Burger Restaurant Makes Fun of Teenage Vegetarians Because It’s Just a Phase, Right?!? (VIDEO)

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red robin vegetarianHow cool, Red Robin is now catering to vegetarians. Have you seen their latest commercial? It's all about how they serve 24 unique kinds of burgers, so they have something for everyone. Why, Red Robin even seves veggie burgers "for when your teenage daughter is going through a phase." Aww, they know us so well. Teenage girls and their ridiculous food phases. Har har har!

Harrumph! Really, Red Robin? Vegetarianism is just a phase for teenage girls? Tell that to all 40-somthing vegetarians I know. Maybe they went vegetarian when they were teenagers, but it was anything but a "phase."

Not to mention, who says the vegetarian "phase" is just for girls. Boys go vegetarian, too. Is there something girly about not eating meat? If anything, those of us who bleed every month should be MORE into meat than guys are. I mean, talk about teenage girl phases. How about that one that lasts a week and leaves you craving extra iron?

Okay, I'm done with the feigned outrage portion of this post. I see what Red Robin's doing here. This is a commercial for frustrated parents who spent years trying to feed their picky eaters, then trying to keep their growing pubescents from starving to death, only to land on planet vegetarianism. Yet another way feeding your kids has become complicated! Oh goody! Can you blame a parent if they're secretly hoping this vegetarian thing is just a phase?

It's probably not. Sorry parents. But think of it this way -- your vegetarian teen is just a few years away from going a way to college. And who knows, maybe by then they'll have converted you to their "phase" as well. Stranger things have happened... ahem, Bill Clinton.


Do you think parents hope their kids' vegetarianism is just a phase?


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Chana... Chanandler.Bong

I think your outrage over this commercial, feigned or not, is ridiculous.  They didnt say that only teenage girls are vegetarian, or that its only a phase to be vegetarian.  Also, lots of people are vegetarian these days, so I'm not sure what the point of this article is... But good to know that Red Robin has expanded their menu.  It's probably the best chain restaurant for my gluten free family to go to.

Felly... FellyScarlett

I think you're reading a little too far into this. My best friend is a 21 year old vegetarian and she wasn't offended. 

tuffy... tuffymama

It IS a phase for a lot of kids. Simmer down. You're gonna blow an artery over something silly.

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

Honestly this attitude makes me mad as well. Its not just a phase for most people. i went vegetarian as a teen, and got so much shit from my hardcore-meat eating relatives its not even funny. Now, 14 years later, I'm a vegn, and I still get flack for it. 

Shandi80 Shandi80

For me it isn't a phase, but I too saw this commercial and oddly enough, the first thing I thought was 'Oh, another stupid commercial from a restaurant that isn't very good.' I wasn't offended at all, just blew it off like any other dumb commercial that tries to get people's attention. Not really a big deal.

nonmember avatar Lilianne

While I wouldn't call this commercial "offensive", it is annoying. You think instead of alienating a growing group of consumers (vegetarians/vegans) from their resturant with offhand silly remarks, they would be trying to GET vegetarians to spend their hard earned dollars there by positively advertising their variety of options (which includes veggie burgers!). Not to smart on their advertising heads part IMO.

nonmember avatar damien

oh my..people all offended..oh dear oh me oh my

lulou lulou

Most 40 year old vegetarians arent going to go to Red Robin anyway.   As a 40 year old, I will go to Red Robin if I want something completely unhealthy, and actually saying Red Robin, makes me crave their seasoning salt and friend onion peppercorn burger.  However, as an around 40 year old, typical healthful eater, I will typically chose a locally owned healthier restaurant.  

Jim Corcoran

For a national chain that prides itself in their gourmet burgers, Red Robin sure makes a crappie veggie burger!

magis... magisnotonfire

My teenage daughter has been a vegetarian since she was 9. She saw this ad and was annoyed, but not offended. Either way, it wasn't a good marketing move.

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