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ralph wiggum
03-29-2010, 10:58 AM
A coalition of health professionals, parents and corporate accountability advocates is calling for Ronald McDonald to retire as a spokesman for the nation's largest restaurant chain, saying he has too much influence on kids.

Corporate Accountability International, which has waged campaigns against bottled-water companies and tobacco companies, said it plans to present the results of a survey Wednesday showing that most Americans agree.

The organization is asking Americans to urge the mascot to retire, spokesman Nick Guroff said.

A statement from McDonald's said Ronald's role as a brand ambassador hasn't changed. It's to bring out the fun side of having meals with family and to promote an active lifestyle.

LUNACY (http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_14775980)

FlaGator
03-29-2010, 11:04 AM
A coalition of health professionals, parents and corporate accountability advocates is calling for Ronald McDonald to retire as a spokesman for the nation's largest restaurant chain, saying he has too much influence on kids.

Corporate Accountability International, which has waged campaigns against bottled-water companies and tobacco companies, said it plans to present the results of a survey Wednesday showing that most Americans agree.

The organization is asking Americans to urge the mascot to retire, spokesman Nick Guroff said.

A statement from McDonald's said Ronald's role as a brand ambassador hasn't changed. It's to bring out the fun side of having meals with family and to promote an active lifestyle.

LUNACY (http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_14775980)

And here in lies one of the great problems in America. There are entirely to many people who think that they know what is good for everyone else and are willing to do the absurd in order to make themselves feel like they are actually contributing something important to the betterment of America society. Worse than that, there are far too many people who are willing to listen to them.

Gingersnap
03-29-2010, 11:05 AM
Surely it's the parents who buy this food and feed it to their precious snowflakes, right? I mean, 6 year olds aren't hopping in the car and loading up at the drive-through.

Instead of McDonald's retooling their spokes-cartoon, maybe the parents should learn to say "no".

NJCardFan
03-29-2010, 11:42 AM
Ronald McDonald's response:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epAXIdQrd5E&feature=related

Rebel Yell
03-29-2010, 12:11 PM
It's a conspiracy!!!!!!

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g269/glmr34/Funny%20Pictures/bkMcdSm.gif

linda22003
03-29-2010, 12:15 PM
A coalition of health professionals, parents and corporate accountability advocates is calling for Ronald McDonald to retire as a spokesman for the nation's largest restaurant chain, saying he has too much influence on kids.

And leave the kiddies in the clutching hands of the Burger King? :eek:

http://roflrazzi.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/celebrity-pictures-burger-king-his-turn.jpg

noonwitch
03-29-2010, 03:12 PM
And leave the kiddies in the clutching hands of the Burger King? :eek:

http://roflrazzi.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/celebrity-pictures-burger-king-his-turn.jpg



That's exactly what I was thinking.


Although, Burger King is the place with the apple fries-fresh apple slices that are cut to look like french fries. Poor kids who get tricked into that side dish!

Kay
03-29-2010, 10:19 PM
I have a funny Ronald McDonald story. I was living in Brownwood, Tx about 7 or 8 years ago when someone kidnapped Ronald right out of his yard! The McDonald's restaurant was right on the main hwy going through town. Someone nabbed him in the dead of night, the police pinpointed sometime between about 2 AM and 5 AM. (life size statue)

It was the headlines of the paper, and got to be such a big story. There was no ransom demand made, but there was a reward offered by the McDonald family for the return of little Ron. There were a few sightings of him reported, seen riding in various vehicles, but no leads. The police announced that if the 'nappers would just return him safely, no charges would be pressed. Finally, one day he was found standing in a busy intersection - apparently the kidnappers decided he was too hot to keep, and just turned him loose; or perhaps he had escaped. Anyway he finally was back home safe in his yard. The kidnappers were never caught, and speculation was that it was a group effort by several high school kids who passed him around as a prank.