I'm curious...those of you who think the lawsuit should be tossed: Would you feel the same way about, say, cigarette companies advertising to children? Back in the early 1960s, they used to show Fred Flintstone smoking Winston cigarettes during the commercial breaks. And as recently as the 1990s, there was the whole controversy about Joe Camel. I'm just wondering if you think there is a clear distinction between that and McDonald's, and if so, what that distinction is. Or do you think that the cigarette advertising should be legal as well?
Not trying to bait, I'm genuinely curious. I really don't have an opinion on the McDonald's case yet, but in any case it doesn't sound like an open-and-shut frivolous lawsuit to me.
I guess the main distinction (at least from my perspective) is that cigarettes are illegal for minors to consume, and McDonald's isn't. But that's a bit shaky of a defense IMO, because the plaintiffs are not alleging that McDonald's tried to get them to break the law by advertising their toys...only that McDonald's tried to get them addicted by advertising their toys.
Last edited by Kandahar; 06-23-10 at 06:38 PM.
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I find it funny that they are suing McDonald's. I would personally blame the parents for letting their children eat so much junk. I don't have kids of my own but I take care of kids a lot and the one thing you have to learn is to be the boss. It's okay to let them get their way every once in awhile but you need to be firm and make them understand that your word is final, and tears don't sway you. If the parents let their kids have a happy meal every time the kid screams for one then it's not McDonald's fault. Just like if an Alcoholic buys beer from a store, is it somehow the stores fault? Pretty sure the responsibility lies with the person.
Last edited by Frozengale; 06-23-10 at 08:20 PM.
Not everyone who watches cartoons are children and most likely it was done to get the adults to buy smokes.Back in the early 1960s, they used to show Fred Flintstone smoking Winston cigarettes during the commercial breaks
Distinction? McDonalds= food/legal for everyone to enjoy ,Cigarettes =tobacco/nicotine/not legal for minors.And as recently as the 1990s, there was the whole controversy about Joe Camel. I'm just wondering if you think there is a clear distinction between that and McDonald's, and if so, what that distinction is.
Cigarette advertising should be legal.Or do you think that the cigarette advertising should be legal as well?
Unless McDonalds puts crack n their food or put doses of nicotine in it, food is not addictive. A child simply liking a cheeseburger and fries or a cheese burger and apple slices is not a sign of addiction but merely the fact the child finds those things tasty..only that McDonald's tried to get them addicted by advertising their toys
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Yes, they can go out and play, and while they are playing they will receive junk food gifts on a daily basis in the playground. Everybody gives kids candy. Even the shop staff hand it out, when parents take their kids to the supermarket, restaruant staff hand it out...
And, yes I know already that there are lots of parents who consider themselves to be perfect, and claim to not feel any pressure from advertising and society, and that they will have all the perfect solutions to share about how the other less perfect parents can make themselves and their own kids perfect too. And, just because I feel like having a childish moment, I say ''Liar Liar, pants on fire'', to those parents.
PS. The law suits are ridiculous though. Parents should not blame everything their kids do, on things like McDonalds. Though advertiseing makes it more difficult for parents to guide their kids, it does not make it impossible.