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The N-Word in the Supermarket

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If you have ever strolled through a supermarket with a 4-year-old, you probably have seen evidence that familiar cartoon characters help attract children to food products. Even if you never go shopping with preschoolers, you might surmise that food companies spend $200 million or so on character licensing and related promotional efforts each year because they expect some sort of payoff. Researchers at Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity nevertheless decided an experiment was necessary to reassure cereal, cookie, and ice cream manufacturers that they are not wasting their money when they purchase the right to stick Dora the Explorer or Scooby Doo on their packages.

In the study, reported today on the website of the journal Pediatrics, 40 4-to-6-year-olds sampled "3 pairs of identical foods (graham crackers, gummy fruit snacks, and carrots) presented in packages either with or without a popular cartoon character." When asked which graham cracker they would choose in the future, 88 percent of the kids pointed to the one in the package with a sticker showing a cartoon character (Shrek, Scooby Doo, or Dora the Explorer); the corresponding figure was 85 percent for gummy snacks and 73 percent for carrots. The subjects were also inclined to say the cartoon-associated products tasted better, although the differences were small (and essentially nonexistent in the case of carrots). Predictably, the researchers conclude that their findings demonstrate the need to censor food promotion:

Our results provide evidence that licensed characters can influence children's eating habits negatively by increasing positive taste perceptions and preferences for junk foods….Our findings suggest that the use of licensed characters on junk food packaging should be restricted. More than advocating the use of licensed characters for healthy foods, our findings point to the need to regulate and curtail the use of this marketing approach for high-energy, low-nutrient products.

In truth, however, the study does not provide any evidence that "licensed characters can influence children's eating habits negatively." Since it was limited to comparisons between otherwise identical products, it suggests that Dora the Explorer is an asset in distinguishing your brand of graham crackers or gummy fruit snacks from the other guy's. It does not address, let alone answer, the question of how much blame, if any, Dora deserves for the fact that kids generally prefer graham crackers and gummy fruit snacks to carrots. It is entirely possible that cartoon characters are effective tools in brand competition (and therefore worth the money that companies invest in them) yet have no discernible impact on the overall quality of children's diets.

Leaving that issue aside, the case for censoring food marketing to protect children is still missing a crucial link. "What is unique about children at this age," a pediatrician tells HealthDay, "is that although they have fairly advanced cognitive skills and short-term and long-term memory in place, they do not have the ability to be skeptical about the messages they are receiving." If only we could assign adults to protect children from the impact of these nefarious messages, either by teaching them to be skeptical or by guiding their consumption. It's too bad that so many 5-year-olds have unsupervised use of cars and credit cards, roaming supermarkets freely and filling their carts with unhealthy, tooth-rotting, obesity-promoting crap.

The study's authors have heard of parents, but they portray them as helpless against the onslaught of green ogres and brown Great Danes. "Parents can't do a whole lot," the lead researcher tells ABC News. "They have to go to the grocery store, and they have to shop." Evidently, they also have to buy every cartoon-covered product their children demand.

I do the grocery shopping for my family, and I am often accompanied by our two younger daughters, who are 4 and 7. They do notice cartoon characters on packages and sometimes ask me to buy those products. But turning down such requests does not rank very high on the list of parental challenges, and it never ceases to amaze me that food nannies can pretend it does with a straight face.

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  1. My kids don’t buy their own food, lacking the means.

    1. In other words, I agree with Jacob. The kids do, on rare occasion, get something like Wonderpets Beer, but that’s a rare event.

      1. I tasted my first beer at the age of 4 when my grandmother gave me a sip from her can. It tasted so bad that I did not drink beer again until my 21st birthday party.

        1. As much bullshit as the “Joe Camel makes teh chilrens smoke” jihad of a previous decade.

          Your government inaction.

          1. I love taking my kids grocery shopping with me. I can say “no” all day long. I also enjoy saying it repeatedly, just to watch them go nuts with deprivation. (I’m not a complete Shreck ogre, I will get them a treat, providing they haven’t behaved like ogres.)

            All I can conclude from these studies is that pediatric researchers are the shittiest parents in the history of mankind. So shitty, in fact, that it behooves us as a species to cull their genetic code from the herd.

            1. Really, people, embrace your patria potest?s and rule your children in the authoritarian manner. Politics and family life should not be confused.

              1. As I tell my 3-yo and his as yet uncomprehending 20-mo brother, “This is not a democracy, and even if it was, you’re in the minority and too young to vote.”

                It’s such a simple sound, easy to utter, I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for so many parents to master. “No”

                Granted, there are books which explicitly instruct parents NOT to use the word “no”, as it quashes the poor child’s spirit.

                Pish tosh, I say.

              2. I don’t see anything authoritarian about telling my children that I intend to spend my money on the food choices I want to spend it on.

                If they strenuously object, they are free to get a job and buy whatever crap to eat they desire.

                1. Oh, I constantly hear that “You’re mean,” for not letting them do this or get that. Yep, I reply, that’s my job. I sometimes laugh maniacally after. Never pass up a chance to mock your children.

                  If it were up to my kids, it would be ice cream, turkey bacon and frozen waffles at every meal.

                  1. If it were up to my kids, it would be ice cream, turkey bacon and frozen waffles at every meal.

                    Your kids have no taste.

                  2. Do they even know what actual bacon tastes like?

                  3. I’ve been telling my 13 year old for years that my job as Mom consists of 3 things:
                    deciding what food we will buy; checking his homework; and embarassing him in public (by cheering too loud for him at sporting events or performances). I lived through my mother doing these things, he will damn well live through it too.

                  4. Given the chance, my 3 yo would live on mac n cheese, hot dogs, apples, and strawberries.

                    1. One could do worse!

                    2. apples and strawberries aren’t bad choices.

                      my kid would live on fish, raspberries, strawberries, ice cream, cookies and candy.

                    3. I am very grateful for the apples and strawberries.

                      I can’t get a green bean to pass his lips to save my live.

              3. A certain troll on here needs to learn that lesson.

            2. You’re missing the point see. The colors can’t control their savage children. They are too stupid and the children too fleet footed.

              1. Which colors? Blue? Orange? Those infrareds always did seem shiftless.

                1. All of you are missing the point:

                  It doesn’t matter how well you do your job as parents… the government can do it better.

        2. That was similar to my own first exposure to beer and wine — and coffee, and cigarettes for that matter. The elders let me try — indeed, they encouraged me to take a big puff or swallow — and then they watched with twinkling eyes for the inevitable “YUCCCH” reaction. Kept me quiet for years, and inoculated me against a lot of peer pressure, because I could actually say that I had tried these “forbidden” things and that it was my own strong opinion that they tasted awful.

          I never did learn to smoke cigarettes (though I once shared a Cuban cigar with father-in-law and grandfather-in-law, and liked it well enough, but not enough to pick up the cigar habit). I did cultivate a taste for wine and beer, though. Beer I started drinking late in high school. Except for sips of champagne on New Years’ Eve, I didn’t try wine until I had a wine-drinking girlfriend in college. (She also smoked, and, as much as I was fond of her, I must admit that kissing her tasted like smooching an ashtray. Wine helped that situation.)

          Anyway, I believe in the “initiation/inoculation” approach. If kids can get the truth firsthand about “forbidden” substances in a safe environment, they can make up their own minds and better stand up to peer pressure (or be able to help out their peers when the latter get into trouble). Here, too, parents have a key, central role, to create the “safe” circumstances in which kids can become exposed to dangerous activities in ways that empower them to make good choices, and build the safety-nets that will catch them when they cut loose and lose control. Truly, this is the parents’ call and nobody else’s.

          1. I don’t think my kids will pick up smoking, they have a pronounced aversion today (who knows about later), but I do plan on introducing wine at meals when they turn 14 or so.

            Manipulate rebellion, I say.

          2. “kissing her tasted like smooching an ashtray”

            Only someone who has never smooched an ashtray would say that.

        3. I loved the taste of my dad’s Hamm’s when I was a kid. As an adult I can’t stand beer.

  2. TEH CHILDRUN!

  3. My infant son often goes to the 24hr supermarket while my wife and I sleep.

    1. Dora is so insidious!

      1. “And so I ask you this one question. Have you ever tried simply turning off the TV, sitting down with your children, and hitting them?”

        1. daily

      2. You know, Dora is sort of dusky, but I have never heard anyone say “Get me some of those graham crackers that are endorsed by the [n-word] girl” when buying products endorsed by her.

        But I live in the suburbs in MN. Maybe it is different in the big cosmopolitan cities.

        1. obviously you’ve never watched Dora the Explorer – she’s hispanic, the show mixes English with Spanish so the kiddies can learn a foreign language. I’ve suspected she’s an illegal —

          1. No, if she were illegal she wouldn’t SHOUT SO DAMN MUCH!

            “Dora’s bad!” my son says, while I beam in pride. I’m all for teaching languages, but let’s do it with our inside voices, hmmmm?

          2. Don’t you mean that she’s an

            Undocumented educational assistant.

  4. And its ALWAYS for JUNK food! YOu never see endorsements like that for healthy foods!

    Lou
    http://www.anonymity.au.tc

    1. LOL, that makes a lot of sense, dude.

    2. Popeye used to endorse spinach. Now his name is associated with greasy fried chicken and seasoned fries. Et tu, sailorman?

    3. I suspect that’s because children won’t eat broccoli, come what may, and so there’s no point to branding it. Parents will buy it and force kids to eat it.

      On the other hand, kids get to choose which cereal to buy, so there’s some kind of benefit to attracting kids towards a particular brand of cereal.

      Which actually proves that kids can’t influence how much vegetables or cereals parents buy – only which sub-category.

      1. My four year old and 13 month old eat the broccoli. Four year old has insisted that we bring home fresh broccoli from the store. He also will eat anything with Shrek, Dora, Transformers, Phineas & Ferb, Cars, Toy Story or Sponge Bob on it. I don’t mind – it makes it easier to shop for cereal. Let him choose from the hundreds available. As long as it’s on sale.

        1. Strange. My three-year old loves broccoli, too.

          1. My two year old loves pickles and sourkraut, go figure.

            1. Ah, pro-vinegar. That’s unusual in kids. I love it–pickles, sauerkraut, German potato salad (vinegar AND bacon), balsamic vinegar, etc.

        2. My kids love real food – veggies and fruits an meat. They also love cartoon sponsored food. My 3 year old loves Scooby Doo yogurt and uses Sponge Bob toothpaste on his Spider Man toothbrush. He’s never seen any of these characters on TV – but he still loves them. Marketing is amazing.

  5. Experimenter: “Eat each of the graham crackers.”

    Kid: *eats graham crackers*

    Experimenter: “Which do you prefer?”

    Kid: “Well, they all taste the same, but this one has the bitchin’ Dora the Explorer picture on its box – BONUS! So I like these best.”

    Earth shattering…

    1. Exactly. And it’s not as if adults don’t like looking at pretty packaging too — cosmetics especially. When it comes to food, we all like eating in prettier surroundings, whether they’re made prettier by a picture on a box of cereal or the decor in or view from a restaurant. It’s not particularly a kid thing. I liked to eat at a Taco Bell because the large amount of window space and hillside location made for a great view, day or night, especially in a thunderstorm; too bad they went out of business.

      1. “When it comes to food, we all like eating in prettier surroundings”

        Agreed. That’s why I like eating ice cream off of my wife’s breasts.

        1. That’s why we all like eating ice cream off of your wife’s breasts.

          1. You people clearly ought to try some crackers. I think my Diet would do you good.

  6. “What is unique about children at this age,” a pediatrician tells HealthDay, “is that although they have fairly advanced cognitive skills and short-term and long-term memory in place, they do not have the ability to be skeptical about the messages they are receiving.”

    So let’s eliminate advertising aimed at children so they never learn the ability to be skeptical about the messages they are receiving.

    1. “What is unique about children at this age,” a pediatrician tells HealthDay, “is that although they have fairly advanced cognitive skills and short-term and long-term memory in place, they do not have the ability to be skeptical about the messages they are receiving.”

      No, it’s not unique about children of that age. Lots of people have trouble being skeptical of messages they are recieving, in particular nannyish pediatricians.

      1. I’ll be the first to admit that I am swayed on occasion by shiny packaging and such. I mean, duh. That’s the whole friggin basis for Madison Avenue. What really, really bothers me is people with these sorts of progressive agenda items, that urge toward activist, nanny state government, think they are doing God’s work and anyone who opposes their agenda on principle is a moral troglodyte or worse.

    2. Yeah, by age six I wasn’t buying any pretextual bullshit advanced by adults to justify their edicts.

    3. All children at that age are gullible? That kind of projection by adults usually tended to get a response from me along the lines of “fuck off”, especially if they couldn’t provide an explaination for their own mindless reasoning.

      Psychologists are full of shit.

    4. So let’s eliminate advertising aimed at children so they never learn the ability to be skeptical about the messages they are receiving.”

      That’s a great point. My parents love to tell the story of how I learned about the exaggerations of advertising from an animal crackers commercial when I was 2. The TV spot showed the animals coming to life as cartoons leaping out of the box and into the kid’s mouth. When I finally got some for myself I was SO disappointed when they didn’t come to life. Lesson learned – ads are bullshit. And it only cost 10 cents. It would have cost a lot more to learn it on my first car purchase.

  7. “turning down such requests does not rank very high on the list of parental challenges”

    I see have now have some competition for “the MEANEST DAD IN THE WORLD!!!”

    1. It isn’t even like you have to say NO every time. My kids know that when they shop with me, there is no chance of getting something via whining. On the other hand, if they are with Mom, they know that the sky is the limit.

      I wish the government would pay for some PSA’s targeted at overindulgent parents. The slogan could be “The more you NO”.

      1. The government doesn’t want people saying NO to IT.

        1. +1000000000000000000000000^1000000000

  8. What the fuck?

    1. Kids these days just don’t buy my spinach the way they used to.

      1. Er, I mean… the kidlins these days, they don’t’s buys me spinachs likes they usedtas. Eh-guh-guhguh.

        1. I’m strong to the finnich ‘cuz I eats me Red Vines…

      2. I see you hiding those fried chicken pieces and fries behind your back, Popeye. It just took that one shore leave in N’awlins to turn ya. Just sayin’.

  9. Alternate experiment:

    Scientist: Here we have two snacks. The carrots have Dora the Explorer on the package, and the Gummi Bears are generic. Which do you want?

    Kids: The gummi bears, dumbass.

    1. I’m all for the government and the smartypants set enlisting Shrek et. al. to try and sell healthy food.

      I can’t think of anything more likely to turn the next generation into deeply skeptical individualists than collusion between the state, academia and big business to try and manipulate kids into thinking they like broccoli.

    2. This is what I was thinking. Because its totally not the taste of the sweet, sugary foods that kids like, its the packaging.

    3. Exactly.

  10. I would definitely buy seafood if it had you-know-who’s picture on it.

    1. In his book, The Education of a Bodybuilder, the governator told of his fledgling bricklaying partnership with Dr. Franco Columbo in the early 1970s. Arnold said that at first, the duo did not pick up much work when they advertised themselves just as bricklayers. Then, after Arnold decided to change the name to “european bricklayers,” business skyrocketed.

    2. I just had some lobster, and it had no celebrity endorsements. Well, maybe indirectly it did. I ate at Hemingway’s in Sarasota.

      1. Hemingway’s in Sarasota. Were you eating “your supper” at 4:30?

        1. Dude, it’s the summer. They’re all back in their secret northern lairs.

    3. Just to upset you more, I had a very downthread conversation with Matt some time ago where he said that they were looking for that model. The photographer and the setting are known. I’m surprised they haven’t found her and paid her to go on the Reason cruise.

      1. It would be funny if that picture was taken 10 years ago and she’s all bloated and wrinkled now.

        1. You’re amused by tragic and depressing things? This explains a lot.

        2. 10 years doesn’t result in that many extra wrinkles.

          Bloated is possible, though.

          1. We did track down the lobster. He’s living with two chicks in Malibu.

            1. So the lobster will be on the cruise? Cuz i wants to party with him!

              1. That’s a great idea.

  11. This works for adults, too. They put pictures of Paul Newman on stuff (in his mischievous-twinkle-eyed “Sundance” prime, of course, not in his waning dotage), and I’m all over it. Where’s my Nanny State bubble-wrap-protection from mint Newman-Os, that’s what I want to know.

    1. Don’t worry, we have persuaded Newman’s Own to switch from mint oreo style cookies to organic, gluten-free, fat-free buckwheat quinoa sandwich cookies with a sugar-free Greek yoghurt filling.

      1. Hold on… is that free-range quinoa, or was in grown in captivity?

    2. “Oh no, the corn! Paul Newman’s gonna have my legs broke.”

  12. I do not care at all whether parents cave to their toddlers’ demands or not, provided whatever they choose to do can be done quietly. If you’ve never tried saying no to your kid before, perhaps the aisle of my local grocery store is not the time to start.

    1. The grocery store is a lot better than restaurants. My kids are 6 and 8 and quite well behaved, but I still won’t take them to a restaurant that doesn’t have a “play place”. I don’t understand why people feel the need to go to a nice restaurant with a 2-year-old in tow. You’re not going to enjoy yourself, and you’re probably going to ruin other people’s evening as well.

      1. My daughter is almost 12 and I can stil recall the day, when she was 9 months old and I looked at the wife across the restaraunt table and said, “OK, we’re done. Take a long, last look at your previously enjoyable life, honey.”

        We didn’t eat out for years after that.

        1. We have a 3 yr old and have been taking her to restaurants since she was about a year and a half. She behaves very well at them. We started at Moe’s and Shane’s, places where the food comes quickly, and the surroundings are colorful and kinda loud where other families are taking their young kids. She’s not allowed to yell but she doesn’t have to be silent either.

          Then we upgraded to wait service places, but not fancy ones. Family places where the placemats come with crayons, and we’ll bring a small ziploc bag with goldfish just in case it takes a while for the food to come. This all works, and it works because we are fully prepared to leave if she acts up. We tell her to say hi to the server and tell them what she wants to eat. She hates being taken out of places so all it takes is a quiet threat in her ear for her to shape up or one of us takes her out, which we have had to do….once, maybe twice.

          Bribes and threats work for her just like they do for adults. If she behaves we get to go out more often. If she doesn’t, we go home and she gets no cookies.

          1. You give your child COOKIES??? I stopped giving MY fat-assed kids those kinds of poisonous treats, and by God if I have my way you won’t be able to do it either!

  13. The effort to shield kids from junk food is getting rediculous. I was working on a math book this spring. The editorial manager forbid any mentioning of junk food in the book. She also wanted a cute title and theme for each lesson. So, one of the lessons was called, “I scream. You scream. We all scream for frozen yogurt.”

    1. Did you really do that? Please tell me your textbook is available in California! I want to evaluate it, just on the strength of that section title!

  14. You fucking capitalists want kids to get fat and die! Go suck Ron Paul’s cock!

    1. Bruno already tried. Dr. Paul turned him down.

    2. I bought some Ron Paul brand hot dogs. I saw the picture and couldn’t resist. Does that count?

      1. They’re hard to find because you can’t buy them with fiat money.

        1. Put if you hold on to them, their a great hedge against inflation.

          1. I’ve got a freezer full of Hebrew Nationals, just in case I get the urge to have a Zionist cookout.

            1. I’ve got a freezer full of Hebrew Nationals, just in case I get the urge to have a Zionist cookout.

              Tell me that you meant to say Hebrew National hot dogs.

              1. I figured it was implied that they are, indeed, hot dogs, but I can see where one might get the wrong idea.

                Wonder if Louis Farrakhan read that, and got excited for just a moment…

  15. I pitched a fit to get TANG because the astronauts drank it. Mom only bought the real OJ.Then they came out with “Space Food Sticks”, more astronaut food! I begged for those too and finally got to sample them via a free sample in some sugary cereal my more persuasive big sister successfully lobbied for. They tasted like plasticized dog shit. I got my Tang fix at friends’ houses but I never ate another “Space Food Stick”. Every kid I knew agreed it had to be the worst thing about space travel.

    1. I rarely got a Coca Cola, and despite singing the Frito Bandito song at every opportunity the corn chips were a rare treat.Come to think of it, as the youngest by far of three children I didn’t get enough to eat until my brother left for college and my sister started taking speed.

    2. Well, that, and the possibility of coming back to an ape-invested Earth.

      1. Zaius saves. Cornelius invests.

        1. +1

        2. Jesus saves…

          but the rebound comes out to Gilbert in the slot, who shoots and scores!

      2. That’s the second time I’ve invested when I meant to infest. Not sure what that says about my investment and/or infestation strategy.

  16. My wife has personally bought thousands of dollars of Sponge Bob Square Pants band-aids. As soon as she buys a box, my kids suffer all sorts of horrific injuries that absolutely require at least 1 SBSP Band-Aid.

    Not since MASH was canceled have you seen so many bandages on bad actors.

  17. “they do not have the ability to be skeptical about the messages they are receiving.”

    This is just kids? I think not.

    1. They have to learn to be skeptical eventually, why not at an early age and concerning the one of the most basic of human needs, food.

  18. “But turning down such requests does not rank very high on the list of parental challenges, and it never ceases to amaze me that food nannies can pretend it does with a straight face.”

    Grand Slam home run. Great ending to a great article.

  19. maybe instead of restricting cartoons on products, they should just require the use of cartoons on food products that the smart people from yale like.

    moms and dads everywhere would be forced by whiny kids to buy the spinach that Shrek likes.

    this could even be government funded program. a bonanza for the ad agencies, which would (of course) create or save a lot of jobs.

    and there are lots of cartoon villains to put on the twinkies.

    1. Yum! Kids will go apeshit for THIS!

      1. Is it gluten-free? Our little Trevor can’t have gluten.

        1. My ex-wife is so liberal that she has become allergic to gluten. It was great, i laughed and laughed.

          1. So, can she eat anything? Gosh. How sad.

    2. No way the cartoons will agree to this. Once the kid tries the shitty tasting food with Dora’s picture on it, the show will never be watched again. This street goes two ways.

  20. Duh, since children are robotically controlled by anthropromorphic cartoon characters, and their parents are just buying automatons without the ability to refuse the little darlings, the obvious solution is to create cool characters for uncool vegetables — which is why the Munch Bunch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munch_Bunch) are still so popular, and head up the Nickolodeon lineup.

    Nothing’s going to change the kids’ eating habits like good ol’ Percy Prune and Sally Strawberry.

  21. my, nearly two-year old, grand daughter loves blueberries and bananas! This has nothing to do with the thread, but she is just the cutest little dickens. I could show you the photo albums if you have a few hours.

    1. Babies like all things that start with “b”.

      1. Boogers particularly

      2. Bitchs’ breasts?

        Just sayin’.

  22. Why would the nannies want parents to have to teach their children about deceptive advertising tricks? They want the kids to make it well into their voting years without having had to build up that immunity.

  23. Dora the Explorer is a sometimes food.

  24. Sorry, but since this is a Sullem post, I must say, he just got schooled on how to handle Bill O’Reily. Ethan Nadlemann got the last word.

  25. I have this great idea to use hot chicks to sell more lobster & t-shirts.

  26. Evidently, they also have to buy every cartoon-covered product their children demand.

    Why not? They *elect* cartoon-covered products.

  27. My favorite grocery store is Fintroll’s. “And don’t just buy booze! That ain’t food.”

    Also: Lost in the Supermarket

  28. Memorable quotes for
    “Metalocalypse” The Curse of Dethklok (2006)

    Toki Wartooth: [gasps] What’s this place called?

    Skwisgaar Skwigelf: This is, I believes called, Food Libraries. Food Libraries.

    Toki Wartooth: Food Li…bra…ry.

    Pickles The Drummer: [yells] It’s called a Grocery Store, you douchebags!
    [regular volume]
    Pickles The Drummer: I’m sorry about ‘douchebags’. I got low blood sugar.

    Nathan Explosion: Alright, here’s the deal. We have to do our own shopping so we can make our own dinner like all the regular jack-offs do. Now you’re all in charge of putting together one dish.
    [yells]

    Nathan Explosion: And don’t just buy booze! That ain’t food.

    William Murderface: What do you mean, ‘booze ain’t food’? I’d rather chop off my ding-dong than admit that!

    Toki Wartooth: You’d rather chop off your ding-dong than not drink?

    William Murderface: [yells] Yeah!

    Toki Wartooth: Wowee!

    1. I wonder if I’m the only woman who watches Metalocalypse. Maybe I’m just the only one who watches it because I want to.

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  30. My kid wanted me to buy her some Dora themed snacks, and I told her “No, she’s chubby just like you. You can have a Glamor magazine fromt he checkout instead.” My daughter hasn’t eaten since! That’s good parenting.

  31. I let them buy one item only, and try to encourage stickers, a book or those stupid silly bands. It really isn’t that hard.

    1. But it is! It’s so haaarrrdddd saying no to my kids! I need the government to tell me what to dooooooo!!!!

      1. I know, sweetie. It’s okay. Help is on its way.

  32. Am I just dense? What does the headline have to do with the article?
    What N-word? As much as I dislike Dora, I have never heard her use racial slurs, and in spanish that would start with an M wouldn’t it?

    1. “No”. That’s the N-Word theyre refereing to. The article has nothing at all to do with niggers. Well, unless them niggas be buyin theys chilluns Dora Icecream.

  33. 9th word from the end. That N-word.

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