Couldn’t resist this one — a story from the AP wire about a lawsuit against Nickelodeon and others for advertising what the parents consider to be non-healthy food on their network. One of the plaintiffs, one Sherri Carlson said she tries her best to get her three kids to eat healthy foods. “But then they turn on Nickelodeon and see all those enticing junk-food ads,” Carlson said. “Adding insult to injury, we enter the grocery store and see our beloved Nick characters plastered on all those junk snacks and cereals.”
Oh, the horror.
We have to wonder: Are Ms. Carlson and the other plaintiff/parents completely powerless? If their kids want to eat food they consider unhealthy, can they not say “no”? At some level, doesn’t personal responsibility and responsible parenting come into play? Welcome to the Nanny State.
In any event, Nickelodeon and the other defendants will pay a hefty price in legal fees fighting this asinine lawsuit, and no doubt there will be more. These are shallow claims in search of deep pockets and they’ve found them. Lawsuits run amok. Maybe the plaintiffs ought to spend a little money themselves and try some basic parenting classes.
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