Retire Ronald McDonald…?

The Chicago Tribune reported McDonald’s has no intention of retiring Ronald McDonald, with company CEO Jim Skinner declaring, “[Ronald] is a force for good…he does not hawk food.” Um, what planet is this guy living on? If Ronald is not hawking food, it’s only because the fast feeder’s menu items are not technically food. And if you can’t draw a direct connection between the red-haired icon and the childhood obesity epidemic, well, you’ve probably had one McFlurry too many.

McDonald’s says it won’t retire Ronald

By Wailin Wong | McDonald’s Corp. Chief Executive Jim Skinner was unequivocal in his support of company mascot Ronald McDonald, who came under fire from two investors at the company’s annual meeting Thursday.

“Ronald McDonald is not retiring,” Skinner said, prompting the audience to applaud. Skinner added sternly: “He is a force for good…he does not hawk food.”
Deborah Lapidus, senior organizer at Corporate Accountability International, had called for the retirement of Ronald McDonald and the end of marketing to children


Ronald McDonald (Delft, Netherlands), august 2005
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The Chicago Tribune reported McDonald’s has no intention of retiring Ronald McDonald, with company CEO Jim Skinner declaring, “[Ronald] is a force for good…he does not hawk food.” Um, what planet is this guy living on? If Ronald is not hawking food, it’s only because the fast feeder’s menu items are not technically food. And if you can’t draw a direct connection between the red-haired icon and the childhood obesity epidemic, well, you’ve probably had one McFlurry too many.

McDonald’s says it won’t retire Ronald

By Wailin Wong | McDonald’s Corp. Chief Executive Jim Skinner was unequivocal in his support of company mascot Ronald McDonald, who came under fire from two investors at the company’s annual meeting Thursday.

“Ronald McDonald is not retiring,” Skinner said, prompting the audience to applaud. Skinner added sternly: “He is a force for good…he does not hawk food.”
Deborah Lapidus, senior organizer at Corporate Accountability International, had called for the retirement of Ronald McDonald and the end of marketing to children. Leer más “Retire Ronald McDonald…?”

General Motors Is Racist. Period.

Target Market News posted the story below, which demonstrates once again that General Motors is full of shit. Back in 2007, former GM executive Mark LaNeve went on record to insist the automaker would continue to partner with minority advertising agencies. As it turned out, LaNeve was a fucking liar. Now another GM honcho actually admitted that White agencies would handle assignments usually awarded to minority firms. Wow. A corporation goes bankrupt—and begs for bailout money from the nation’s first Black president—yet still screws Black shops while conspiring with the White agencies responsible for producing work that has consistently failed to ignite sales. Only in America.




Target Market News posted the story below, which demonstrates once again that General Motors is full of shit. Back in 2007, former GM executive Mark LaNeve went on record to insist the automaker would continue to partner with minority advertising agencies. As it turned out, LaNeve was a fucking liar. Now another GM honcho actually admitted that White agencies would handle assignments usually awarded to minority firms. Wow. A corporation goes bankrupt—and begs for bailout money from the nation’s first Black president—yet still screws Black shops while conspiring with the White agencies responsible for producing work that has consistently failed to ignite sales. Only in America. Leer más “General Motors Is Racist. Period.”

Diversity By Invitation Only…?

The Advertising Age story on the Super Bowl study featured an excerpt worth examining:

While the study highlights the ad industry’s longstanding problem with diversity, it is also keeping that discrimination investigation in the headlines. This attention, paired with a lack of dialogue with agency leadership, could hinder real change, said American Association of Advertising Agencies CEO Nancy Hill. [Más…] “I think it makes it difficult, especially if agencies aren’t invited to have a discussion,” Ms. Hill, the only agency representative at the press conference today, said of the project’s press-first strategy. “It makes it feel like [the Madison Avenue Project] doesn’t want to have a conversation.”



The Advertising Age story on the Super Bowl study featured an excerpt worth examining:

While the study highlights the ad industry’s longstanding problem with diversity, it is also keeping that discrimination investigation in the headlines. This attention, paired with a lack of dialogue with agency leadership, could hinder real change, said American Association of Advertising Agencies CEO Nancy Hill. Leer más “Diversity By Invitation Only…?”

The Help In Black & White.

“I was labeled ‘psychologically sick,’ ‘morally senile,’ and was accused of possessing ‘a vile racist imagination,’” Styron recalled in his introduction to the 1994 Modern Library edition of the book. “The major complaint was … how dare a white man write so intimately of the black experience, even presuming to become Nat Turner by speaking in the first person?”

Forty-two years later, “The Help” (2009), a novel narrated, in large part, by African-American maids in the Deep South of the early 1960s, was published. Instead of scorn and enmity, author Kathryn Stockett, who is white, has been greeted with rapturous reviews, spectacular sales and a movie deal.

What’s the difference?




From The Chicago Tribune…

White novelist tackles truths of black life in ‘The Help

Julia Keller
Cultural Critic

The last time a white writer tried to give prolonged fictional voice to the thoughts and emotions of an oppressed black person in a major novel, the result was devastating — not for literature, which gained a profound and powerful novel titled “The Confessions of Nat Turner” (1967), but for the life of William Styron, the man who wrote it. Leer más “The Help In Black & White.”