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Old 05-18-2011, 05:22 PM
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Default Junk food foes to McDonald's: Retire Ronald!

This to me smacks of people that just don't want to be parent's.

The next thing?? Retire Mickey Mouse because it appeals to kids.. and then parents have to go watch Disney movies and such.. and don't forget Disney World trips.. man those are expensive.. Maybe without Mickey.. paren't won't have to "work so hard"...

Granted.. McD's is crap food.. but the quality of the food won't change when you bring in Healthy Henry to replace Ronald McDonald....

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http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/18/news...dex.htm?hpt=T2




NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Ronald McDonald, the orange and white face of the popular fast-food chain that bears his name, is under attack by nutrition advocates who want him to be retired.

Their beef, so to speak, is that McDonald's uses clowns and toys to sell unhealthy food to impressionable children. The company argues that its marketing practices are responsible, and that its food is "high quality."

The push to retire Ronald is being led by a group called Corporate Accountability International, which plans to introduce a resolution calling for the clown's ouster at the company's annual shareholder meeting Thursday.

"Through this initiative, the public health community is rallying behind a simple message to McDonald's: stop making the next generation sick -- retire Ronald and the rest of your junk food marketing to kids," said Steven Rothschild, a professor at Rush Medical College and a backer of the resolution.

McDonald's is already being sued by a group of consumers and health care professionals over the toys that come in the Happy Meals marketed to kids. The group filed a class action suit late last year in California that claims the company's marketing practices violate state's consumer protection laws.

In addition, a group of Philadelphia nuns filed a proxy resolution in March asking McDonald's to investigate its "policy response" to concerns about the link between fast food and childhood obesity.


McDonalds stands by Ronald and says that it is committed to children's health and nutrition.

"We are committed to responsible advertising and take our communications to children very seriously," McDonald's said in a statement.

The company has argued that it has introduced healthy alternatives such as Apple Dippers and low-fat milk in Happy Meals. But critics say the company still serves French fries in the vast majority of its kid-friendly combo meals.

McDonald's (MCD, Fortune 500) also stressed that Ronald is the symbol of its flag-ship charity, Ronald McDonald house, which is dedicated to the health and well being of children.

"Ronald is an ambassador for good and delivers important messages to kids on safety, literacy and balanced, active lifestyles," the statement said.

Ronald McDonald, one of the world's most recognizable clowns, has been the company's mascot since 1971. He was joined shortly there after by a cast of imaginary characters including the Hamburglar, Grimace, Mayor McCheese and Captain Crook.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:33 PM
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Parents pointing the finger at others. How typical.
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I wouldn't eat at McDs but it's all about choices. These people seriously need to get a life.

A better direction for their concern might be making sure Obamacare is repealed.

I think it's the height of arrogance that these parents want to force their opinions and choices on everyone. You don't like Ronald, and think the toys promote unhealthy food? Don't go to McDs.
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We eat at McDonalds for lunch about 1x every 2months or so. I ain't gonna deny sometimes I feel like eating the fries! To me people have really miserable lives if they can point out others faults and parenting. Hella annoying.
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We eat at McDonalds for lunch about 1x every 2months or so. I ain't gonna deny sometimes I feel like eating the fries! To me people have really miserable lives if they can point out others faults and parenting. Hella annoying.
Meaning anyone specific?
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We eat at McDonalds for lunch about 1x every 2months or so. I ain't gonna deny sometimes I feel like eating the fries! To me people have really miserable lives if they can point out others faults and parenting. Hella annoying.


I think she's talking about the eejits that are protesting.
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Meaning anyone specific?
I think she's talking about the people in the article. You don't have to be so paranoid.

People think/talk about you a lot less than you think.
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The people in the article as Flo/County Mike stated. If it were anyone on this thread I would quote them then comment. I have never been coy on this forum and that won't change.
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I think she's talking about the people in the article. You don't have to be so paranoid.

People think/talk about you a lot less than you think.
Not paranoid.. just asking.. Because of my comment at the beginning.. specific to people not wanting to be parents.. which actually should have read.. "parents not wanting to be parents

The volume of talk/thought about me here hasn't really ever been on my mind that I can recall. At least not at a high level...
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I think that this is the first time I have ever seen this word in text.. thanks!
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