If today’s Ronald McDonald looked more like his original incarnation, the McDonald’s CEO might have a tougher time defending against those asking for the burger clown’s resignation. Have you seen the first Ronald? Played by Willard Scott, he’s a clown with a soda cup for a nose and a tray of food as a hat. He also has a food tray attached to his belt which will magically produce three hamburgers in a row on demand. You can see why this Ronald was streamlined into the version we know today. Because he looks like a serial killer.
After a half century of scaring/entertaining children for McDonald’s, a health advocacy group is saying it’s time for Ronald McDonald to retire, not because he’s getting long in the tooth (and hasn’t managed to get any less creepy after all these years), but because they believe he’s enticing young kids into eating fast food.