Sign the Petition: Tell PBS to Stop Marketing for Chick-fil-A on Martha Speaks

Public Television Should Not Promote Fast Food to Children

Fast food chain Chick-fil-A has distributed 56 million kids meals in bags co-branded with PBS’s popular Martha Speaks children’s show.

PBS’s agreement with Chick-fil-A allowing it to directly target kids is a bad move. Children shouldn’t be targets of advertising, especially for products that contribute to childhood obesity. To make matters worse, WGBH, the PBS station that produces Martha Speaks, is trying to win a Cynopsis advertising industry award for its campaign.

We’re big fans of public broadcasting. It provides parents and kids with an alternative to commercialized television stations. But PBS can do better than allowing a children's show to be a marketing vehicle for fast food. That's nothing to celebrate.

Our petition calls for PBS and WGBH to take the following two actions:
1. PBS should end its partnership with Chick-fil-A.
2. WGBH should withdraw from the Cynopsis awards.

Let’s keep PBS as a refuge for kids from the commercial networks.

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We, the undersigned, call on PBS Kids and WGBH to end its partnership with Chick-fil-A. We call on WGBH to withdraw from the Cynopsis Kids Marketing Awards. Advertising unhealthy foods to kids has serious health consequences; it’s nothing to celebrate. We demand that PBS and WGBH stop allowing Chick-fil-A to use the popular kids TV show Martha Speaks to directly target children.

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5374 Fri Apr 04 15:33:12 EDT 2014 Anonymous MA Increasingly PBS is becoming little more than one long infomercial selling all the various "programs" that promise a better life, i.e., snake oil. I no longer automatically turn to PBS when viewing television. More....
5373 Tue Feb 25 23:20:15 EST 2014 Debbie Jones Pulaski, NY
5372 Mon Feb 24 09:34:55 EST 2014 Susan Sanocki Azusa, CA
5371 Mon Feb 24 09:34:54 EST 2014 Susan Sanocki Azusa, CA
5370 Mon Feb 24 09:34:53 EST 2014 Susan Sanocki Azusa, CA
5369 Mon Feb 24 09:34:52 EST 2014 Susan Sanocki Azusa, CA
5368 Mon Feb 24 09:34:51 EST 2014 Susan Sanocki Azusa, CA
5367 Mon Feb 24 09:34:50 EST 2014 Susan Sanocki Azusa, CA
5366 Thu Feb 20 13:13:16 EST 2014 kelly mcgowan woburn, MA PBS needs to take into consideration the type of advertisements that are being exposed to children.
5365 Sun Feb 16 17:32:09 EST 2014 Anonymous BETHLEHEM, PA
5364 Sun Feb 16 13:58:27 EST 2014 Dale Johnson New Glarus, WI
5363 Fri Feb 07 17:10:56 EST 2014 Anonymous Folsom, CA
5362 Thu Jan 23 19:09:39 EST 2014 Robert Frazier Knoxville, TN
5361 Mon Jan 06 19:52:01 EST 2014 Carmen Alvarado Burke, VA
5360 Fri Jan 03 23:50:59 EST 2014 Dennis Yee Scottsdale, AZ
5359 Fri Jan 03 08:57:56 EST 2014 Anonymous Towson, MD Any form of advertising to children is unethical. I expect better of public television.
5358 Wed Jan 01 14:35:33 EST 2014 Brad McDonough Woburn, MA
5357 Fri Dec 27 17:09:31 EST 2013 Anonymous Seymour, TN
5356 Tue Dec 24 21:42:45 EST 2013 Anonymous stoughton , WI I would really like for my son to continue watching PBS, but that won't happen as long as you support discrimination.
5355 Mon Dec 16 20:55:45 EST 2013 Jill Veale-Broads Las Vegas, NV
5354 Sun Dec 15 19:45:18 EST 2013 James Harding Cedar Falls, IA
5353 Tue Dec 10 22:00:12 EST 2013 layne ostwald helena, MT
5352 Tue Dec 10 11:25:30 EST 2013 Maryse Vrambout Stillwater, MN
5351 Thu Nov 28 02:09:56 EST 2013 Hilary Hebert Beverly, MA
5350 Thu Nov 21 18:38:51 EST 2013 Lynne Banta Los Angeles, CA
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