McDonald’s Mondays: Birth of a Clown II

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If ever there was a time that Ronald McDonald looked like John Wayne Gacy, this was it. This commercial aired in the Washingtion area in 1971, eight years after Ronald’s debut. As you can see, by ’71 he began to look a little more like the clown we know and love today. Still — the slightly askew make-up and the creepy Willard Scott voice make this one of the more terrifying Ronald appearances.. It just goes to show, even pop icons go through growing pains.

Does anybody else find it strange that the doll looks more like Ronald than Ronald does?

McDonald’s Mondays is a weekly series of posts written by our own Jim Squires that initially appears on his pop culture blog

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