A friend of mine sent me a link to this article this morning, which I promptly filed in my "ALL THAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA" folder, next to Kate Gosselin and a box set of Twilight novels.
Evidently, Disney has decided to issue refunds to buyers of its Baby Einstein videos after being threatened with a class-action lawsuit for "deceptive advertising." According to the CCFC, who backed the suit, the Baby Einstein videos did not live up to their "promise" to make babies smarter.
They DIDN'T? HOW CAN THIS BE TRUE? Those DVDs feature snorting pig puppets and ... and circles! And wind-up teeth! Watching them is like auditing a class at Harvard.
How any parent can go to Disney and request a refund with a straight face is beyond my comprehension. Those videos babysat your kids for YEARS, and they cost you all of $16. If anything, THE DVDs SHOULD BE SUING YOU. In fact, I have half a mind to offer our personal Baby Einstein collection back pay and a retroactive pension plan.
Personally, I think Disney should make these ruffled refund-requesters prove that the Baby Einstein videos were ineffective:
Reason for Return: My kid watched these videos two hours a day for three years, and look at him! He's an IDIOT.
Except then there would be written proof of what we learned in theBaby MacDonald "harvest" vignette: APPLES. They don't fall far from the tree.