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Down with the Clown: Third Graders Stand Up to McDonald’s Junk-Food Marketing


Originally published by Grist on 05/26/2013

Last week at the McDonald’s shareholder meeting, the world’s largest fast food chain heard from a brave 9-year-old, Hannah Robertson. She was among a growing chorus of parents, teachers, and kids calling out the company for its relentless marketing to kids, especially with the use of its iconic clown, Ronald McDonald. (Who, by the way, I’ve always found creepy).

“It would be nice,” said Robertson at the company’s annual meeting in Chicago on Thursday, “if you stopped trying to trick kids into wanting to eat your food all the time.”

CEO Don Thompson responded, “We are not marketing unjustly to kids.”

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