(not about diabetic retinopathy)
UGH UGH UGH
So this weekend Middles was watching Looney Tunes. I love Looney Tunes. Bugs is my favorite – laid back and witty. So after an episode Middles called for me. Told me I had to watch something, “it was so funny” he said “it says diabetes” he added. He rewinded the episode and shared a little ditty with me.
Sweetstuff and Sugarboy were also watching. A minute into it I could see Sweetstuff’s anger rising. Sugarboy looked unimpressed. Middles was bouncing along with the tune.
Sweetstuff said “this isn’t funny. It’s wrong.”
I hushed her. I told her he doesn’t know all that she knows. Give him time. (This was said in a whisper to Sweetstuff to avoid Middles feeling ashamed or unappreciated.)
There are many things that upset me initially while watching the little cartoon. (not the least of which was the annoying sound of the singer’s voice, the fact that Bugs had to drink filtered water (tap water is just as good for us and doesn’t hurt the environment like bottled water), and the fact that few kids would know what a misua salad is.)
It reminds me of that famous meme about Billy and his candy bars.
I considered the cartoon for a good deal of time – nearly 24 hours now. I’m not as angry or frustrated as I was initially because the producers/writers/illustrators have good intentions.
They want kids to eat healthy. That’s always good.
Encouraging healthy eating is something all parents should do with their kids and loved ones.
What I don’t appreciate is linking poor food choices to diabetes. Regardless of the type of diabetes (not that the writers differentiated) it is not necessary to use diabetes to discuss healthy eating. Encouraging our loved ones to make healthy food choices is not best accomplished with scare tactics.
I’m disappointed in you Bugs. You broke my heart.