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Mad Mother Complaint - Burger King - Commercial

Review by Mad Mother on 2009-04-15
VIRGINIA -- This commercial is not fitting for children of any age. I also tried to contact Burger King via e-mail. They provide no form of contact. I did find a phone number 305-378-3535. I have four children and usually let them watch cartoons, however when I saw this I was shocked. What are they thinking showing this to our children!!!! What kind of message are they sending that BOOTY, is BOOTY!!!! This is just shocking, what's next... I guess were not safe letting our kids watch anything unattended. I WILL NOT TAKE MY KIDS TO BURGER KING EVER!!!!! McDonalds is fine with me.
Comments:22 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-04-16
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
I agree Star, people that try to impose their views on others just make me boil.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
I'm with you MM. I like SpongeBob, but to aim a commercial like that at kids is over the line. Do your children a favor and stop taking them out for fast junk food, period. It'll do wonders for their longevity.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-04-16:
This whole thing is kind of weird to begin with. Fast food doesn't help the obesity problem here in America, and throwing "sexy" at a product(s) that will make you fat as a pig baffles me..
Posted by Principissa on 2009-04-16:
Fast food should be banned. It's so unhealthy for little kids. One kids meal is half their daily caloric needs and loaded with all sorts of sodium and sugar. I read online somewhere that one kids meal contains an entire days worth of sodium for kids. Nasty. Might as well just give them a salt shaker and tell them to go to town.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-04-16:
I was reading that Quiznos has a 2000 calorie tuna melt!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
Holy mackerel boki that's a lot of calories. You'd expect to find something like that at Carl's Jr. not Quiznos. No wonder Jerrod chose Subway.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
I read today that the Six Dollar burger at Carl's Jr has 144 grams of fat
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-04-16:
OMG@144 grams of fat. That's pretty appalling.

Crabby, Jerod is a smart little cookie. He lost all that weight and then parlayed it into a nice nice career! I saw a little docu. short of him and his cute little wife. Very nice people. He speaks to a lot of kids about eating, and they love him.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
Jerrod lost the weight mostly cause he walked to Subway. The sammiches helped too, but it was the walking that did it
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-04-16:
True yaya. Anytime you see these miracle diet aids on tv if you look fast you'll see the fine print about combining the miracle with exercise and diet. Well fancy that... lol
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
Jerrods pants were hanging in our local Subway for a few months (it was actually a cardboard cut out),damm that boy was huge..Im glad he turned his life around for the better
Posted by knightoftheword on 2009-04-16:
Sadly, I don't think the commercial was aimed at the kids (though it may be over the top), I really think it was aimed at adults who like that type of thing. Now, kids may have been a side benefit for the commercial.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-04-16:
knight, you are correct in that BK is saying that it was aimed at adults and that kids have their own ads...

I'm glad I don't have any young impressionable minds in this house, we can rock out to old one shot wonders rapping w/ spongebob and the king with no worries.. :D

Speaking of which, is there an old song that HASN'T been made into a commercial yet?
Posted by knightoftheword on 2009-04-16:
Rock on Boki! Good point, it does seem like all the old faves have been used in commercials. I thought the commercial was amusing when I saw it, but didn't think twice about young impressionable minds and how they may be affected. I do think that this would be a good opportunity to take a negative and turn it into a positive teaching moment. What I mean by that is that if you believe your kids have seen the commercial, take time to discuss it and discuss what you feel is "wrong" about it. Unfortunately, in this world, your kids will ALWAYS come across negative influences and it is up to the parent to teach the children about these things and what can, should, or should not be done about them. (That is not to say that society and its many negative influences isn't making it that much harder on the parent). However, using the negative influence to teach something positive is a good way to start fighting society's negatives.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
"I guess were (sic) not safe letting our kids watch anything unattended."

SCORE!!!! (ding-ding-ding). Television is an activity involving the parent AND the child. If you want your child to watch TV unaccompanied, buy (and preview) age-appropriate DVDs and let them watch to their heart's content. Real parenting ain't easy...it's hard work. Letting a child watch ANY television alone is like turning them over to a room full of strangers with known questionable values.
Posted by knightoftheword on 2009-04-16:
Doc,
My parents usually monitored what I watched when I was younger but once I was in a hotel room with my best friend and our parents left to get something, I don't remember what. Anyway, I flipped on the T.V. and it's limited channels were fuzzy. I remember getting very close to the T.V. wondering what was on when our parents came back into the room to find that we were watching porn! Oh, believe me, there was ample discussion even though I didn't realize that that was what I was watching. (Hey, maybe that's why I didn't get to see my first pg 13 movie until I was 16!)
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-04-16:
grins @ scrambled porn.

We were also heavily monitored as far as viewing tv was concerned. I loved the Twilight Zone and my parents were constantly turning it off in the middle of the show.

It took me 20 years of waiting to finally finish No Way to Treat a Lady...right at the scariest part off it went. Rod Steiger was great in that, but it was about a serial killer and my parents were determined not to feed my dark-sided viewing habits. :D
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
LOL, knight! When my sibling was 'old enough' to watch me when our parents went out, we used to watch all of the 'forbidden' stuff. It was enough for us to know it was forbidden in our house for us to understand the behavior portrayed was not 'appropriate'.
Posted by Principissa on 2009-04-16:
Okay, here's my million dollar question, hopefully someone will be able to answer this for me.

I've seen this commercial twice now. Once during a dvr'd recording of House, the other during an episode of Family Guy on Adult swim. Both of those shows are ABSOLUTELY inappropriate for young kids. What shows were these people watching when this commercial came on?

The only commercial I've seen regarding this spongebob thing at BK is an idiot dad with a surfboard knocking people over. That was on both Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.

If these people complaining are seeing these commercials on networks that are not specifically catering to children then they have no real reason to complain. That is why there are networks like Cartoon Network, Noggin, PBS, and Nick. They are made for kids specifically. Network television is fair game. Adult Swim on Cartoon Network even has a disclaimer before it even starts stating "not recommended for viewers under 18". Hence the name ADULT SWIM.

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
Princi -- I let my 12 year old watch Family Guy. Are you saying that's wrong? That I'm a bad guardian? :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-16:
I let my 4 year old nephew watch Family Guy, American Dad, King of the Hill, and Simpsons with me. I'm the cool auntie
Posted by Principissa on 2009-04-16:
Crabs both my 8 and 4 year old watched Blue Harvest with me the other night, but then again they also know the difference between t.v. and reality. I'm nacho average momma! Hubby's still mad that the boy kicked his butt in UT. He's been pouting for days.

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