PETA has a new ad. Why it's not insulting at all!
I was eating pancakes and maple syrup in the kitchen not fifteen minutes ago and thinking about getting out of my pyjamas and wondering about whether or not marigold is a real colour when a woman on the Orla Barry show caught my attention by uttering this line...'feeding your child meat is tantamount to child abuse.'
'Pgtgtg totottt!' I said.
Then I swallowed.
'BLoody PETA!' I said instead.
For it was true, Peta have released a new ad, basically it shows the image of a fat boy about to tuck into a big greasy burger with 'FEEDING KIDS MEAT IS CHILD ABUSE!' under the photo. It is true too, the woman on the radio said it!
I sat astounded while this woman repeated her claims. Children should not be fed meat, it is the same as giving them cigarettes or alcohol. It is curel, it is child abuse.
Orla Barry, sounding as irked as Orla has ever sounded, made her say this twice. Alcohol and cigarettes people.
Then a nutritionist came on and said that meat is a very good source of protein and iron and that lean meat is a very staple part of a balanced diet.
Miss Peta went, 'pfft, I consider that to be a head in the sand type of thought.'
Then Barnados came on, being a charity that deal with real abused children and all, and they were terribly offended that Peta was making light of the word abuse. Do Peta care? Do they ...
'Drastic times call for drastic measures.' Miss Peta snapped. Oh she's right up there on the moral springboard, and with delightful soundbites too.
Here are some of the snippets to accompany the ad...
"As a parent, you love your children. You want them to live full, productive and happy lives. So isn’t it about time you stopped feeding them a diet which leads them down the path of misery, morbid obesity and playground mockery? Feeding children meat is child abuse. Stuffing your kids full of burgers and bangers will not only make them fat and lethargic – it may also set them up for a host of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and several types of cancer. In fact, kids as young as 3 have shown signs of clogging in their arteries!"
There you have it folks, if you feed your kid a chicken salad you might as well put your cigarette out his or her arm, you're a bad parent. Sausages and mashed potato? Hope you do it behind closed doors. Chilli con carne? Swear the kid to keep it just between you, okay.
Stupid feckless parents, don't y'all feel bad now?
I really really hate Peta, but I love when they do campaigns like this one because it shows them up to be the bigoted extremist shower of nutjobs that I know them to be. Huzzah, here is a gun, now go shoot yourself in the other foot with it and be done.