Taco Bell pulls commercial after offending vegetables
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Entertainment, Film/TV.

Taco Bell’s most recent commercial has already been yanked, after slamming vegetables and offending veggie lovers, PR Daily News reports.

The ad says, “Veggies on game day is like punting on fourth and one. It’s a cop out. Secretly, people kind of hate you for it.”

If you’re like me, I don’t really understand that football reference (I don’t watch the sport), but you can tell from the tone and connotation that the fast food chain is putting down the healthy food.

Well, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a healthy and nutrition advocacy group, expressed their distaste over the ad, and even nudged people to express their complaints.

After hearing complaints, Taco Bell obliged and took the ad off the air. Rob Poetsch, a spokesman for Taco Bell, said, “We didn’t want anyone to misinterpret the ad.”

Margo Wootan, the nutrition policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, thanked the establishment for pulling the commercial, “It’s bad enough that there aren’t many ads on television for broccoli, kale, or carrots. The last thing healthy fruits and vegetables needed was to be the subject of attack ads … Thanks to Taco Bell for responding with record speed to address nutritionists’ and consumers’ concern over this ad campaign.”

Do you think people are taking the commercial too personal, and don’t have a sense of humor? Or, do you think fast food joints and other restaurants need to promote – not bash – healthier dishes?

To prove that good things can come from veggies, check out this yummy Kale Guacamole recipe perfect for the Super Bowl.

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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • TheCrabbyLady

    Seriously? People SERIOUSLY took that commercial as “slamming” vegetables? It was selling TACOS! Further proof that the inmates are running the asylum these days.