Campaign to Retire Ronald McDonald

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macrumors Penryn
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Jul 11, 2003
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I don't eat McDonald's but this is just wrong. :(



CHICAGO — Retire Ronald McDonald? No way.
That's the message McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner gave Thursday to critics of the red-haired clown, who say the character promotes unhealthy eating to kids and should go the way of Joe Camel.

"The answer is no," Skinner told a room full of shareholders gathered for a meeting at the company's headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Ill.

"He is a force for good," Skinner said, adding that the nearly 50-year-old clown is an ambassador for the McDonald's brand and its Ronald McDonald House Charities. "He communicates effectively with children and families around balanced, active lifestyles. He does not hawk food."

Shareholders applauded Skinner. And they unleashed a chorus of boos when representatives of the advocacy group Corporate Accountability International requested the famous icon be shelved — for good.

"Ronald McDonald is a pied piper drawing youngsters all over the world to food that is high in fat, sodium and calories," said Alfred David Klinger, a retired Chicago physician who volunteers with the organization. "On the surface, Ronald is there to give children enjoyment in all sorts of way with toys, games and food. But Ronald McDonald is dangerous, sending insidious messages to young people."

The Boston organization, which calls itself a nonprofit corporate watchdog, has spent the past two months mounting a "Retire Ronald" campaign.

So far it has received support from about 10,000 people, said senior organizer Deborah Lapidus.
Hey Deborah, **** you!

 

Zombie Acorn

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Comparing Ronald to Joe Camel is just ridiculous.
Number of deaths for leading causes of death, mmm start those kids off right.

* Heart disease: 631,636
* Cancer: 559,888
* Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 137,119
* Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 124,583
* Accidents (unintentional injuries): 121,599
* Diabetes: 72,449
* Alzheimer's disease: 72,432
* Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,326
* Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 45,344
* Septicemia: 34,234
 

Mousse

macrumors 68020
Apr 7, 2008
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Why can't these fascist organizations leave Ronald alone?:mad:

And Skinner, bring back the Hamburglar, Grimace and the Fry Guys. I love the Hamburglar's antics and the Fry Guys are adorable. Grimace gives me the hebbie jebbies, but he's harmless enough (although I don't know which of the foods he represents:p).
 

rhett7660

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Jan 9, 2008
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Why can't these fascist organizations leave Ronald alone?:mad:

And Skinner, bring back the Hamburglar, Grimace and the Fry Guys. I love the Hamburglar's antics and the Fry Guys are adorable. Grimace gives me the hebbie jebbies, but he's harmless enough (although I don't know which of the foods he represents:p).
Grimace was the shake wasn't he?
 

-aggie-

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Jun 19, 2009
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Where bunnies are welcome.
Number of deaths for leading causes of death, mmm start those kids off right.

* Heart disease: 631,636
* Cancer: 559,888
* Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 137,119
* Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 124,583
* Accidents (unintentional injuries): 121,599
* Diabetes: 72,449
* Alzheimer's disease: 72,432
* Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,326
* Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 45,344
* Septicemia: 34,234
Whether you know it or not (and I’m not going to find the link), kids don’t need to eat the way we adults do. They actually need fat for their brains to develop. It’s what they do later that matters.
 

MyDesktopBroke

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He's really creepy, though. He rarely talks. He stares at little kids with a blank grin on his face. He wildly leaps around for no reason. He's a clown. He's borderline disgusting to look at, with a mop of tangled, greasy red hair and smears of makeup all over his face. He inspires vomiting, not consuming.

I've never been to a McDonalds, and the mascot was one of the big reasons why (this was before I learned about good eating, too).

Give him the boot.
 

BlizzardBomb

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Jun 15, 2005
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Number of deaths for leading causes of death, mmm start those kids off right.

* Heart disease: 631,636
* Cancer: 559,888
* Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 137,119
* Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 124,583
* Accidents (unintentional injuries): 121,599
* Diabetes: 72,449
* Alzheimer's disease: 72,432
* Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,326
* Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 45,344
* Septicemia: 34,234
Parents are ultimately responsible for what their children eat. Hardly any children out there have access to enough money to buy enough McDonalds to give them a heart attack. It's the parents which decide what their children eat most of the time and I don't see how whatever McDonald's mascot is will influence them.
 

Zombie Acorn

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Parents are ultimately responsible for what their children eat. Hardly any children out there have access to enough money to buy enough McDonalds to give them a heart attack. It's the parents which decide what their children eat most of the time and I don't see how whatever McDonald's mascot is will influence them.
Its programming kids to associate **** food with happy times. Take their favorite character and plop it on the most unhealthy food possible, win. It is ultimately the parents who are responsible for their kids, thats the problem, we have ****** parents. Society will pay for it in the long run.

Whether you know it or not (and I’m not going to find the link), kids don’t need to eat the way we adults do. They actually need fat for their brains to develop. It’s what they do later that matters.
You realize theres a difference between the fat you get in a mcdonalds cheeseburger and say natural peanut butter right? We have young kids with diabetes these days, its pretty sickening.
 

puma1552

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Christ almighty this is some stupid sh*t. Find something better, more important, and most importantly--something concrete, to b*tch about. Coming out and going "Oh--this place sells fatty foods, they are responsible for thousands and thousands of deaths" is just idiotic and bona fide stupid.

Try being accountable for your own actions rather than always looking for someone else to blame. God I hate America when I see this kind of crap; in my experience it's only America who looks to blame society for their personal problems that a little self restraint and self control could take care of. Nobody is forcing you to eat McDonald's.

If parents can't raise their kids right, that's too damn bad. It's not the fault of McDonald's. People need to quit blaming piss-poor parenting on society and thinking it's society's job to raise your kids. It's just as bad as people who expect teachers to raise your kids. If you don't want to raise them properly, then you shouldn't have kids in the first place, it's as simple as that.

The responsibility lies with the parents, end of story. Stop making excuses.
 

cleanup

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Whether you know it or not (and I’m not going to find the link), kids don’t need to eat the way we adults do. They actually need fat for their brains to develop. It’s what they do later that matters.
Wow.

The issue is beyond whether or not McDonald's food is unhealthy for children (which it is, by the way). It also encompasses the message that Ronald sends to his consumers: I am fun-loving, I have toys, and I work at McDonald's where they serve really good-tasting food loaded with sugar, fat, salt and casomorphin opiates. What children do early in life dictates and shapes behaviour, preferences and beliefs later on in life. Do you think nothing you did, liked, or consumed as a child has affected the way you are today? If so, then you must've been one stupid kid.
 

puma1552

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Everyone in America wants freedom of speech, capitalism, democracy, etc.

This is what you get, so you have no reason to complain.
 

TuffLuffJimmy

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Way to twist my words around.:rolleyes:
So what were you trying to say? Because you definitely implied that McDonald's was good for children, because they need fat to develop properly. I say children have been developing for thousands of years just fine without McDonald's and there is absolutely NO good reason to feed a child McDonald's.