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.

Add Your Name to the Petition Below

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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Number Date Name Location Add a Comment
5399 Sat Sep 13 00:34:48 EDT 2014 Jack David Marcus New York, NY
5398 Tue Aug 26 14:58:46 EDT 2014 Katharine D'Onofrio Hudson, NY
5397 Sun Aug 24 17:12:05 EDT 2014 David Schwartz Chicago, IL
5396 Mon Aug 04 21:33:31 EDT 2014 Karen Graf Overland Park, KS
5395 Tue Jul 22 10:54:48 EDT 2014 Gregor Gable Salt Lake City, UT
5394 Sun Jul 20 10:34:45 EDT 2014 Paul and Mary Davidson Sandy Springs, GA 207 -->206Fat kids will cost the taxpayers if they become fat poor adults --- via public health insurance. They will cost the medical sy8stem too, as future diabertics, hy8pertensives, etc.
This is just tragic.
5393 Sat Jul 19 11:34:48 EDT 2014 Carmen Alvarado Burke, VA
5392 Fri Jul 18 10:32:27 EDT 2014 Patricia DeLuca Nokomis, FL
5391 Thu Jul 10 11:42:22 EDT 2014 Deborah Anderson Davie, FL
5390 Mon Jul 07 03:30:14 EDT 2014 Cathleen Young Berkeley, CA Please, yes, PBS. Keep the bar high. Keep to noble standards; not cave in.
5389 Sat Jun 28 22:50:17 EDT 2014 Madison Wolff lancaster, PA
5388 Sat Jun 28 15:05:44 EDT 2014 Jeff Zittrain Berkeley, CA
5387 Wed Jun 18 16:06:05 EDT 2014 Robert Cenni Chesterland, OH
5386 Sun Jun 15 18:19:27 EDT 2014 John Michael Brennan Dallas, TX
5385 Tue Jun 10 20:55:13 EDT 2014 john wade huntsville, AL
5384 Tue Jun 10 20:55:13 EDT 2014 john wade huntsville, AL
5383 Mon Jun 09 03:19:57 EDT 2014 Cheyenne Jones Schertz, TX
5382 Sat Jun 07 09:05:25 EDT 2014 Patricia DeLuca Nokomis, FL
5381 Sat Jun 07 09:05:02 EDT 2014 Patricia DeLuca Nokomis, FL
5380 Fri Jun 06 12:27:17 EDT 2014 Alexis Maestre-Saborit Fort Myers, FL
5379 Fri May 23 10:46:49 EDT 2014 Cynthia Marie Lippman New York, NY
5378 Mon May 19 22:23:00 EDT 2014 Henry Johnson St. Paul, MN Do you want to be responsible throughout HISTORY for our present and future generations for the lack of a poor diet?
5377 Mon May 19 20:41:36 EDT 2014 Jennifer Vassil Falls Church, VA
5376 Fri May 16 16:07:12 EDT 2014 Beatrice Harrison Spokane, WA
5375 Thu Apr 24 15:05:05 EDT 2014 Duane Baker Powell, OH
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