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(CNN)   Activist whiners demand that Burger King remove Star Wars-themed Kids Meals because ROTS is rated PG-13 (pics)   (money.cnn.com) divider line 256
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2005-05-24 02:58:51 PM  
Your kids aren't my problem. You wanna make them my problem? I'll deal with them...accordingly, since you obviously can't.
 
2005-05-24 02:59:07 PM  
funktrumpet

Agreed. As I keep saying, parent right, and your kids will be fine. These groups are full of lazy asses that can't control their own children and like to point fingers at other possible causes for their uncontrollable behavior.
 
2005-05-24 02:59:36 PM  

I have no problem with groups like this existing. However, they'd serve a much better purpose if they were simply warning parents about situations like this, not trying to push their views on everyone else.


Don't get me wrong, I think the whole thing is asinine. If an organization wants to notify parents who care about marketing of a PG-13 movie to young kids, fine. If that same organization tries to force removal of that campaign, there's a problem.


Since when did parenting become the responsibility of organizations? As parents, can't we make our own informed decisions about what to allow or not allow our children see?

 
2005-05-24 03:01:12 PM  
 
2005-05-24 03:02:19 PM  
A year ago at least half a dozen institutions implored me to take my kids to see a rated R movie made by Mad Mel. They haven't said much about Vader, Inc.
 
2005-05-24 03:02:44 PM  
Colgate
rodeofrog,
If you were a parent you would understand the not so subtle difference. True, the toy store is stocked full of violent toys. However, these toys aren't connected to a current running PG-13 movie the likes of which every parent of an 8 year old is in the middle of a battle over why the little ones can't go to the show. It kind of undermines parental authority. Same with mobile phone commercials aimed at pre-teens.


I completely disagree with you. I think rodeofrog had it right with his little example. Why would you not let an 8 year old see a pg-13 rated Star Wars movie? Have you even seen Star Wars? There's no undermining of parental authority in this marketing campaign. If you really believe that, then you should also believe that obviously spun statistic in the article claiming 83% of 800-something parents thought it was inappropriate. Come on now. Think about this.
 
2005-05-24 03:03:24 PM  
Colgate
wrong! I'm sick and farking tired of fighting with my kids over shiat they are encouraged to see/do that is not appropriate for their age. Like the other guy said, it frustrates them and when a kid is frustrated a parent pays.

So because you don't want your kids to see a movie, other peoples' kids shouldn't get toys from a mildly violent movie in their happy meals?
 
2005-05-24 03:03:55 PM  
When did knee-jerk, PC obsessed, liberal activists be replaced by knee-jerk, moral obsessed, conservative activists?

Has the country come full circle?
 
2005-05-24 03:04:23 PM  
Jaboobinator
You should see what my kid did to my precious collection of Matchbox cars. The horror!

Well, if my boy trashes too many of my beloved toys, I'll just let him get his hands on some of the ones that shoot small, spring-loaded projectiles. As anyone in Generation X knows, those things will inevitably fly down your throat and kill you dead.


/The missile launcher on my Battlestar Galactica viper is useless because of that one stupid kid...
 
2005-05-24 03:04:32 PM  
Does anyone here believe that PG-13 movies aren't suited for kids under 13? I saw Jurassic Park before I was 13 and The Matrix before I was 17. I must be maladjusted.

What do you feel about young kids crying because they're scared and ruining the movie for everyone else?
 
2005-05-24 03:05:43 PM  
PG-13 means parental guidance recommended for kids under 13. GUIDANCE! Not, don't let the little f*ckers see it. GUIDEANCE!

It means do you're frigging job as a parent, talk to your kids about it and throw your hand over their eyes if a boob flashes across the screen.
 
BN0
2005-05-24 03:06:01 PM  
I'm an American! I must be protected at all times in case I make a bad decision. If this level of protection fails me, I must have someone convenient to blame as soon my decision proves to be a bad one.

/Hell in a handbasket I tell you!!
//Send me back to 1972.
///That is all.
 
2005-05-24 03:06:02 PM  
TotallyHeadless -

These are the Liberals.......they want Government to butt into every aspect of everyones lives.
 
2005-05-24 03:06:07 PM  
And guess what, this exact same group has no problem with The Passion.

http://www.religioustolerance.org/chrgibson6.htm

Search for "Dove Foundation". Although they strongly recommend "The Passion," they have withheld the Dove seal of approval. Spokesperson Dick Rolfe told Associated Press: "There's some pretty extreme violence in the film, and parents should consider their children's maturity and ability to handle it before they invite them to come along."

Nanny state liberals my ass. These are nutso Religious Righters.
 
2005-05-24 03:06:25 PM  
I hate activists.
 
2005-05-24 03:06:37 PM  
My typing is teh suck today, don't mind me.
 
2005-05-24 03:06:47 PM  
Why TF CAN'T kids see this show??
There's nothing in it that a child shouldn't be able to watch!!

I saw it!
 
2005-05-24 03:08:18 PM  
lukelightning

I can't remember the last time I saw a movie and that didn't happen. The point is, Americans need to be better parents and know what their kids can and can't handle. Preview the movie yourself before exposing your rugrat to it, and don't take your kids to see movies that start at 9 pm, because they will get tired and scream more.
 
2005-05-24 03:08:46 PM  
Lord Nimon
The kids shouldn't see the movie, so allowing them to play with the toys will only frustrate them.

You're no better than those fools trying to tell everyone how to raise their kids. Why on earth shouldn't they be able to see the movie? And yes, I have four well-adjusted children.
 
2005-05-24 03:09:12 PM  
GIJoeBob

Man, that picture send chills down my spine every time... And yet I can't look away.
 
2005-05-24 03:09:39 PM  
Ratings are there to give parents a heads-up, NOT to determine who should/shouldn't see the movie based on age.

Parents today, most of 'em are spineless lazy paranoid f*cks. THAT is the damned problem. Learn to do your damned job.

To all you good parents here on Fark, please do let someone know when they're being a crappy parent.
 
2005-05-24 03:10:13 PM  
I hate idiots who think there's something unnatural about a child seeing part of the human body.
What morons.
 
2005-05-24 03:10:49 PM  
This goes in the "yeah, right" category. Anyone who seriously thinks a fast-food giant is going to pull the plug on Star Wars merchandising rights during the heady days of the most anticipated chapter in the franchise probably also believes in the tooth fairy.

Sure, ROTS is most likely too intense for young kids, but this is easily handled with the following revolutionary parenting method: "Sorry, son. You can see it when you're older." If BK wants to hand him a Yoda toy to chew on and bury in the meantime, more power to them.

Would I be so cavalier about similar marketing for other inappropriate-for-kids products? Of course not, but it isn't Marlboro Lights we're talking about here, it's Star Wars.

/has a 5-year-old
//saw "A New Hope" when I was his age
///watched it with him two weeks ago
 
2005-05-24 03:10:56 PM  
Who has been scarred for life by a movie?
 
2005-05-24 03:11:01 PM  
palexc

Said the exact same thing further above. Lazy farkers that can't control their children will find anyone else to blame.
 
2005-05-24 03:11:53 PM  
 
2005-05-24 03:11:55 PM  
Well with the violent reaction to colgate, I'd say he wins the troll award for this thread. Unless he's serious and then I suggest someone out there help him win a darwin award. Eventually you'll find something he'll agree to and the future will be safer.

Remember kill a retard today, and prevent the spread of retardation.
 
2005-05-24 03:12:17 PM  
Surprised this hasn't been posted yet.

 
2005-05-24 03:12:42 PM  
If I recall correctly, not all Star Wars movies were rated PG-13.
 
2005-05-24 03:12:54 PM  
THREAD OVER. DEATH MY MISADVENTURE WINS HANDS DOWN.
 
2005-05-24 03:13:37 PM  
McBun:

Does anyone here believe that PG-13 movies aren't suited for kids under 13? I saw Jurassic Park before I was 13 and The Matrix before I was 17. I must be maladjusted.

Thank you. Does everyone need to let the government make their movie watching decisions? It's no secret that MPAA ratings are biased, and movies that show one nipple in a non-sexual manner get rated XXX, while Last Action Hero and other movies with scenes of near-gratuitous violence get PG-13's. How about you decide for yourself based on the movie and your child's maturity level as to what age is appropriate? If you don't want your child exposed to it, then don't take them to see the movie and don't take them to Burger King either. Parenting is your responsibility, not the watchdog group du jour. Don't ruin it for the rest of us.
 
2005-05-24 03:14:14 PM  
ferretman,

Conservatives tend to get involved with influencing what people can and cannot do with their bodies (drugs, prostitution, man-love)

Liberals tend to get involved with influencing what people can and cannot do with their money (through taxes to give to certain causes).

The "save the children" activists, though, come from both groups.
 
2005-05-24 03:14:59 PM  
mofroe: I have nothing but contempt for people that think they know best for everyone else.

Thanks for the new addition to my email sig generator :o)
 
2005-05-24 03:15:22 PM  
idiotisborn: Who has been scarred for life by a movie?

Lord of the Flies might have been solely responsable for all my mental problems. Or at least one or two of them.

Young kids definatly shouldn't see ultra violence untill they can deal with cartoon violence, ya know.

Oh well, I guess in the long run its a good thing for the fat kids with glasses. They won that round, no contest. Stupid fat kids with glasses.
 
2005-05-24 03:16:40 PM  
GoodyearPimp 1. Kids are seeing R-rated movies. 13-year olds. 10 year olds. 8 year olds. Younger. I've seen them there -- with "guardian".

Exactly. Hell, I saw True Lies when I was 6, and i'm not blowing people's brains out or sitting in dark hotel rooms watching Jamie Lee Curtis strip. Though I wouldn't mind the last one.
 
2005-05-24 03:17:28 PM  
seanmc42:

I hate idiots who think there's something unnatural about a child seeing part of the human body.


I don't recall any boobies in ROTS, however there's one Twi'lek Jedi during the sequence where Order 66 is given that was SMOKING hot. Even for an alien. Pops.
 
2005-05-24 03:17:31 PM  
Colgate, seriously, maybe you should read some books on parenting or discipline, or receive some military training or something.

Parenting is not hard, and the 8 and 10 years olds are easier to deal with than the 4 and 6 year olds. The older they get, the easier it is for them to understand the "why" factor. Do some research, learn, live.
 
2005-05-24 03:19:07 PM  
Holy sweet mother of God this is asinine. Why in the hell can't you idjit parents take care of your own damed children?
 
2005-05-24 03:19:15 PM  
dmbfan: 2005-05-24 03:12:17 PM dmbfan

nice
 
2005-05-24 03:19:22 PM  
Colgate:

I'm sick and farking tired of fighting with my kids over shiat they are encouraged to see/do that is not appropriate for their age. Like the other guy said, it frustrates them and when a kid is frustrated a parent pays.

Parenting isn't easy. Shouldn't have had them if you can't handle it.
 
2005-05-24 03:19:53 PM  
Wow, who would have thought a movie with "Wars" in the title could have violent imagery.
 
2005-05-24 03:20:13 PM  
cyberlost: Consumers need to speak up.

That's just it, consumerism has blinded people to the stupidity all around them.
 
2005-05-24 03:20:23 PM  
ferretman
These are the Liberals.......they want Government to butt into every aspect of everyones lives.

Yeah, except they're not. They're vehement right-wingers who are doing something you disagree with, who are in fact something that you associate with "liberals."

Hold on. Don't panic.

It's ok to have an ideology that doesn't line up 100% with a political party line. In fact, once you get over the initial feelings of fear and insecurity, you might even come to enjoy it.

But be warned! It may lead to questioning things.
 
2005-05-24 03:20:29 PM  
IvyMike
Damn strait, check out this dumb bunch of Star Wars hating liberals. I'll grant you that was some good trolling there chief.

For a laugh read CAP's Sin City review.
 
2005-05-24 03:20:41 PM  
...the meals' target market of children ages 4 to 9.

But what about us nerdy collectors! Has NO ONE thought of OUR needs?!?

/pushed two old ladies and a fat kid over to get the "ultra-rare" Darth Vader toy at a Jonestown BK.
//Not serious
///But you probably know someone like this, don't you?
 
2005-05-24 03:21:01 PM  
Our next goal:



Save our kids from this filth!
 
2005-05-24 03:22:43 PM  
milk_plus: For a laugh read CAP's Sin City review.

Really, based on the title, what do they expect?
 
2005-05-24 03:22:52 PM  
Star Wars - A New Hope
- Slaughtered Jawas
- Charred Aunt and Uncle
- Obi Wan is Evaporated
- Biggs gets blowed up
Star Wars - Empire Strikes back
- Dead Tauntaun slit open
- C3PO blowed up
- Luke loses a hand
- Han gets tortured then becomes TV diner
Star Wars - Return of the Jedi
- Slave girl murdered
- Jabba Stranggled to death
- Multiple folks dropped in Sarlac pit
- Many Dead Ewoks
- Vader loses a hand
- Emperor thrown in the reactor
Star Wars - Phantom menace
- Dead pod racer drivers
- Little boy purchased by stranger
- Gungans die (but not JarJar damn it!)
Star Wars - Attack of the Clones
- Death of Padme look alike
- death of "Mom"
- Slaughter of the Sand People
- Death of the poor critters in the arena
- lots of dead Jedi
- Beheading of Jango Fett
- Anakin loses an arm (Nooooo!)

And these are more appropriate than ROTS how?
 
2005-05-24 03:23:48 PM  
palexc
It means do you're frigging job as a parent, talk to your kids about it and throw your hand over their eyes if a boob flashes across the screen.

Why? Is it because boobs are bad and no one has them? Or is it because seeing a boob, which most of us drank from as an infant, will cause us to immediately fly into a homosexually maniacal serial killer rage? I'm just wondering.
 
2005-05-24 03:24:13 PM  
gnasche
ferretman,

Conservatives tend to get involved with influencing what people can and cannot do with their bodies (drugs, prostitution, man-love)

Liberals tend to get involved with influencing what people can and cannot do with their money (through taxes to give to certain causes).

The "save the children" activists, though, come from both groups.


True to a point. Most "liberals" in Congress (how many true liberals are there in Congress anyway?) won't dream of legalising drugs or prostitution. Most "conservatives" (see point about liberals, applies here too) spend like drunken sailors these days and run up huge deficits, effectively doing one-worse than "liberals" with money (it'll have to be paid back with interest one day).

But these "save the children from society" idiots do come from both sides. I think most are the type to home-school their kids, and most are probably pretty conservative. Focus on the Family, Cap-Alert, etc are all conservative groups. They want more Veggie-Tales and Davie and Goliath type cartoons and less Star Wars. Think Flanders.
 
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