Friday, March 2, 2007

Gimme Two Boxes of Thin Mints Please!!

After reading this press release from Meme Roth I didn't know whether to laugh or to shake my head in disgust. The press release calls for a Girl Scout Cookies Boycott by the National Action Against Obesity. Their president, MeMe Roth, stated that the Girl Scouts are adding to the current Crisis of Obesity, and says:
Girl Scouts of the USA have a flawed business model in direct conflict with their posted mission statement -- 'Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.' "Profiting off cookies -- it's the wrong message, the wrong product and the wrong era. Girl Scouts have an economic, medical and moral imperative to dump junk food as their $700 million fundraising source. NAAO would like the Girl Scouts to commit to a 5-year plan transitioning away from junk food as the organization's primary fundraiser," continued Roth.
Katherine Mangu-Ward did a great job of editorializing the press release, with her piece "Girl Scouts Want You To Die". She says:
Scapegoating particular foods or companies (remember the lawsuit blaming McDonalds for obesity?) isn't a sensible approach. There isn't a single man, woman, or child in America who thinks that Thin Mints are slimming, name notwithstanding. Adorable salesgirls in knee socks are not tricking buyers or leading them down the garden path, most people just buy a box or two of nostalgic cookies once a year for kicks. They know what they're getting.
I think the only thing that would make me think twice about buying a box of "Thanks A Lot" or "Peanut Butter Sandwiches" would be the ever rising price (now up to $4 a box!!), but the Aron household will not be joining in this "Girl-cot".

My daughter calls people like Meme Roth "Fun-Suckers" - those of course are people who like to suck the fun out of everything.


Tamara said...

They are 'fun-suckers!' (Great word, BTW).

It's ironic that all this indignation comes just as the Girl Scouts have announced that their cookies will no longer have trans fats. Wooo hooo! More Samoas for me, please!

Dana said...

Courage...confidence...character...I think raising your own money is the perfect way to teach those skills. I presume the author of the boycott would prefer the model used by that Seattle school which made legos common property and regulated the size and shape of building to conform to the same standard?

ot, and I don't know why this was sent to me, but I immediately thought of you.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Oh, for heavens' sake!

I am going out now to buy a few more boxes of GS cookies!
(We bought some from the little girl up the street already--she came in jeans and a cute GS sweatshirt, by the way).
It will be my "purimspiel" answer to this ridiculous level of PC.

These "fun suckers" want us all to die for lack of enjoyment and fun. My daughter calls them "politically correct puritans." She says that they lay awake at night worried that somebody somewhere is having a good time.