In a victory for food freedom lovers everywhere, a Superior Court judged dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI, a.k.a the Food Police) on behalf of California mother, Monet Parham, who alleges that McDonald’s is “getting into my kids’ heads without my permission and actually changing what my kids want to eat.”
Is she serious? If you think she’s making it sound like McDonald’s is the next evil villain in the latest sci-fi flick, be very afraid because she’s not alone! According to the LA Times, Michael F. Jacobson, CSPI’s executive director, released a statement Thursday suggesting that the very use of toys in the Happy Meal is simply a ploy to lure kids to unhealthy fast food and is “a predatory practice” that involves “unscrupulous marketing techniques.”
The judge did not give a reason for dismissing the suit, but all one needs to do is listen to the ridiculous rhetoric spewed forth by this organization to understand where the judge was coming from. CSPI has a long history of starting high-profile campaigns aimed at decreasing consumer freedom and increasing government control.
To counteract CSPI’s absurdity, McDonald’s released a statement saying,
“We are proud of our Happy Meals and will vigorously defend our brand, our reputation and our food,” spokeswoman Danya Proud said. “We stand on our 30-year track record of providing a fun experience for kids and families at McDonald’s.”
We are glad that this California judge was able to look past the smoke and mirrors to see what this really was… a vain attempt to shift blame away from the individual and onto a corporation. At what point does personal responsibility, or in this case parental responsibility, kick in?
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