Stacey Folsom, national spokesperson for Corporate Accountability International, which launched the Retire Ronald campaign, blames the clown for the rise of childhood obesity in the U.S.
“McDonald’s, and its iconic clown, is not only the face of the epidemic: it is the engine behind it. No corporation has done more to hook kids on unhealthy food, influencing brand loyalties and eating habits that can last a lifetime,” Folsom said in a statement.
Ronald McDonald is responsible for the rise of obesity in the US? Can nobody accept responsibility for anything anymore? Who is buying these kids their Happy Meals 7 nights a week? McDonald's isn't free you know. McDonald's is a fun place to go when you're a kid. I had a birthday party there 20+ years ago and I thought it was pretty cool. McDonald's is not the engine behind the 'obesity epidemic.' Maybe if more moms stayed at home (instead of working jobs where they barely take home any money just so they can feel good about themselves) and actually COOKED healthy meals for their kids they wouldn't be shoving fries in their mouths and guzzling pop every night. Hey, can we blame feminism for the obesity epidemic???
I know there are many working moms who have to work and who do awesome jobs at taking care of their kids - but there alot of women out there who put career ahead of family in the name of equality, and their children suffer accordingly. We can't talk about that though, it's not politically correct.
Anyway I don't want to see Ronald go. SMW might be a health nut but you will pry that McDonald's cheeseburger and my Ronald McDonald action figure out of my cold, dead hands.
McDonald's, however, has defended its mascot and has no intention of retiring him.
“Ronald McDonald is a beloved brand ambassador for McDonald's. He is the heart and soul of Ronald McDonald House Charities, which lends a helping hand to families in their time of need, particularly when families need to be near their critically-ill children in hospitals,” the company said in a statement to QMI Agency.
“Ronald also helps deliver messages to families on many important subjects such as safety, literacy, and the importance of physical activity and making balanced food choices. That's what Ronald McDonald is all about, which our customers know and appreciate.”