Last weekend I attended an event at KFC headquarters with my 6 year old. It was an event for five moms and one of their children each to check out the new KFC Kids Meals. It was the first overnight blogger trip I ever brought a child too and I was so excited. I never thought about anything other than it was going to be a great weekend with other bloggers, my oldest child and a great brand. KFC pitched the event to us as me and a few other bloggers bringing our kids and checking out the KFC Cooking Lab and new Kid Centric Meal. The word HEALTHY was not used once! Obviously I know KFC is not healthy and when we were there even the representatives said that everyone should eat KFC in moderation and they don’t expect us to eat it every day. The whole idea was that KFC has launched some healthier choices in their kids meals – not HEALTHY but healthier than maybe what they had before or other fast food restaurants may have. They made no claims and again we all know KFC is not healthy, but as busy parents we all know how crazy dinner time can be. I admit even as a stay at home mom dinner time comes and I feel like the day flew by. For households with two working parents outside the home, I do not even know how they manage to eat dinner at home every night.
So anyways back to bloggers hating on other bloggers. Well before I even boarded the plane, our KFC hashtag (#kfckidsmeals) took off with tons of posts from bloggers who were basically bashing us bloggers who were going. How could we say that KFC is healthy? Again, no one EVER said it was! Poor KFC was just trying to focus that they are offering a new kids meal with GoGo Squeeze apple sauce, green beans, grilled chicken, Capri Sun and some other choices – but they were attacked by bloggers. Then bloggers started saying how dare us parents feed our children all the sodium and high calorie food from KFC. I felt personally like I was attacked. Like others were saying I was a bad mom because yes I let my kids eat fast food. Yes we eat from KFC. Now if the hashtag was #KFCishealthy or #KFCisgoodforkids then I see a huge issue but it wasn’t. It was jut for us moms to check out the new kids meals and make our own HONEST decisions as parents and bloggers.
Here are some tweets I saw that I really couldn’t believe – many of us bloggers were tweeted at directly too –
Where does the hashtag say “healthy” – Am I missing it?
KFC didn’t use me to promote anything I didn’t want to.
So to the blogger that said this, you don’t have kids so don’t presume to say what you will and won’t do with your kids.
Oh, thanks for removing the references to us bloggers on your info graphic – how fucking nice of you!
So I’m a liar now?
When did I say it was HEALTHY? None of us did!
I didn’t realize that by feeding my child fast food, it is brainwashing them. Thanks for the heads up.
Again how am I being tricked?
Oh my word, how dare I bring my children to something with Fried in the title.
So apparently I’m a bad mom and doesn’t consider my children precious?
Thank you for letting me know, excuse me while I finish my fried chicken with mashed potatoes.
Calling out bloggers personally and telling them to “just duck” as in pretend this isn’t geared towards you.
AGAIN No one said “HEALTHY”!!!!!
Seriously you lost respect for me? Let me read your blog and see all the things you did that I don’t agree with!
Its one thing to attack a brand but these bloggers did it while we were there, so it was pretty much personal. Actually again I hadn’t even boarded the plane yet when this all started going down. I even got pitched to do an interview about KFC from another website!
Honestly I couldn’t believe the hate on Twitter and Facebook about the KFC blogger trip. If I want don’t want to feed your kid fast food, that’s fine but don’t bash me because I do. Go ahead and express your concern and the facts about the food but don’t continue on with the drama all weekend (and week!) Spend time with your families and worry about your own families. I grew up eating fast food, as did many others, and I am fine.
And if my kids grows up to be 400 pounds and have medical problems due to the fast food we eat about once a week, I promise to let you tell me “I told you so.”
Until then realize that once you put something on the Internet is always there and jumping on the bandwagon of hate isn’t going to get you anywhere. We are all entitled to our own opinions and yes please share them with the world, but realize what you put on Twitter (or Facebook) isn’t going to change my mind – honestly if anything reading all the #kfckidsmeals tweets makes me crave their mashed potatoes.