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Consumer Group: Cookie-Boycotter MeMe Roth Should Mind Her Own Business

New York—Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) criticized the self-anointed obesity activist MeMe Roth for attacking the Girl Scouts in her anti-fat crusade. Roth called for a nationwide Girl Scout Cookie boycott this morning, demanding that “all civic organizations must cease” raising money by selling scout cookies.

“A Thin Mint never hurt anyone,” said CCF Senior Research Analyst Trice Whitefield in response. “MeMe Roth is apparently the self-appointed national cookie czar. This is the same woman who had to be physically restrained in Philadelphia last year after she tried to vandalize a snack table at the YMCA. Roth’s deepest, darkest fear is that, somewhere, there’s a child enjoying a snack.”

Appearing on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in November, Roth agreed with correspondent Rob Riggle’s suggestion that “eating a cupcake is the same as putting a gun in your mouth.” A month later, she took her smear campaign into Christmastime, insisting that a fat Santa Claus is a poor role model for children.

“MeMe Roth should give us all a break from her silly food-cop media stunts,” Whitefield continued. “Food cops won’t be happy until the Girl Scouts are reduced to selling high-fiber oat bran biscuits to raise money; Americans are tired of being lectured by these holier-than-thou snack tyrants.”

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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