McDonald's Promotes Obesity, and Now Sodomy?
New Cups Show Young Children Engaged in Fellatio and Anal Sex
Looked at from one perspective, its new plastic drink cups simply show a pre-teen boy and a pre-teen girl coyly engaging in a brief kiss on the lips.
But, as several web sites and tweets have demonstrated, they show very different pictures when viewed from several angles.
Hold the cup one way and the cute pre-pubescent girl in a wide poodle skirt seems to be performing fellatio on a young boy about her own age.
Tilt the cup at a slightly different angle, and the picture can be viewed as the boy seeming to engage in anal sex (or at least grinding) with the girl, although both have their clothing on, and her skirt is not raised.
Although it's almost certain that McDonald's did not intend these bizarre results - although it is famous for its rigorous pre-release testing of virtually everything it produces - the result in no doubt embarrassing to a company which goes out of its way to appeal to children and to appear to be kid friendly, says Banzhaf, although he notes that Ronald McDonald encourages obesity in children, especially when he goes into schools to preach that it is a lack of exercise, rather than unhealthy eating, which causes obesity.
Banzhaf also notes that he helped expose another embarrassing situation when McDonald's itself was found urging parents not to bring their children into its fast food outlets more than once a week.
No, Banzhaf says, he will not start a new legal movement to sue McDonald's for causing sodomy - at least two Banzhaf-inspired law suits have already forced McDonald's to pay out over $20 million regarding fat - but this latest snafu does add some slight credence to the tongue-in-cheek claim that the fast food giant's golden arches symbol has sexual overtones.
JOHN F. BANZHAF III, B.S.E.E., J.D., Sc.D.
Professor of Public Interest Law
George Washington University Law School,
FAMRI Dr. William Cahan Distinguished Professor,
Fellow, World Technology Network,
Founder, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH),
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