Oh no! The scary clown threats sweeping the country have claimed a national icon as a victim. Keep reading to find out why you won’t be seeing much of beloved Ronald McDonald anymore.
Thanks a lot creepy evil clowns! Because of the terrifying rash of clown threats and attacks, McDonald’s is going to be saying goodbye to its longtime mascot Ronald McDonald for now. The iconic character with the white painted face, red nose, bright red hair and yellow jumpsuit is going into hiding because scary clowns have given all clowns a bad rap these days. The company put out a statement that Ronald will be temporarily retired in, “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” because of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.”
The company didn’t say how long Ronald will be laying low, but the colorful character has been a longtime fixture on McDonalds parade floats nationwide, as well as working with kids. The beloved character has been around since 1953, and has even had his own giant balloon likeness in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But with the rash of evil clowns scaring and attacking people nationwide, we can see why they’d want sweet, goodhearted Ronald to not get lumped in with all of the terrible clowns out there these days.
Clown chaos really got out of control in Sept., when a wave of threats featuring clowns carrying out school violence swept the country, causing numerous districts to cancel classes as a precaution. Since then, people dressed as clowns have delighted in scaring and trying to attack random strangers. Things have gotten so out of hand an 11-year-old girl in Georgia was busted for bringing a knife to school to protect herself against clowns. A school district in Connecticut has banned clown costumes for Halloween, lumping them in with “symbols of terror.” On Oct. 3, reports of creepy clowns on the Penn State campus caused several hundred students to band together and engage in a clown hunt! Yep, clown terror is the real deal!
HollywoodLifers, are YOU afraid of clowns? Have you been the victim of a clown attack?