Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Ronald McDonald Will Fight The Good Fight Until Long After We're All Dead From Heart Disease

"He is a force for good. He communicates effectively with children and families around balanced, active lifestyles. He does not hawk food."
McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner, when asked if the fast-food chain's made-up mascot Ronald McDonald would be forced to hang up his really big shoes anytime soon. An advocacy group has levied criticisms that the friendly redhead "is a pied piper drawing youngsters all over the world to food that is high in fat, sodium and calories" — the burger equivalent of the Marlboro Man and Joe Camel — and that he, to borrow a phrase, deserves a break. Forever!

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NicFit (#616)

That dude was at Disco 2000 every Wednesday night.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Good. I always liked Grimace better, anyway.

BadUncle (#153)

I work with someone that looks like Grimace. It's deeply disturbing.

HiredGoons (#603)

Children must like big dumb purple things.

See also: Barney.

deepomega (#1,720)

The solution isn't to make fast food harder to sell, it's to make fast food healthier. Duh?

Bittersweet (#765)

I keep reading "friendly redhead" as "creepy pervert."

similar cadence!

mathnet (#27)

It's not like Ronald McDonald actually makes anybody want to eat a burger.

KarenUhOh (#19)

It's just like that fucking guy in the plastic Burger King head. Now I want an aristocracy.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Really? having had just this discussion once. I know a bunch of people who, as kids, were terrified of clowns and say that Ronald actually frightened them. It would seem that as much as he does to pull kids in he actually also drives some away.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Honestly? As a youngin being forced to attend McDonaldland birthday parties, it was the food that terrified me- the clown just gave me an embarrassment-rash. I was a late bloomer in my appreciation for the artificial-beef-tallow-flavored-fries and the chum sandwiches.

Lots and lots of people die in car crashes! Hot chick mascots are used to sell fancy cars. The government owns most of huge car manufacturer. YOU DO THE MATH.

HiredGoons (#603)

I'm assuming that 'wand' is really a branding iron.

ow that hurt (#3,919)

At least he's not portrayed as slim and muscular. (I always thought he had a really big butt.. from eating all those french fries).

there is currently a promotion in mexico for potato chips, using buff
'super-heroes' with bodies (of course they are all light-skinned!)
which would a regular human 4 hours at the gym every day, no carbs,
no junk food, no beer, etc.

which is surreal, that they are promoting chips, which make kids fat and lazy.

(ahh..the new world.)

BadUncle (#153)

Once he's convicted of crimes against slenderity and sent up the river, maybe he'll become just as great an artist as fellow child killing clown John Wayne Gacy.

riotnrrd (#840)

Fucking gingers!

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