Yet another reason to support the restaurants within the vicinity of you that actually cook real food, as opposed to the flash-frozen, chemically engineered, violently produced, nutritional poison that is the cancer they wrap up and serve to you at McDonalds: they are a corporate entity that hates kids, and they hate the charities of kids, and they make the charities of kids they think are infringing on their trademark spend thousands of dollars defending themselves. True story.
(‘’)Lauren McClusky–who, take notice, has a first name beginning with “Mc”–has done fundraisers/charity concerts with her last name serving as the inspiration for titling them: “McFest.” The charity shows have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics, which generally benefit kids way less advantaged than you are. As in, you’re not retarded. So imagine McClusky’s shock when she went to protect the name of her event only to have McDonalds try to sue the McMoney out of her (and the Special Olymnpians). And then when they wouldn’t relent:
To date, it’s cost her roughly $5,000 — money she wishes had gone to Special Olympics kids instead of attorneys…
…McClusky hopes for a truce that will allow her to keep the McFest name. Still, she’s unwilling to make a corporate sponsorship tradeoff along the lines of “McDonald’s Presents McFest.” For their part, McDonald’s representatives maintained that they have no desire to squash McClusky’s charitable efforts, and desire an “amicable resolution…However, the law requires us to guard against third parties that infringe our trademarks and to take the necessary action to stop those infringements,” said McDonald’s spokeperson Ashlee Yingling. “We believe the mark at issue, ‘McFest,’ is similar enough to our brand name and McDonald’s famous family of ‘Mc’ trademarks that it’s likely to cause confusion under trademark standards and/or dilute our valuable trademark rights.”
McDonalds refused to say anything else, well knowing that (A) It didn’t matter because (B) they’re an enormous, awful, multinational corporation who only brings bad things to the world, like the Arch Deluxe, and hating Special Olympians, and (C) because what good has come from a major international food conglomerate? Ever. Serious. It’s all going to be the same, soon. Even the New York Times is sick of this bullshit, penning an editorial this weekend they titled “Big Food“:
At the end of 2008, 10 companies accounted for two-thirds of the world’s beer sales, up from 40 percent in 2000.
Think about the way food corporations exist and if, seriously, they have done anything really great for you as a consumer, for as long and as hard as you can. Whatever answer you could possibly produce could be counteracted with a quick look at health statistics around the world, the production means that get these companies’ food to you, or the alternatives that you have available to you. Don’t eat at McDonalds. Don’t buy from Kraft. Don’t drink Heineken. They are machines and they all hate you.