Is Greenville responsible for the demise of Ronald McDonald?

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When the first reports about creepy clowns prowling a Greenville housing complex first emerged, few could have imagined they would kick off a chain of events that would end in the demise of a beloved cultural icon, Ronald McDonald.

OK, maybe “demise” is a bit too strong of a word. But make no mistake the clownpocalypse has forced McDonald’s to place their lead burger pitchman in a quasi-witness protection program.

And now the rest of the world has begun to notice that the red-shoed clown has gone MIA. NBC News broke the story, reporting:

With the nation thoroughly spooked by both real and fake sightings of “creepy” clowns, McDonald’s has decided to limit the public appearances of their signature red-haired, floppy-shoed figurehead, the fast-food giant revealed Tuesday.


“McDonald’s and franchisees in the local markets are mindful of the current climate around clown sightings in communities and as such are being thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events for the time being,” spokeswoman Terri Hickey said in an emailed statement.


Nationally, things have taken a turn for the worse for the country’s hard-working clowns, the eager men and women who live to delight young and old alike with their playful antics and balloon animals.

Some, however, are more than happy for the sudden disappearance of Ronald and his red-nosed ilk. According to a 2014 Rassmussen report, 43 percent of Americans hate circus clowns.

With all of that in mind, let’s take a trip back to glory days of Mr. McDonald, well before nation was in the middle of the creepy clown reign of terror.

What Do You Think?

One thought on “Is Greenville responsible for the demise of Ronald McDonald?”

  1. Of course I’m biased as I see how very happy he makes the children at our House The Ronald McDonald House here in Greenville. He also brings joy to the children and their families at nearby hospitals.
    When will we stop allowing the bad behavior of others determine how we live. Do we need to be careful and vigilant absolutely…but didn’t we all grow up learning about good and evil.
    I suppose we can make anything creepy and bad. Look what has become of Halloween. When I was a kid in the 60’s it was about dressing up, walking half the night knocking on doors, cutting up with your friends and eating way to much candy. Now some areas require trick or treating before dark, or not door to door at your local grocery store or strip mall.
    We should not give a constant platform to bad behavior, announce it and move on. The constant platform should be for those doing good in the community and the world, those efforts should be talked about again and again.

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