Anti-Family Food Court

Recently I went with my girls to a local Simon Mall.  As we had our lunch in the food court, I was moved to later send the following email to their customer service dept. when we arrived back home:

Hello,

The food court at this mall is definitely anti-family.
The main contributor to this hostile-to-families environment are the tv screens mounted everywhere playing unsuitable music videos during the hours when stay-at-home moms, grandparents and nannies and pre-k and toddler kids are there having a meal or snack while visiting the mall for shopping or to use the play area.

Both my kids are members of the Kidgets club, and we expect this mall to be family-friendly.

I do not want my children exposed to a music video, for example, where a man is stalked, bashed over the head, kidnapped, force-fed a substance from a bottle that he then reacts to as though drunk or drugged, then is struck repeatedly by grinning dancers.

Also, videos with rapper stereotypes of unhealthy relationships between the ‘pimps’ and ‘ho’s’, scantily clad females prancing around, and other repugnant images that seek to reinforce the culture that encourages lack of respect for oneself or others, low self-esteem, ingestion of toxic substances, promotion of promiscuity and other destructive messages.

If you MUST have music videos playing, then during weekdays from 9a-2:30pm (when grandparents, nannies and mothers with small children are most likely to be the main visitors to the food court)  could you make it a policy that only family-friendly videos will be shown.

I’m not asking for the Wiggles or Barney, just non-family-hating videos.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Sincerely,
Lara
Blogger
www.twiceblessedlife.com

It’ll be interesting to see if they take action on this or deem it to be beneath their notice.  If so, we may have to vote with our feet, which is a shame, because it’s a pretty good mall otherwise.

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2 thoughts on “Anti-Family Food Court

  1. My husband and I have a 12 month temporary lease in the food court at a Simon Mall in Mass. We’re one week in and our ears are ringing at night and we can’t sleep. They play the same inane music videos every 15 minutes continuously throughout the day. It’s terrible and their choice of programming – commentary and music is wretched.

    1. You have my sympathy! That chain of malls doesn’t seem to care that they are very clearly sending the message that they only care about the age demographic that would most likely be the main audience for that type of “entertainment”, and to heck with everyone else.

      A few decades ago, malls confined that kind of “entertainment” to the stores that catered to that demographic and kept the rest of the main areas family-friendly. I wonder what happened to cause the shift in focus? I doubt that that demographic’s spending exceeds the spending of older, younger and family groups put together.

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