Roland Martin says parents shouldn't blame Happy Meals
December 17th, 2010
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Roland Martin is a syndicated columnist and author of "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House." He is a commentator for TV One Cable network and host/managing editor of its Sunday morning news show, Washington Watch with Roland Martin.

As a strong proponent of parental responsibility, it both amuses and angers me to see some parents lining up behind an initiative to sue McDonald's over the inclusion of toys in their Happy Meals.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is leading the charge in this case, pushing the state of California to ban the toys, suggesting that the toys in Happy Meals are inducing children to eat burgers and fries, thus contributing to the obesity epidemic in America.

As I asserted a few weeks ago in my column supporting First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative, I fully back efforts to end obesity among our children. But at what point do some folks use common sense?

Read Parents, don't blame Happy Meals

Previously - Lawsuit wants McDonald's to stop toying around

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  1. norman t. ellis

    this is for roland martin, i am a black american male, i am really piss off that my favorite news show is giving that tea party so much credibility,when they have built themselves up with RACISM and VIOLENCE. i have been told many times by white friends that its not like that. and to that i say bulls–t. roland could respond, or am i wrong.

    January 31, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  2. justmythought

    the problem is the kids are older than the parents these days

    December 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  3. Caroline

    If people were using common sense, they wouldn't be eating McDonald's in the first place. Oh, and parents...there's one word that trumps all other words, it's NO!

    December 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  4. Texas Pete

    People who blame the kids seem to forget that 99 times out of 100, it is the parents $$ that is being spent at McDonalds, not the kids. Parents need to learn how to say no to their kids, or we are going to have a bunch of adults who don't know the meaning of the word no in about 20 years.

    December 17, 2010 at 11:57 am |
    • In 20 years?

      I'm 35.

      Most of my generation doesn't know the meaning of the word NO, let alone our children.

      I hope my contemporaries learn the word fast or we are in big trouble.

      December 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  5. Name*Jeff

    At what point do you make a point? Your disappointingly short "article" is more like a twitter post. Common sense cuts the other way. It's common sense that kids will badger parents for toys. Some will succumb, some will not. And more garbage will be fed to this who do. Why allow this option at all?? Bad food costs our country about 1/2 TRILION dollars a YEAR. It's time we take this problem seriously and just dump it on parents, many of whom can't afford to eat healthy food.

    December 17, 2010 at 11:53 am |
    • Jude

      Yes, some will give in. But that is NOT THE FAULT OF THE COMPANY THAT IS MAKING THE FOOD.

      Parents simply have to be stronger instead of BLAMING SOMEONE ELSE.

      December 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
    • Jude

      Also, for the record, there is a longer piece about this that he also wrote.

      December 17, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  6. Jerv

    What's up with this dudes big round bowling ball sized head?

    December 17, 2010 at 11:07 am |
    • a. dee

      Maybe he's been consuming some of those McDonald's meals?

      December 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
      • Jerv@a.dee

        Some? Looks like he ate a truck load of them.

        December 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
      • a. dee@Jerv

        He wanted the toys. And no one was there to tell him 'no.'

        December 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
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