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Ronald McDonald Is Going Away Until People Like Clowns Again

Ronald will be hiding out in the shadows like Batman at the end of 'The Dark Knight' until the world is ready for his return.

by River Donaghey
Oct 12 2016, 2:09pm

Photo via Flickr user Steve Baker

America is deep in the throes of an evil clown mania. Guys with poor senses of humor are running around like Pennywise the Clown, schools are going into lockdown, and professional clowns are losing jobs left and right.

Perhaps the most famous clown in these modern times, Ronald McDonald, is not immune to the mass clown character assassinations either—McDonald's announced on Tuesday that it'll be downplaying the mascot's role until our nation learns to love red noses and oversize shoes again.

"McDonald's and franchisees in the local markets are mindful of the current climate around clown sightings in communities," a McDonald's spokeswoman told NBC News in an email. "And, as such, are being thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's participation in community events for the time being."

Ronald isn't gone forever, of course, but he'll be hiding out in the shadows like Batman at the end of The Dark Knight until the world is ready for his return.

Read: A Graduate of a Prestigious French Clown Academy Explains What People Don't Know About Clowning