Joe Camel, Marlboro Man Want Ronald McDonald to Retire

Demonstrators say Oak Brook-based food giant "clowns around" with kids' health.

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Mascots that once promoted popular products are coming out of retirement and have set their sites on one famous clown...
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Demonstrators with the group Corporate Accountability International canvassed downtown Chicago on Wednesday to call for the retirement of Ronald McDonald.
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The group contends that Ronald's popularity encourages young people to eat unhealthy foods.
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"We're clowning around today to call serious attention to the need for McDonald's to stop clowning with kids' health," said CAI Senior Organizer, Deborah Lapidus.
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Joe Camel and the Marlboro man, who both retired due to public outrage, were also on-hand.
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The demonstration made its way to the offices of advertising giant Leo Burnett and wrapped things up at the Rock 'n Roll McDonald's.
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Passers-by were stopped to take photos with members of the group and sign a petition. The photos will be sent via email to stockholders.
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McDonald's recently responded to the controversy, saying that Ronald shows off the fun side of having meals with family and promotes an active lifestyle.
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