The Guardian recently made a short film about Joe Maggard, who served as McDonald's official Ronald McDonald for 12 years. However, in a sort of Family Guy cut scene turned real, Joe has struggled to relinquish the costume, regularly donning it at fairgrounds and schools. Totally voluntarily, it seems.
It wouldn't seem so strange if it didn't take three hours to put the make up on.
I Was Ronald is poignant and Joe seems likeable enough, but it crammed so much sub-text about the American dream down my throat that I feel like I just ate 20 McNuggets. Not that that's a bad thing.
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