Girl Scouts selling cookies before a storm in New York City. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images.
“Cookie Karens” are shaming Girl Scouts and accusing little kids of supporting abortions
There are two things in this world, that, if nothing else, we all should be able to agree on: Girl Scout cookies are delish and being mean to kids is bad. Yet in a world filled currently filled with so much darkness, including a war and pandemic, some people have still missed the memo that we are all in desperate need of some simple kindness. Case in point, the angry adults who don’t see an issue with going on tirades and spewing hate at little cookie entrepreneurs who are just trying to hustle in the name of their Girl Scouts of the USA troop or a new badge.
As a former mini badass cookie seller, if I do say so myself, the biggest challenges and upset were going door-to-door in the freezing cold, rude grocery store patrons who would ignore my chipper sales pitches, and having to personally deliver the hundreds of boxes from my top-ranking orders. But unfortunately, the young Girl Scouts of today seem to have it much worse — to the point that it could take a toll on them.
Girls who join the Girl Scout organization range in age from 5-year-old Daisies up to 19-year-old Ambassadors, and just some of this filth that cookie-selling age children are getting hit with include: body and weight shaming, political and economical rants, and tirades fueled by misinformation — including false Planned Parenthood conspiracy theories.
My daughter is a Girl Scout and will be selling cookies this weekend. May the gods help any Karen who feels compelled to lecture her or any other Girl Scout. It will not end well for them. https://t.co/zyaPQY22Ol
According to Insider, cookie-selling scouts have become the target of adult bullies who are yelling at them about everything from price increases to the false accusations that cookie money goes to Planned Parenthood and Girl Scouts-support abortions. This simply isn’t true — according to the GSUA’s website, “Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.” And if you don’t believe that, Insider took it a step further reported that a GSUA federal 990 tax form shows that zero funding went to Planned Parenthood.
I walked out of the grocery store the other day and saw a woman in a 'blessed' t-shirt starting to rant the girls about how unhealthy the cookies were. I didn't do anything drastic I just walked over and asked if I could buy some cookies which redirected the girls to me.
Yes, certain aspects around Girl Scout cookies could be seen as problematic (including the use of palm oil which is driven by child labor and contributes to the destruction of rainforests), and if you opt to avoid buying them because of that? Fine. But harassing young girls about weight and body image, adult topics like abortion, and accusing them of pedaling cookies with unhealthy ingredients that are “poison” because they contain carbs? Oh, hell no.
PSA for those buying Girl Scout cookies:
Please do not make comments about weight gain or joke that you can't have Thin Mints in the house or talk about your low-carb diet or yell at the girls for "poisoning" people.*
In a now viral Tweet, Oona Hanson, a scout mom Los Angeles, felt the need to send a PSA to adults who are actually spewing this nonsense, reminding them that its elementary school girls they’re talking to — and that these remarks are damaging.
“Please do not make comments about weight gain ,” she writes, “or joke that you can’t have Thin Mints in the house or talk about your low-carb diet or yell at the girls for ‘poisoning’ people.”
I'm currently reading the Girl Scout Research Institute Report called "Weighing In," and my head might explode.https://t.co/Ld7QuX0mWq
She also adds: “It’s hard to grow up courageous and confident if you’re afraid of food and critical of your body. For Girl Scouts, cookie season can be fraught because they are bombarded with harmful messages. Remember you can simply say, ‘no, thank you’ if you don’t want to buy anything!”
Thanks for the reminder, says this woman who started receiving toxic messages about her body as a skinny but not petite teen.
Ohio mom Morgan Shelly told Insider about another food-shaming incident that happened with her group of 9 and 10-year-old girls at a local grocery store. She said that one woman simply, “looked at the girls and just responded, ‘Cookies make you fat.’ And walked away.”
“The girls were at the age where something like this can really destroy your self-esteem,” she added.
And then there’s another type of cookie Karen — the type which Melissa Atkins Wardy recalled interacting with her 7-year-old daughter. “The lady took the cookie form and shoved it back into my daughter’s chest, and said, ‘I don’t support programs that support abortion,’” Wardy said. “And I was like, ‘Are you freaking kidding me? My kid is 7. She has no idea what you’re talking about.’ And so we left.”
Thankfully, she said it went over her daughter’s head, “but I’m like, ‘I don’t want to explain to my 7-year-old what an abortion is,” she added. “It doesn’t matter what my feelings are on the subject.’”
These moms aren’t the only parent who has witnessed these adult bullies go off on girls and is speaking out about it.
One mom stated that the interpersonal interactions is the reason her kids only sell online now.
if you are harassing girl scouts for anything, but particularly for selling "junk food," you are not a good person
Also: if you’re yelling at a kid for selling cookies, you might want to take a close look in the mirror — not to fat-shame yourself, but to ask yourself while you have to verbally abuse a little kid who just wants you to chill out and have a samoa.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128