A quick Google search for vegetarianism’s origins reveal that it dates back to ancient Greece
. Hardly a fad. And yet, burger chain Red Robin managed to anger vegetarians everywhere by comparing the practice of eating only vegetables to a passing phase.
A new commercial features an actress who touts the 24 different kinds of burgers Red Robin offers, and, “They even have a Gardenburger just in case your teenage daughter is going through a phase.”
Here’s the commercial:
Vegetarians have taken exception to their lifestyle being compared to a teenage girl’s flights of fancy.
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In its response to only a fraction of the offended parties who took the time to comment on Red Robin’s Facebook page
, the company falls well short of an apology:
“… our intent was to indeed promote some of our different menu offerings with our Gardenburger ad, and we appreciate you sharing your feedback here.”
A spokesperson talked to The Huffington Post
and said the ad would be yanked from the air soon, but did not apologize, though some of the Facebook commenters who took issue with the ad specifically requested one
Other commenters called the ad not only insulting to vegetarians, but also sexist