Blaming Ronald McDonald for everything

United States
April 1, 2010 6:52pm CST
Okay, I know they aren't blaming the fictional clown for everything, but a group, Corporate Accountability International, has a long list of what McDonald is responsible for: heart disease, diabetes, animal welfare abuses, labor exploitation, unceasing environmental destruction and the break down of the food system. I'm like "wow, seriously?" I didn't know that a tall man with a red fro, a yellow jumpsuit and huge red shoes was responsible for so much turmoil in our world. I get that fast food is associated with current health issues, but to say one chain and its icon is responsible for all the before mentioned "social ills" is a bit extreme in my opinion. What do you think?
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10 responses
@myzire72 (1157)
• Singapore
3 Apr 10
Fast food, aka junk food, are known to cause the illnesses like what you mentioned, to a certain extent. But it's not really fair to just point the accusing finger at McDonald's only. For what I know, McDonald's has done quite a fair bit of change to make sure their food are health-friendly by using only vegetable oil for cooking their fries and meat patties. They have also changed their packaging to eco-friendly materials. Last but not least, they are involved in charity too. Yes, all these are just front-end appearances. I'm not sure what's going in the backend. To those people who accuse McDonald's, I would say, give McDonald's a break. They don't have to patronize McDonald's if they don't want to.
@sushie93 (1359)
• France
2 Apr 10
It is unfair for Ronald Mcdonalds, okay, he has created this fast food but he doesn't do anything to force people to eat his foods. People are irresponsable for themself and blame Ronald Mcdonalds, it is a shame for them...
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
2 Apr 10
The disease that grow inside of us is definitely our own responsibility. we have to control with what we eat. if we have strong control, i guess the disease won't stay inside us. or even we eat MC donalds, limited just for one per week and adding more fruits and vegetables in our food.
• United States
2 Apr 10
You're right, its our own responsibility. We do have control over what we eat and what we feed our children. Thank you for your response.
@phyrre (2324)
• United States
2 Apr 10
I think that this wouldn't be such a problem if people had a little common sense. No one claimed that all this fast food that's covered in grease and everything was healthy. Anyone that's watched them get fries out of the grease knows it's not. Obviously. Use a little common sense and good judgment. Gee, you think you might get fat if you eat only this food every day for three meals? Yes. I think it's ridiculous to blame them, though. If I go into Kroger every week and buy a bunch of oreos and eat those 24/7 can I sue Kroger for getting fat, having cavities, and all the other health issues because they supplied the food? No. No one forced me to buy it or eat it. I CHOSE to, therefore I'm liable for whatever side effects there might be. The same applies for McDonalds. Fast food was not meant for daily consumption, but, sadly, some people don't realize that.
• United States
2 Apr 10
That is so true. We all make choices and have to live with the consequences. Thank you for your response.
@drshav (205)
• Philippines
2 Apr 10
I dont think we should blame Mcdonalds for it (whatever that list is). Honestly i love Mcdonald so much but i believe that we all have responsibilities in ourselves. We should be the one to know what is bad for ourselves and not them. Besides mcdonalds isnt the only fast foodchain in this world theres lots actually. Responsibility is within ourselves we shouldnt blame every bad thing thats happening with us to whomever.
• United States
2 Apr 10
I love McDonalds too and I agree completely that we are responsible for ourselves. Thank you for responding.
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
2 Sep 10
I think it's silly too to blame a clown because in truth we are the ones who choose what we eat. We can't simply blame anybody for our actions but then there's also a truth to it that whenever you say the clown of McDonald you were tempted to eat. Maybe if this food corporation would overhaul their food in to something healthy their image might start looking good. I think it's not a hard thing to do to follow the health issues being thrown at them. They should start creating food that is more healthier in benefits so that the people will appreciate them more.
@madteaparty (2761)
• Japan
2 Apr 10
Ronald McDonald is just a pet of a big "restaurant" chain. You can't blame the mascot for all the bad that a company does, and whoever does that, I think that person doesn't have a brain. It's true that McDonalds does many bad things, but there are many people that complain after going to buy a quarter pounder... that's being a hypocrite in my opinion
• Philippines
2 Apr 10
I never really get why they blame the food, when we all know that the food on table cannot go inside your body on it's own. Blame the owner of the hand who took it and the mouth who chewed it. I mean come on. We all have options, you can always not eat mcdonalds, nobody is forcing you to, we all know it's unhealthy, but we still eat it CONSCIOUSLY. So I don't see why we blame Mcdonalds or any fast food stores at that for our health problems.
@louis488 (53)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Yea I know I was watching TV and this doctor was crying about how fast food make pore people fat because its so cheep. I am talking about the supper morbidly obese. Now if I ate 1 value meal for each meal ( and i don't think one value meal fills up people that are like 400 lb +) lets see that's 3 times 2.99 well 9 dollars a day or 62 dollars a week. I don't spend that much at the grocery and that includes buying soap and shampoo and stuff like that.
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
2 Apr 10
The consumers are to blame, not Mcdonald