I’m loving it!

Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood have launched a campaign to petition to the CEO of McDonalds with a letter that reads;

I am writing to demand that you immediately pull your Marvel comic action figure Happy Meal promotion for preschool boys.

I am appalled that this promotion includes The Human Torch, a man on fire, and The Thing, which menacingly roars “IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME!” at the press of a button.

Your decision to hand little boys the horrifying spectacle of a man engulfed in flames or a menacing figure that explicitly spurs them to violence calls into question McDonald’s reputation as a family-friendly company. I urge you to end this promotion immediately.

The group state;

It’s bad enough that McDonald’s relentlessly uses junk toys to sell children on junk food. It’s awful that this giveaway continues the troubling trend of fast food restaurants promoting toys linked to violent PG-13 movies. And it’s terrible that McDonald’s, the leading distributor of toys in the United States, relentlessly perpetuates the worst gendered stereotypes with its Happy Meal giveaways. During the current promotion, boys get violent action figures with their burgers and fries, while girls are offered cutesy animals that, bizarrely, come with hand bags.”

There are a ton of evil’s in this world. People who are intolerant of others, people who kill for sport, and drugs. McDonalds itself is not without its faults. The food is gross and terribly unhealthy. McDonalds has been under fire for seducing kids to eat their food with the promise of a toy. Like I’ve said in the past, that goes back to irresponsible parenting. Your 4-year-old child doesn’t have money, but you do. If you can’t deal with a temper tantrum for saying no then you need to man the fuck up!

But no, this is about evil terrible Marvel characters. Oh my God! A man on fire! What are we teaching our children?! The Human Torch has been around since World War 2 (well, in various forms). Oh and this toy promotion was done some 15 years ago when these idiots yelling about it probably wanted the toys for themselves. OH MY. If you are incapable of teaching your child what is fact or fiction, you are a fucking nut job. While we’re at it, I blame Archie Comics for giving me a false impression of high school life. I thought for sure some red-headed guy was going to fall for me and another girl at the same time. Batman also made me believe my parents were going to be killed in a dark alley and I would have to avenge their deaths. That didn’t happen either, so fuck you DC.

What it boils down to is some irresponsible parenting, which is 99.9% of the time always the case.

-Lauren

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2 Responses to “I’m loving it!”

  1. Mr. Zipper Says:

    I have a 4 year old daughter who has never eaten at a McDonalds. Unfortunately, many of the kids at her pre-school have. She came home from pre-school recently and asked to go to McDonalds. I asked her why. She responded that some kids were talking about it and they have toys there.

    So there you have it. I used to poo-poo the notion of banning toys in meals. But now have first hand experience that this truly does lure in kids.

    BTW, my daughter still has never been to a McDonalds. 🙂

  2. Girls with Comics Says:

    It does, but again your 4 year old doesn’t have the money! You did the right thing. MgNuggets are the devil.

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