Social media is a powerful tool, and kids are experts at using it to the best of their advantage. On Friday, the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama started trending, when disappointed kids trolled the First Lady, who is responsible for heading the efforts to make school lunches healthier.
But this may not have been Mrs. Obama’s intention when she set out to take on childhood obesity with her Let’s Move campaign. Instead of appealing lunch trays, high schoolers are presented with mushy concoctions, human hair, and other unpleasantries.
Here’s the question: Is it fair for teens to be accusing Michelle Obama for the awful looking lunches they are getting while at school? Some of these are certainly less than appetizing, and many look simply inadequate for kids who are at school for eight hours a day and need enough calories to handle their busy schedules.
Here is just a few examples of those who are saying #ThanksMichelleObama this Friday.
Grilled cheese and plastic for lunch..yummy #ThanksMichelleObama pic.twitter.com/YQ9N7XpLeB
— Kendrick (@KendraPohlman) November 21, 2014
— Erin Harris (@Erin1Harris) November 21, 2014
This is what they call a meal. #ThanksMichelleObama pic.twitter.com/lShJ2izXkQ
— Kyler sloan (@kyler_sloan) November 21, 2014
— brian (@BV11fl) November 21, 2014
— Garrett Freeman I (@garrettfreeman4) September 29, 2014
— Jacob Ferguson (@hashtagfergie) September 8, 2014
While many are using the #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag in a demeaning way, there are voices of reason which realize that this is not necessarily the First Lady’s doing and could be influenced by other factors, such as school budgets or cooking staff. Many are also making their complaining peers think about the fact that millions of children around the world don’t have any food to eat at all.
I'm not saying that doesn't look gross. But blaming how districts budget & contract food providers isn't Fed. issue #ThanksMichelleObama
— The Happy Feminist (@HappyFeminist) November 21, 2014
I'm disappointed about #ThanksMichelleObama. She championed improved standards in school food. She is not the lunch lady making the meals.
— Beth Rosen (@GGLiving) November 21, 2014
— Catrina Dennis (@ohcatrina) November 21, 2014
This is only a small sample of the hundreds of Twitter posts using the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama to show how they feel about their school lunch. Is the criticism of the First Lady fair?