Life coach Ryan Jackson accused of 'classism' for feeding his children lobster instead of junk
The Bali-based dad explained it was merely a 'proud moment' as his children ordered 'healthier' food off the menu
BALI, INDONESIA: A dad has hit back against internet criticism after saying his children enjoy eating lobster instead of junk food at McDonald’s. Life coach and author Ryan Jackson earned brickbats after posting a TikTok video of his two children enjoying 'the finer things in life' while eating a lobster omelette for breakfast.
Jackson added an onscreen caption that read, "When your children have grown up eating McDonald’s. They opt for the lobster omelette instead." Viewers leveled a number of criticisms against the video, with many accusing the father of perpetuating ‘classism’ and ‘privilege’.
One person wrote, "Not everyone can afford to feed their kids lobster omelette." Another said, "Just wait until your kids go to a friend's house and can’t control themselves over some Doritos." A third commented, "Tell me you’re rich, without telling me you’re rich."
Another user wrote, "Can’t relate - sorry! my kids have never eaten lobster or smoked salmon - they survive only off oysters, pearls, caviar and shredded gold."
Jackson has since posted a follow-up to defend the now-viral original clip, which has been viewed more than 1.4 million times.
The Bali-based dad explained it was merely a 'proud moment' as his children ordered 'healthier' food off the menu, which simply meant that his nutrition lessons had 'paid off'.
He replied, "Your right but there are far better options out there than fast food establishments." "There's a lot of references to classism and privilege and everything else which is bull***t, that's not the reality," he said. "To put it into context, we went away for my wife's birthday and at breakfast yesterday, my eldest son who's only seven, he had a wide variety of choices he could have made including things like pancakes with maple syrup, chocolate croissants, danish pastries, muffins with chocolate chips. But, rather than any of that, he opted for the lobster omelette. So, for me as a parent, that's a very proud moment."
The father-of-two added, "It reinforces that all the education and all the teachings I've been trying to give him around food and eating more consciously is paying off and so I wanted to share it.” He also noted, "A lot of people say that it should be okay as a treat once in a while. Personally, I don't feel it should be perceived as a treat for kids. There are far better things out there."