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Red Robin Ad Mocks Vegetarians With 'Teen Phase' Joke. Guess Who's Not Laughing?
yahoo.com ^ | June 18, 2013 | Beth Greenfield

Posted on 06/18/2013 3:00:14 PM PDT by grundle

Are vegetarians humorless? It’s the question being asked this week after a Red Robin television ad offended herbivores by touting its 24 types of burgers and then noting, with an implied eye roll and mock whisper, “We even have a Gardenburger—just in case your teenage daughter is going through a phase.”

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The commercial, part of a new campaign ad series, aired for about a week before being rotated out, as was planned from the start. But it prompted outrage among activists and on social media outlets, with a slew of horrified vegetarians taking the eatery to task for its condescending approach.

“Though I applaud any fast food chain that offers a veggie burger, and I hope that more do, the idea that not eating animals is reserved solely for teenage girls going through a phase is obviously meant to insult both vegans and girls,” Jasmin Singer, executive director of Our Hen House, a New York-based multimedia vegan activism organization, told Yahoo! Shine. “Why is Red Robin insulting the very customers it's reaching out to?”

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) echoed Singer's concerns with an official statement on the matter. "PETA is thrilled that Red Robin has veggie burgers, and we agree with the many comments that the one-liner in the commercial is a bit outdated," it said. "Thirteen percent of the U.S. population now identifies as vegetarian or vegan [according to Public Policy Polling], which is one reason why more and more burger joints and other restaurants continue to add a wider variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes to their menus, including Red Robin, Johnny Rockets, Fuddruckers, Smashburger, and Denny's."

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KEYWORDS: culturewar; dennys; fuddruckers; gardenburger; jasminsinger; johnnyrockets; liberalism; ourhenhouse; peta; redrobin; smashburger; vegans; vegetarianism; vegetarians; weareomnivores
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I'm a vegetarian, and I like their joke. So do the vegetarians in the comment section. I think the writers of these kinds of articles go looking to find people who are offended.
1 posted on 06/18/2013 3:00:14 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

I am not a vegitarian, but I like the joke.


2 posted on 06/18/2013 3:02:47 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: grundle

Did the liberal vegetarians get their feelers hurt by the big bad mean conservative carnivores? Why don’t all the Obama scandals get their panties into a knot? Far worse than that commercial could ever be.


3 posted on 06/18/2013 3:03:22 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: grundle
“Why is Red Robin insulting the very customers it's reaching out to?”

It's insulting the goofy teenaged daughters of the fathers who are picking up the check.

4 posted on 06/18/2013 3:05:10 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: grundle

It’s long been noted that teenage boys crave meat and carbs, so need some attention to make sure they get enough veggies and fruit; and teenage girls tend to prefer veggies and fruit, so it’s important to make sure they get the meat and carbs they need.

Often in the latter case, girls shun meat and carbs, because they do not want to get fat, but some degree of fat is important to their maturity and fertility.


5 posted on 06/18/2013 3:05:12 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: grundle

I tried a veggie-burger at Burger King once.

It tasted vile, even with bacon and cheese.


6 posted on 06/18/2013 3:06:02 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: grundle

I am proud to say I bought three Red Robin burgers last week.

Those who can’t take a joke, well, they can take a long walk.
On a short pier.


7 posted on 06/18/2013 3:07:37 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: grundle

:: Why is Red Robin insulting the very customers it’s reaching out to? ::

That would be because they are not reaching out to vegans or teen-age girls going through a phase.

they are reaching out to parents of those teen-age girls who want a damn good burger without the drama.


8 posted on 06/18/2013 3:08:01 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: grundle

i know a vegetarian and a vegan, and each has a sense of humor... both are men... for what it’s worth...


9 posted on 06/18/2013 3:08:43 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Parmy

Their are vegetarians that have made a dietary choice and their are vegetarians that are saving the world and promoting social justice. Maybe we can find a correlation between these two types and not being or being offended by the ads.


10 posted on 06/18/2013 3:09:13 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (A bad hair day is not a mental issue, or is it?)
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To: Parmy

i have seen the commercial... i didn’t find it funny... it didn’t occur to me it was supposed to be a joke... but i got it... i immediately thought of one of my nieces... i could relate... i didn’t find it offensive...


11 posted on 06/18/2013 3:12:50 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: grundle

12 posted on 06/18/2013 3:12:57 PM PDT by Benito Cereno
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To: DuncanWaring

What a waste of bacon and cheese! ;-)

LLS


13 posted on 06/18/2013 3:14:01 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: ThomasThomas

You are on to something... i think the world-savers are the humorless...


14 posted on 06/18/2013 3:14:31 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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you can tell if the daughter is serious when she has her canine teeth filed down...
15 posted on 06/18/2013 3:14:37 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: DuncanWaring

i enjoyed an excellent angus burger on Father’s Day... with cheese, lettuce, home-grown tomato... and only one bun... wanted to cut back somewhere...


16 posted on 06/18/2013 3:17:04 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: grundle

There is a name for all of the herbivores in the animal kingdom...they are called...”prey”.


17 posted on 06/18/2013 3:19:10 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: grundle

That was a pretty good commercial.
But with Red Robin being anti-gun...

Nope.


18 posted on 06/18/2013 3:27:10 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: grundle
Are vegetarians humorless?

Yes.

19 posted on 06/18/2013 3:40:46 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: grundle
Red Robin was far too subtle. I prefer this approach:


20 posted on 06/18/2013 3:47:25 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: grundle
What the hell are they gonna do? Boycott Red Robin?(Yummmmm)
Oooo...who will THAT inconvenience?
21 posted on 06/18/2013 3:48:08 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tactical Awareness. Use your brain. Then bring the pain.)
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To: grundle

A vegetarian burger? They’re all made of vegetarians!


22 posted on 06/18/2013 3:50:36 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

My sister-in-law is vegetarian, although she does eat meat at family functions to be appeasing. (I still try to make something for her anyway) Her 11 year old daughter craves meat and looks forward to seeing her other Uncle and I. That kid can really put away some meat. I really think there is something to your theory.


23 posted on 06/18/2013 3:57:24 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: grundle
More on Yahoo!: What's Behind the Recent String of Tasteless, Offensive Ads?

"I shipped my pants!"

24 posted on 06/18/2013 3:59:05 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

does this mean red robin is a left wing nutjob free zone?


25 posted on 06/18/2013 4:01:19 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: grundle
...teenage girls going through a phase...

Jasmin Singer, executive director of Our Hen House

Sometimes the jokes just write themselves...

26 posted on 06/18/2013 4:06:41 PM PDT by free-in-nyc (Freeping from the heart of the occupation)
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To: grundle

When are businesses going to ignore the whiners and stick to their guns?


27 posted on 06/18/2013 4:11:19 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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When are businesses going to ignore the whiners and stick to their guns?

Because anti-gun Red Robin doesn't have any guns to stick to.

28 posted on 06/18/2013 4:12:29 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: grundle
"Guess Who's Not Laughing?"


29 posted on 06/18/2013 4:13:29 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: grundle

I like Red Robin, and not for their salads.


30 posted on 06/18/2013 4:22:45 PM PDT by Durbin
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To: Benito Cereno

That’s alright! I’ll make lamb.


31 posted on 06/18/2013 4:27:07 PM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: grundle

I went to a burger joint and the young 20 something waitress asked my how I wanted my burger cooked. I told her, Just walk it out here and I’ll take it from there.” I thought she was gonna hurl. She was not even slightly amused. Tough to be a non-meat eater at a meat establishment.


32 posted on 06/18/2013 4:37:52 PM PDT by big truck
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To: grundle

Have you ever been to a meal where a few of the people are vegetarian, and they go through this, “There’s nothing we can eat, but it’s okay!” routine?

I’ve gone through periods where I didn’t eat meat. I could always find something.


33 posted on 06/18/2013 4:45:20 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Speaker John Boehner (R) no (D) no (R)... has more waffles than IHOP.)
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To: grundle
I think the writers of these kinds of articles go looking to find people who are offended.

Or invent them.

34 posted on 06/18/2013 4:45:57 PM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (#include <std.disclaimers>)
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To: grundle

As someone once said: “If we’re not supposed to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?”


35 posted on 06/18/2013 4:52:15 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: DoughtyOne

My argument is thus; I live a few years longer by depriving myself of meat?
Life is about quality, not quantity.


36 posted on 06/18/2013 5:00:05 PM PDT by coldbluesteel
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To: grundle
OFFENDED over WHAT?

An example of journalism trolling for anyone wanting to feel offended with a BAIT ARTICLE.

37 posted on 06/18/2013 5:04:22 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: grundle
**sigh** The word "outrage" needs to be stricken from the journalistic diet.
38 posted on 06/18/2013 5:06:34 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: grundle
a phase is obviously meant to insult both vegans

Vegans should be insulted. Repeatedly and loudly.

Veganism is a stupid, unnatural, unhealthy and hypocritical way of being a jerk.

Vegetarians I understand but vegans are crazy.

39 posted on 06/18/2013 5:08:51 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: grundle

Liberal vegetarian types (not you) don’t have much of a sense of humor, anyway. Some good juicy red meat might help improve their outlook.


40 posted on 06/18/2013 5:44:53 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: latina4dubya

Hey, were you at my inlaws’ cookout? They had Angus burgers also! I had mine with lots of mustard and onion.


41 posted on 06/18/2013 5:47:04 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: grundle

Vegetarians have an IQ 20 points lower than normal people, according to a British study.


42 posted on 06/18/2013 6:07:36 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: coldbluesteel

I hear ya. I think some of us do eat too much meat, could cut down. Still, I think some meat is good.


43 posted on 06/18/2013 6:16:16 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Speaker John Boehner (R) no (D) no (R)... has more waffles than IHOP.)
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To: DuncanWaring

LOL!


44 posted on 06/18/2013 6:53:25 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: grundle

It’s funny. As a vegetarian, I meet a lot of ex-veggies who tried it for awhile and gave up.

As for Red Robin, most of them are like Chuck E Cheez without the mouse. I disliked the food even when I did eat meat. The burgers still had the whip marks from where the jockey hit it.


45 posted on 06/18/2013 6:57:33 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: DuncanWaring
I tried a veggie-burger at Burger King once.

It tasted vile, even with bacon and cheese.

Isn't the idea of a veggie-burger with bacon somewhat, I don't know, self-contradictory? :=)

46 posted on 06/18/2013 7:04:58 PM PDT by Bob
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That’s half the fun.

I use that story to help distinguish who’s got half a clue and who’s brain dead.


47 posted on 06/18/2013 7:07:54 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Ha... are they in North Carolina?


48 posted on 06/18/2013 9:40:28 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: socal_parrot

My teenage daughter would probably take offense - although I think she IS going through a “phase”. She quit eating bacon from about 10-13 years old, then started again and “forgot how great it was”. Now at 15 she hasn’t eaten meat for about 6 months. She says she would, but she can’t stand the taste of it. (Who knows?!) But if you mention it as a “phase” she’ll get all mad.

We ARE having a hard time getting her enough protein. Peanut butter, cashews, protein bars and grilled cheese sandwiches only go so far. And she won’t eat beans and rice. I’m guessing if she goes on much longer we really need to get serious and making sure she has a proper diet as a vegetarian. Any books/ resources that you might recommend?


49 posted on 06/18/2013 10:26:19 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: grundle

“I think the writers of these kinds of articles go looking to find people who are offended.”

I dunno... It might be revealed later that the company’s ownership is conservative. You know, so they can be destroyed.


50 posted on 06/19/2013 4:23:14 AM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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