The Daily Show’s Take On San Francisco’s Law Banning McDonalds Happy Meal Toys

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McDonalds Happy MealBack in November 2010, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted for and approved a law that basically bans toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals as they are currently served (ie with fries and soda). It’s the city’s way of battling childhood obesity.

Under the law, McDonald’s and other restaurants will have until December 2011 to improve their meals’ nutrition by adding fruits and vegetables — if the chains want to keep offering toys, including those promoting the latest films. []

The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, promised to veto the bill but since it was approved by a vote of 8 – 3, he does not have that power.

Personally, I don’t think a bill like this is necessary. If you don’t want your kids to eat Happy Meals then avoid McDonalds -have a backbone and say “no, I’m not getting you an over packaged Happy Meal with the cheap plastic toy that I will eventually step on repeatedly before I throw it into the garbage.” It’s called being a parent.

Here is the segment from The Daily Show that kind of nails it:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
San Francisco’s Happy Meal Ban
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Where’s the Jubbling? The Jubbling is based on our ability to make choices to consume fewer resources (Happy Meal packaging, near-trash toy) and avoid food with little or no nutritional value. It’s not something that should be legislated.