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Hannah Montana Poisons Children

Updated on March 21, 2008

So cute... so poisonous...

**NOTE** These are examples of merchandise from the Hannah Montana range. These may or may not be the items referred to in the Center for Environmental Health warning. Exercise caution with any merchandise.
**NOTE** These are examples of merchandise from the Hannah Montana range. These may or may not be the items referred to in the Center for Environmental Health warning. Exercise caution with any merchandise.

Hey Hannah Montana Fans! Better watch out, some of that super cool merchandise y'all have been buying as if cheap rubbish is going out of style has been revealed to contain high levels of lead.

Why does that matter? Well, lead poisoning is very nasty, and exposure to low doses of it can build up over time to result in some very serious symptoms.

Eventually, exposure to lead leads to nausea and vomiting, headaches, muscle weakness, constipation, cramping, stomachaches, diarrhea, and then once you have enough of it, you're looking at paralysis, falling into a coma, a lowered IQ, and potentially death.

The affected items are backpacks and purses, so if you own a Hannah Montana backpack or purse, you might want to get rid of it before it starts attacking your nervous system (not to mention your digestive tract and renal (kidney) system.)

How did this happen?

Well boys and girls, Hannah Montana products are made in China, where there are few regulations on manufacturing standards, and even less on human rights. Those cute little accessories you bought were produced by women and children working in sweatshops, which are large factory rooms filled with people who work 12 hr + days and only get paid a few cents an hour if they're lucky. This has been a well known fact for many many years now, but in spite of the horrific conditions, consumers are still happy to buy products made in sweatshops, because they're cheap. It's only now that more and more cases of poisonous products are occurring that people are starting to wonder if they should continue buying cheap mass produced goods from China, as well as other third world nations.

For added irony, (irony is much better for you than lead, by the way, so don't be scared,) the company behind this is Disney. That's Disney, of Disneyland fame, 'the happiest place on earth.' But while thousands of tourists line up for rides and purchase the ridiculous trinkets sold throughout not only Disneyland, but retail stores across the globe, there are thousands of women and children who are working in what are probably the unhappiest places on earth.

Do we care? Evidently not. Should we care? Well, it might pay to. We've known for a long time that purchasing this type of product is immoral, but when confronted with an oh so cute piece of merchandise, it seems that huge portions of the population just can't resist adding to the overflowing piles of cheaply made goods that clutter their homes and lives.

Now we have to wonder if that clutter might not be poisoning us slowly.

Karma, anybody?

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    • Kosmo profile image

      Kelley 

      8 years ago from California

      Well, what do you expect? China is probably the most polluted country in the world. While Miley, in contrast, is still pristine, for the time being at least. At any rate, I like your moxie for writing this hub. Later!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Yes my dear this is so true..and I buy locally all the time..But I have to say F--- the Wal Mart's and the the big box sh__ that overtake my small community..we fought hard and donated much to prevent this,,in time and money and they friggen won anyways. the people move from the city and want everything they had there. Never mind the solititude of the country, the organic farmers we support and fight for. Hell no..give me a cheap price..even if it comes from these workers you are speaking of. do you really think they( meaning the buyers) think about that? "Money is the root of all evil" G-Ma :o) hugs and prayers

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      10 years ago

      Well I wouldn't blame the workers in the factories that make this stuff G-Ma, after all, they are probably being exposed to more lead and other poisons than we are, they work with the materials day in and day out.

      If you want to support people who make things, buy from local artisans and producers, that way you are supporting your own economy, you're not supporting the people who exploit the poor Chinese (and other third world workers), and you're less likely to be buying poisoned products.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      wow...that is heavy stuff..I had no Idea..I always think that it is okay to buy because they spent the time making it. Although not getting paid much...but seems like that is so untrue....and then they poison us...our mistake ? The devils work? or what? and HAPPY EASTER G-Ma :o) hugs

    • RFox profile image

      RFox 

      10 years ago

      Aint that the truth!

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      10 years ago

      Ah Disney, where we first learn to confuse evil for good...

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      Inspirepub 

      10 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      How ironic - my kids are watching Hannah Montana on Disney Channel as I read this - but don't worry, we don't DO merchandise, full stop, so their kidneys are OK. It's only their brains that wil be fried ...

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      10 years ago

      Thanks, Kenny :)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile image

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      That's telling them, Hope!

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