McDonald's classic clown, Ronald McDonald, is taking a vacation amidst news of so-called "creepy clowns," which have been scaring and possibly harming children. A company representative said, "McDonald's and franchisees in the local markets are mindful of the current climate around clown sightings in communities and as such are being thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's participation in community events for the time being."
The issue began with reports of clowns luring children into unsafe places in South Carolina. Since then, pranks across the country have scared kids and taken much of the fun out of clowning.
- A look at several clown association sites reveals no statement about the issue. Should they have a statement? If so, what? If not, why not?
- Why do you think the associations don't yet have statements? Your response could be related to the previous question—or not.
- Did McDonald's make the right decision in benching Ronald for a while? What's your view of the short statement?