Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Game of Chicken


The phrase game of Chicken is used as a metaphor for a situation where two parties engage in a showdown where they have nothing to gain, and only pride stops them from backing down.

This seems to be an accurate description of what's going on with the Magic Chicken Diet lately.

The Magic Chicken Diet popped up on our radar in December and was brought to our attention only because the site was made as a clone to Kimkins. There are thousands of diet sites promoting fad diets on the internet and the only reason MCD attracted any interest was due to the similarities with Kimkins. Apart from the cloned site, the "catch terms" on the front page could have been directly taken from the Kimkins site, and perhaps they were. The similarities are carrying over to the FAQ page where issues that Kimkins has come under scrutiny for are addressed. For example "consult you doctor" and "no, we don't promote laxatives".

When MCD was first discussed on LCF, a former Kimkins admin, Becky, came out to defend the Chicken Lady. She seemed to have intimate knowledge of the Magic Chicken Diet and it's founder as she said:

"They can like it or not, but she was not a fraud, she was successful and real, and was well within her rights to start a business selling her diet. Contrary to their misinformed opinion, anyone can sell a diet, without a doctor or nutritionist affiliated, as long as it is within minimal safe legal standards, which hers was (and Kimkins isn't). She stated up front what the diet was better than Kimmer did (low carb, low cal, low fat), offered more support and more caution than Kimmer did, and kept calories higher, up within the range of MANY commercial diets that operate freely and unimpeded. The site cost her money she may or may not have recouped, and it certainly deprived her overnight of a stream of revenue she no doubt counted on. She has lost her business (and hopes of funding reconstructive surgery, apparently) right before what should have been her busiest season."

Fraud? I'm not aware of anyone that has questioned that Bonnie lost her weight, and we don't have a problem with it. We just don't like the diet, and should be allowed to say so.

Minimal safe legal standards? Kept calories higher? Just because you state that the diet provides 800 - 1200 calories doesn't make it so. Look at the sample menus. There is no way to get 800 calories following the suggested menu. And the calorie limit isn't stated on the front page or the FAQ, just on the menu page that's available to members only (and to yucky's friend's cousin, apparently - but that menu wasn't posted until several days after Becky's post).

She stated up front what the diet was better than Kimmer did? Yes, it did say low carb, low fat, low cal on the front page (it no longer does, by the way) but why is that different than Kimmers low carb, low cal that is clearly stated on the non-member section of Kimkins?

Offered more support? How would we know, before paying $69.95 to find out? It still says "introduction price for the first 200 members". There surely isn't much member support if there are not even 200 members on the site.

Deprived her overnight of a stream of revenue? With not yet 200 members? When the price went up from $19.95 to $69.95 just days before we blogged about the MCD so that any existing members must have paid the lower price? When there is absolutely no marketing of this site, unless Bonnie sells it on her candle route?

Her busiest season? For candles or the diet site? Again, there was NO marketing I could find of the MCD website.

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Then we have the recent events on the Magic Chicken Diet dot Net site. Something is terribly wrong there, but for what reason, I have no idea. Diversion? From what, and why?

The appearance of the recent troll on LCF coinciding with the MCD dot Net rant? And, the troll's blog? With comments from the troll originating from Fresno, CA that provides Heidi's internet service?

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Would Tippy Toes be involved in the MCD dot Com site? For some reason, the self-proclaimed son-in-law, Hulon, found it necessary to comment on Jimmy Moore's interview with Tippy where the MCD was just mentioned. There wasn't even anything bad said about it.

Tippy was at the time looking for a new "home", being shunned by the lowcarb community as a whole. Perhaps she found it at MCD. Surely, the Chicken Lady could use some more success stories and to get a poster girl that has been on National TV, promoting another starvation diet, would be quite a scoop for Bonnie. And, I'm sure Tippy wouldn't mind another paying job.

11 comments:

Prudentia said...

Interesting musings, Marisol. Time will tell. If Hulon is the man behind the dot net postings I'd say he hasn't done a whole lot to impress the in-laws. But then again, if Bonie and David don't have anything to do with it, and if they don't endorse it, why don't they protest what was written there? In fact, why don't they just come out and tell the truth about it all period? There are plenty of bloggers who would publish their comments. People can accept confession and repentance.

mariasol said...

Prudentia - Good point. Both David and Bonnie have blogs (not the dot net) and have not addressed any of it there.

Yucky said...

If Train A leaves Station B traveling east and Becky's intimate knowledge of the Magic Chicken Diet arrives on the 14th of December but everybody else's intimate knowledge of the Magic Chicken Diet doesn't arrive until the 17th of December, what is the resulting force (F) of the mass of bullshit (Mbs) times the velocity of coverup (vC) upon impact with the truth (t)?

Prudentia said...

I think the result is SPLAT ...Someone, Please Leave A Tip ...

I wish I had your way with words, Yucky! LOL

Anonymous said...

Is this Becky also Regandy? Or is there another Becky who snarled at the Ducks, blaming them for MCD woes? As it turned out, neither we nor Heidi had much to do with their demise - unpaid bills. Nor have we had much to do with their resurrection. But we are confoozled by the veiled animosity of the dot net guy towards certain blogs, skinny wives, and working women. Isn't it funny how even Kimkins spinoffs end up planting themselves in front of ducky microscopes?

mariasol said...

anonymous - This Becky is littlebit. A lot of Becky's in this drama, as well as Amy's LOL.
Confoozled is a good description. Why has there been no public statement by the "true" MCD people?

the other shoe said...

One. Name that tune: "They will not rest, apparently, until Tippy's site and this lady's site and anyplace else current Kimkins members might really fell warmly welcomed is gone."

Two. Name that step.

Three. Name that set which consists of those sets b, bb, hb, jbb, jmb.

kimkinscam said...

Martina, is that you? ...disgising yourself as a shoe? (oh it rhymes!! I'm SO funny!)

Here's a puzzle for you, Shoe:
iedi'shay oinggay otay ailjay! onesay

kimkinscam said...

Mariasol,
Nevermind my last comment. I reread shoe's comment (a few times)and I think I see it clearer now. I AM BLONDE - WHAT CAN I SAY.
It takes me a little while sometimes. LOL

Barbara B said...

Makes no sense to me why Bonnie would stop promoting her own diet on her candle website. But then, there's so much about the MCD that makes no sense. That is why us ducks have our feathers ruffled up.

fedup said...

One. Name that tune: "They will not rest, apparently, until Tippy's site and this lady's site and anyplace else current Kimkins members might really fell warmly welcomed is gone."

= Becky mad cause she n Tippy in bidnez together, gonna quick rich get, hawking Kimkins diet by any other name. Where to set up shop? Inside the Jimpire? Oh no you don't say the Jimmy. And all the Jimmyjoes say Oh no you don't, mama don't allow no Tippy toein round here. Becky all hmmph n poo on yall, ain't no big thang' cause see she got someplace else to go.

Two. Name that step.

= Texas Two Step. Becky n Bonnie in bidnez together, gonna quick rich get, hawking Kimkins diet by any other name. Where to set up shop? Inside the Chicken coop? Oh no you don't say the Nancies. And all the Ducks say Oh no you don't, mama don't allow no finger lickin round here. Becky all hmmph n poo on yall, and it's a big thang now cause see she runnin outa someplace elses to go.

Three. Name that set which consists of those sets b, bb, hb, jbb, jmb.

= MCD.net exit here Becky, Becky&Bonnie, Heidi&Becky, Jeannie&Becky, Jimmy&Becky. Get on out here. We -- the people -- the fed up with your greed, your lies, your conniving and your coverups -- we've had it. Get out. You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.