Monday, April 1, 2013

My Thoughts on the #kfckidsmeals Uproar: Yep, I Went There!

I'm getting in the middle of a crossfire here by even posting anything but I've been reading several posts from bloggers about the recent KFC media uproar.  The first post I read was from Mom and More, and you can go there to read the article if you're not familiar with what's going on.  There's been several stances on the issue, and I respect both.

Whether it be a weakness or a strength, I try to see two sides of every story.  There's a few things I'm extremely passionate about and won't budge on (like my belief in God) but, for the most part, I try to see things from every point of view.  And, if you don't have the same exact beliefs I do, I won't shove them down your throat or be mad if you don't agree.  I'll certainly discuss them with you if you'd like but I won't be pushy about it.

In a nutshell, the uproar is that a handful of bloggers were asked to attend an event by KFC to discuss and go over their "healthier" kids' menu items. The #kfckidsmeals hashtag created quite a buzz and the company was cast stones by some, as well as some of the bloggers who were attending.  I read and reread the hashtag. Nowhere in it did I get the idea that it was claming to be healthy but some people were getting the perception that KFC was trying to tout itself as such.

I wasn't so much in awe that people were questioning KFC about the ingredients they put in their food, but rather questioning the parenting skills of bloggers who were feeding their children such horrible food.  Some even accused the bloggers of being spoon fed or brainwashed.

In that regards, whose to say that some of the bloggers attending weren't going to question nutritional value or bring up questions to KFC about concerns.  They were automatically labeled as people who should be ashamed of their parenting skills.  Some time back I read a blog post where a rather well-known blogger went to McDonald's for an event.  Yep, she caved in and did the unthinkable; she went to a conference/event paid by the Devil's food chain itself!  That particular blogger wrote a very informative blog post talking about all the things she learned, the good and the BAD.  The post was balanced with what she found to be positive about McDonald's and even went on to discuss some of the poor nutritional value in their food.  She may have been paid to go on to a swanky blog event but she wasn't a dum-dum and came back with both sides of the story.  She's not the only blogger who lists both the positives and negatives of a product or company.  Just because a blogger accepts an invitation from a company shouldn't make them a prime suspect with a target on their back.  Granted, they should have the backbone to ask questions or concerns that anyone presents them with because it's the public or social media world they are trying to come back and inform of what they learned.

As bloggers, we’re supposed to be professional, courteous and kind to others. As grown adults, that should be a given too. We’re not in high school anymore.  I'm all for a person taking a stand on what they believe.  As I mentioned before, I have some things that even I won't budge on.  However, I won't berate or degrade the people who oppose my opinions.

Maybe I’m too open-minded but every person has their own parenting techniques and who’s to say which one is right. As long as the child is properly taken care of and loved, let it be.  I can promise you I'm not getting Mother of the Year award and I'm sure some people would be appalled at the way my children have been raised.  That's great; no hard feelings.  But don't tell me I'm not a good parent because I didn't do it the exact same way as you.

People get their panties up in a wad too much if things aren’t done exactly their way.  It's one thing to inform.  It's another to make someone feel small because the person didn't mold into what you wanted them to be.

I’m not a drone; I’m not a robot: and I’m not owned by anyone other than God. It riles me up when people get on the “I’m better than you” platform.  As the saying goes "Now you know and knowing is half the battle."  I love reading other blogs and learning new things everyday.  Some of it I definitely take into consideration and some of it I don't give a second thought to.  That's the great thing about me.  I'm a grown adult who can make my own decisions because I have my own mind.

It’s not a good idea to eat fast food all the time or fried food everyday. But, by golly, it’s not the end of the world if you do it once in a while.  Or if you don't do it at all.

I received no compensation or product for this post.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


Masshole Mommy said...

Oh man, I am out of the loop, but now you know what I'll be looking up today!

I feed my kids fast food SOME TIMES and if anyone has an issue with the way I feed (or take care of my kids), they are welcome to come to my house and attack me to my face - and I'll kick their asses into next week. I think it's so childish to attack someone else ONLINE when they have no clue what they're talking about. Grrrr.

Joy Harris said...

I agree. We're not in high school anymore. It's amazing the gall some people have when they are behind a computer.

ape2016 said...

I agree with you. I think it is just another way for petty people to attempt to feel superior.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I, too, read Cher's post about the whole KFC event blowout and all I can say is some people really need to get a life!

You and I are a lot alike in the fact that we are very open minded people and like to look at BOTH sides of things before we make a conscious decision-Personally, I think that should be the way to go always.

Nothing is ever strictly black and white; there are many different shades in between. That doesn't mean one shade is better or worse than another.

We're all different people with different opinions and beliefs, and yes, they're bound to clash eventually but the way you HANDLE that clash is what defines you.

Cher said...

Love it! Some of the bloggers too on Twitter seem like they are in high school with how they are jumping on the bandwagon like a high school clique. Its amazing how as adults we are allowed to make our own decisions!