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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5483 Fri Jul 31 09:08:39 EDT 2015 West Dover West Dover, VT Daily consumption of fastfood, junkfood, soda, sugar, corn syrup, wheat, bread, pasta causes obesity, diabeties, heart disease and altered brain chemistry.
5482 Fri Jul 31 08:02:59 EDT 2015 Lisa Holmes Winsted, CT
5481 Wed Jul 29 19:43:20 EDT 2015 Jason Ross huntington beach, CA
5480 Sat Jul 11 03:55:08 EDT 2015 Anonymous san bernardino, CA
5479 Thu Jul 09 08:17:18 EDT 2015 Anonymous Berwyn, IL I rely on PBS to provide safe and educational programming for my child who also happens to be vegetarian
This is insulting to our beliefs
Additionally, as a public health professional it saddens More....
5478 Mon Jul 06 13:29:23 EDT 2015 John Edwards Upper Darby, PA
5477 Thu Jul 02 22:26:49 EDT 2015 Andrea Vanda Pasadena, CA
5476 Wed Jun 17 17:06:17 EDT 2015 Anonymous Ridgewood, NY
5475 Mon Jun 15 07:52:07 EDT 2015 Catherine hunt Monroe, NJ
5474 Sat Jun 13 14:03:16 EDT 2015 Dennis Landi Long Beach, CA
5473 Fri Jun 12 06:33:04 EDT 2015 Gary Kettas Los Angeles, CA Don't lure kids with junky foods!!!
5472 Thu Jun 11 13:04:21 EDT 2015 richard shyduroff brooks, ME
5471 Sun May 31 11:27:02 EDT 2015 Helen Michailidou Athens, ot
5470 Mon May 25 07:05:58 EDT 2015 dan cappello lawrence, PA
5469 Mon May 25 03:39:48 EDT 2015 Jim Phillips Sonoma, CA PBS should not allow advertising of fast foods aimed directly at children. Fast foods are unhealthy.
5468 Sun May 24 15:19:39 EDT 2015 Andrew Drazdik Jr Jeannette, PA Please consider the mass media as propaganda (22 us code 613) and authority of the U.S. Department of State when re-broadcast and simul cast fund any carrier as telecommunication service. The More....
5467 Sun May 24 07:23:09 EDT 2015 dan cappello lawrence, PA
5466 Sun May 24 07:13:18 EDT 2015 dan cappello lawrence, PA
5465 Sat May 23 07:25:06 EDT 2015 dan cappello lawrence, PA
5464 Fri May 22 06:45:23 EDT 2015 dan cappello lawrence, PA
5463 Fri May 22 06:44:20 EDT 2015 dan cappello lawrence, PA
5462 Wed May 20 07:12:29 EDT 2015 dan cappello lawrence, PA
5461 Wed May 20 00:54:01 EDT 2015 john wade Huntsville, AL
5460 Fri May 08 15:48:37 EDT 2015 Allan Kaopua San rafael, CA
5459 Thu May 07 18:19:33 EDT 2015 Sri Maddukuri Leonia, NJ Rand Paul FTW! Register Republican in your home state and get involved in the Republican Primaries. THAT is where the real election will occur. Let's get this guy past lifelong sellouts like Jeb Bush More....
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