Any one that has ever heard of the Golden Arches, also knows Ronald McDonald, with his bright yellow outfit, red shaggy hair and big red shoes. He has entertained children for decades. Now sadly, your cheeseburger and fries will not come with glimpses of this iconic clown. McDonald’s has decided to keep Ronald out of sight for a while.
Blame the Creepy Clowns
It’s a sad day when an honest clown like Ronald McDonald can’t stand around and entertain children, but McDonalds fear that the image of a clown is no longer a happy one, thanks to all the creepy clown sightings that have been happening since August.
They have said that out of respect for all of those who are in fear of clowns right now, they will not display the iconic Ronald McDonald statues, nor will Ronald McDonald make many public appearances. Perhaps it is even a good marketing strategy not to have such a scary image so closely identified with their product right now.
Professional Clowns Follow Ronald’s Lead
It may not be by choice, but a lot of other professional clowns are having to hang up their big noses and floppy feet now too, in wake of the creepy clown sightings. Clowns used to be a favorite at children’s birthday parties, but parents are no longer interested in having clowns around their children because of the wide spread panic of all the creepy clowns that have been reported.
Some say it is silly, and that all this clown hysteria is just a bunch of people playing pranks. But, without knowing that for sure, parents aren’t willing to take any chances, so clowns are not welcome at children’s parties right now. Besides many adults, too, are afraid of clowns and this creepy clown craze has aggravated that condition.
What’s the Story on These Clowns?
Everyone is speculating about the creepy clown sightings. There are rumors that say anything from just kids pulling pranks, to marketing schemes, to even, plain old hysteria. People have been reporting clown sightings since back in the 1980’s, but now with the internet and social media sites, the tales can spread much faster.
But, gossip is still gossip and we all know gossip grows as it spreads. One sighting of an innocent clown can suddenly turn into 3 sightings and the clown gets creepier as the tale is told. Let’s just hope, the clown mania dies out soon so that people won’t be looking over their shoulder for a crazed clown everywhere they go.
Then, just maybe Ronald McDonald can go back to work!
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Ronald McDonald fears kids will be afraid of him now too