Skip to comments.Red Robin Ad Mocks Vegetarians With 'Teen Phase' Joke. Guess Who's Not Laughing?
Posted on 06/18/2013 3:00:14 PM PDT by grundle
Are vegetarians humorless? Its 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 Gardenburgerjust 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that Red Robin has veggie burgers, and we agree with the many comments that the one-liner in the commercial is a bit outdated," it said.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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I am not a vegitarian, but I like the joke.
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.
It's insulting the goofy teenaged daughters of the fathers who are picking up the check.
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.
I tried a veggie-burger at Burger King once.
It tasted vile, even with bacon and cheese.
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.
:: 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.
i know a vegetarian and a vegan, and each has a sense of humor... both are men... for what it’s worth...
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.
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...
What a waste of bacon and cheese! ;-)
You are on to something... i think the world-savers are the humorless...
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...
There is a name for all of the herbivores in the animal kingdom...they are called...”prey”.
That was a pretty good commercial.
But with Red Robin being anti-gun...
A vegetarian burger? They’re all made of vegetarians!
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.
"I shipped my pants!"
does this mean red robin is a left wing nutjob free zone?
Jasmin Singer, executive director of Our Hen House
Sometimes the jokes just write themselves...
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.
I like Red Robin, and not for their salads.
That’s alright! I’ll make lamb.
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.
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.
Or invent them.
As someone once said: “If we’re not supposed to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?”
My argument is thus; I live a few years longer by depriving myself of meat?
Life is about quality, not quantity.
An example of journalism trolling for anyone wanting to feel offended with a BAIT ARTICLE.
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.
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.
Hey, were you at my inlaws’ cookout? They had Angus burgers also! I had mine with lots of mustard and onion.
Vegetarians have an IQ 20 points lower than normal people, according to a British study.
I hear ya. I think some of us do eat too much meat, could cut down. Still, I think some meat is good.
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.
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? :=)
That’s half the fun.
I use that story to help distinguish who’s got half a clue and who’s brain dead.
Ha... are they in North Carolina?
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?
“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.
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