This weekend while catching up on blogs I ran across this post from Mo. Basically she found an article that bunch of people want McDonald’s mascot, Ronald McDonald, gone because they claim that he’s seducing children into wanting to eat meaty cheeseburgers and greasy french fries.
**WARNING: WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY IS NOT SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE GOING TO AGREE WITH!**
Here is my opinion; this is absolute bull-crap! YES! Bull crap! We live in a country that allows our businesses to freely market in an effort to make a profit. This applies to small one person businesses all the way to huge multinational corporations like McDonald’s. If I ever have my own business I want to be able to market myself to make a profit too! Marketing is what entices all of us to buy products and keep our businesses and economy afloat. With that said, I do think rules need to be put into place to safeguard against FALSE marketing/advertising. But I do not think that getting rid of Ronald McDonald is any way shape or form contributing to the childhood obesity problem facing our country! Not at all!
When I was a kid and when my parents were kids, junk food existed, toys were in the bottom of cereal boxes, sugar cereals were marketed during Saturday morning cartoons, and Ronald McDonald existed! Here’s the thing, in my household my parents were BOSS; not me. I did not make the rules, my parents did! When I was 7 years old I didn’t have the ability to grocery shop for myself or drive myself to a fast food restaurant. Therefore, if I wanted a sugar cereal or cookies or a happy meal I had to ask my parents and my parents had NO PROBLEMS saying no. Plain and simple…no. Did my brother and I throw fits and make scenes in grocery stores? No. Why? Because we knew we would get into trouble. We were disciplined, we were happy and we were kids, but we knew our place. In my opinion that is no longer the case in households today. I feel like kids make the rules.
I think parents should say NO. McDonald’s should not be held responsible for using Ronald McDonald as their mascot. That is absurd! Promoting Keebler cookies during Saturday morning cartoons…go for it! As a parent you should be able to say NO! When did kids make the rules? Parents rule and kids drool…sorry but that is how it should be!
Like I said, I know my opinion is definitely not shared by all (including Keith…he totally disagrees with me on this one) But I want to hear your opinions! I always like it when people have other opinions from my own because it allows me to see other sides and perspectives and be a more open-minded person. So don’t worry about disagreeing with me! 🙂
What do you think?
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