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that Red Robin has veggie burgers, and we agree with the many comments that the one-liner in the commercial is a bit outdated," it said.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...
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