Monday, November 09, 2009

"Pop the Pig" promotes preschooler fatism


According to developer Goliath games,

"Everyone takes turns to roll the die to see how many chomps the pig will take. Push down the pig's head to chomp the burger. With every pump, the pig's stomach will get bigger, bigger, and bigger. But don't feed him too much because if he pops, you lose!"
Because everyone knows that people are fat because they're pigs and they eat too much, and if your kids didn't think that before, they do now.

Want one? You'll have to find it yourself as I'm purposely not linking to Goliath Game's website - wouldn't want them to benefit from my Google juice.

[Hat tip to my friend Brad Hussey from the Canadian Obesity Network whose 5 year old was innocently watching Scooby Doo when he was suddenly subjected to the commercial posted up above (email subscribers - gotta visit the blog for the video)]

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  1. this is sick on more than one level, who wants to see an animal pop/explode?

  2. There's some strange irony in promoting a large-person bias from a company called Goliath.

  3. Anonymous2:58 pm

    I'm not sure if I would have equated the pig with a person when I was a kid.

    Is "Hungry Hungry Hippos" considered an offensive game now, too?

  4. Bill Fabrey8:32 pm

    Just great! As if our kids aren't already exposed to enough things that promote disrespect for fat people, and fear of getting fat like and products like this promote size biogotry and eating disorders in the young.

    Thanks for bring this to our attention!

    Bill Fabrey
    Council on Size & Weight Discrimination
    Mt Marion, NY, USA

  5. Anonymous6:59 pm

    Anyone know where I can buy this? Pretty funny.