thought it was newsworthy. These things do not bother me because as far as I can tell, McDonald’s ignored them and has not changed its marketing program, so they have done no harm. As for the media, I do not care what they would have said about children at a tea party rally. I do remember there being some very your children with signs about not stealing their future and the conservative media did not criticize their parents. Finally, I do not care what Michelle Obama says because she does not have the force of law behind her. We are free to ignore her. On the other hand Mayor Bloomberg tried to impose his viewpoint on the people of New York. Luckily, a court said he did not have the power.

  • Wheels55

    Another example of weak parenting. And, when these kids get older, they will have learned whining from their parents rather than taking personal responsibility and fixing problems. What’s next – banning the use of clowns at fast-food places because some kids are scared of clowns? Don’t look now, but we have a clown as President.

  • Roger Ward

    The real issue is (and should be) the weakness in exercising parental responsibility and authority. Children have always tried to manipulate their parents so that’s not new; kids will always try to get what they want. What is new is the government’s willingness to listen to these weak-kneed parents who want the government to do their job for them. For this, you can thank Obama and Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton and all the “well meaning” liberals who think that it is the job of Big Government to use its power to influence how your children are raised …. and yes, it was reprehensible for Kia Robertson to use her daughter in an attempt to further the mother’s agenda. Nancy Reagan said “Just Say No” in her well-intentioned but futile effort to combat drugs with slogans. Maybe Mrs. Robertson should learn to “Just Say No” when it comes to burgers and fries …. and the liberals’ attempts to raise her kids.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    What don’t you get? Of course we need a Government that regulates our eating habits. in fact what we really need, is for all the nasty profit taking bloodsucking corporations, to get lost. The Government should run all eateries and make sure we (all) only have healthy (and did I mention free) food to to eat.This is the only way to ensure everything is equitable and environmentally friendly. (Like it used to be in the Soviet Union) I say, down with these obesity purveying terrorist’s!