New York is Banning Everything


Copyranter wonders whether or not the recent new York City Health Board law to ban trans fats in all foods found in New York will lead to the banning of street food carts, deli salad carst or even farting. One cause group, Consumer Freedom thinks the law goes too far and asks in a USA Today ad if pizza, hot dogs, corned beef and coffee should be banned as well since, ya know, they're kinda bad for you too. Next: miniskirts and halter tops because, ya know, they're distracting.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-06   Click to Comment   
Topic: Bad, Newspaper, Strange   

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Brian Sack has a good one on his website too...

Posted by: AF on December 7, 2006 2:11 PM

This is ad is corporate propaganda, and the group Consumer Freedom is a bunch of restaurant and food industry lobbyists. The group was originated by Philip Morris to fight the ban on smoking in bars. Among other things, they lobby against lowering the blood alcohol content limit for drunk drivers. Good people.
The fact is, trans fats are poison, and they're good for no one but food industry fat cats. They're illegal in Europe and have been for quite some time. Tasty fried foods were around before trans fats and they'll be around after. As for consumer freedom, ya want cyanide on your grocery shelf? Ya want no speed limits? Ya want heroine to be legal? Society makes laws to protect its members all the time. Sometimes it's a fine line. In this case, it's not.

Posted by: notasucka on December 7, 2006 2:12 PM

If by "cause group" you mean lobby group funded by the fast food, meat, and tobacco industries... then yeah, I guess you could call it a "cause group".

And heck, if we're going to keep trans fat in foods, why not bring back leaded gasoline and paint. I mean, after the government put restrictions on those products because of health concerns, it obviously led to the banning of everything that used gas and paint...

Posted by: Paul on December 7, 2006 2:31 PM

notasucka is clearly notathinka, either. I don't give a damn who else is against the trans-fat ban. It could be Halliburton, Exxon, or the frikkin Vatican. Who gives a shit? The point is, by what right does the City have to tell me what to eat? That's not what I pay taxes for -- to fund a fucking trans-fat bureaucracy in a city that can't even fucking educate its kids. Booze is bad for you and good for no one but "industry fat cats", too. Why not ban that as well?

Posted by: daveednyc on December 7, 2006 4:34 PM

The government in most big cities in this country has gone (and continues to go) too damn far. I'm a non-smoker who is frightened that NYC, DC, and many other city governments have successfully outlawed smoking. It's not a smoking issue (which I frankly wish didn't exist and dislike as much as Bloomberg) but the intrusion of the government in personal lifestyle is just TOO big brother for me. It's downright creepy and it just keeps getting creepier. Now they are telling us what to eat.

But this agency really does need to use spell check if they want their ad to be taken seriously. "Margarine" is spelled incorrectly. Most agencies I have worked for would fire both the copywriter and the traffic manager for that one.

Posted by: CAC on December 7, 2006 5:05 PM

I just love that they misspelled "Margarine" as "Margerine"- can we ban poor proofreading?
Although if you visit their site, the version there is corrected, so apparently SOMEONE has a brain- just not one of the someones who gave approval for this version to be released.

Posted by: Rachel on December 8, 2006 4:21 PM