McDonald’s sent shockwaves through the fast-food industry by literally turning its iconic golden arches upside down, creating a colossal, bubble-letter W. While the global giant is synonymous with burgers and fries, this audacious logo transformation in 2018 and 2019 was no mere aesthetic shift – it was a bold proclamation.
The well-known symbol, with its two golden arches forming the letter M, has been a fixture since its 1962 inception. However, McDonald’s, in an unprecedented move, temporarily altered its timeless logo to mark International Women’s Day on March 8. This drastic change, seen first at a California McDonald’s, reverberated across social media, shirts, hats, and even special packaging at 100 American restaurants.
The company, boasting a commendable history of supporting women in the workplace, underscored this endeavor with the fact that six out of 10 McDonald’s restaurant managers in the US are women. Wendy Lewis, McDonald’s chief diversity officer, emphasized the symbolism behind the flipped logo, describing it as a homage to the “extraordinary accomplishments of women everywhere and especially in our restaurants.”
While the social media sphere erupted with praise for McDonald’s unconventional gesture, not everyone was on board. Laura Parker, the national coordinator of the left-wing group Momentum, dismissed the move as “empty McFeminism” and accused McDonald’s of attempting to whitewash its image.
Questions about the cost of the logo swap and its actual impact on women’s causes surfaced on Twitter, with one skeptic challenging, “How much did this sign swap cost? How is that helping women? Cheaper than traditional advertising is likely the real deciding factor.”
McDonald’s wasn’t the only brand making waves for International Women’s Day. Johnnie Walker, in a bid to contribute to the cause, released a limited edition ‘Jane Walker’ bottle, with $1 from each sale donated to women-focused charities. Brawny, known for its robust Brawny Man, launched a ‘Strength Knows No Gender’ campaign, replacing their iconic figure with women and donating $100,000 to Girls, Inc., a non-profit organization empowering young women with leadership and financial skills.
In this era of heightened awareness about gender equality, these companies are reshaping their images and supporting women’s causes. Whether it’s flipping golden arches or introducing limited edition bottles, these bold initiatives by McDonald’s, Johnnie Walker, and Brawny underscore the growing importance of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women.
The Real Reason Why McDonalds Got Rid of Ronald McDonalds Is Freaking People Out
After finding out the shocking reason why McDonald’s fired Ronald McDonald, many were terrified. The fast food restaurant initially unveiled the mascot clown in 1963, and over time, he gained widespread adoration even being referred to as the “newest, silliest, hamburger-eating-est clown” during his rule.
Did you know he even had McDonalds friends? He frequently appeared alongside his buddies, including The Fry Kids, Mayor McCheese, and Hamburglar.
All of this, however, came to a stop in 2016 when the business chose to fire Ronald.
A worrying trend was sweeping the US at the time, and it finally caught on here in the UK as well.
People started putting on creepy and scary clown outfits and walking around with weapons!
This resulted in the spread of terror, which the police described as “no laughing matter.” In response to the worrying trend McDonald’s issued a statement proclaiming the demise of Ronald.
Although McDonalds do state that while ‘We’re afraid that Ronald McDonald no longer appears in McDonald’s UK advertising, but he is still very busy working for us,’ the red-haired character has not been seen since the clown frenzy.
Looks like we won’t be seeing Ronald any time soon in adverts but if you do see him make sure to give him a wave!
21 Actors From The Harry Potter Films Who Are No Longer With Us
Calling all fellow wizards and witches, it’s time to raise our wands and remember the magical stars who’ve left us from the Harry Potter universe. Since the very first Harry Potter movie graced our screens in 2001 with “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” we’ve laughed, cried, and cheered alongside a fantastic cast of characters. But, my friends, the bittersweet truth is that not all of them are still with us.
We’ve had to bid farewell to 21 talented actors who brought the wizarding world to life. From the mighty Professor Snape, played by the unforgettable Alan Rickman, to the wise Professor Dumbledore portrayed by the legendary Richard Harris. Even the gentle giant Hagrid, portrayed by Robbie Coltrane, has ventured into the great beyond.
But it’s not just the headlining heroes who have left us. The magic of Harry Potter extends to the supporting cast as well. Elizabeth Spriggs, who played the enchanting Fat Lady guarding Gryffindor Tower, and Verne Troyer, our beloved Griphook, have also passed away.
1) Richard Harris – Albus Dumbledore
Prior to Michael Gambon taking over for the remaining six Harry Potter films, Harris played the grandfatherly headmaster in the first two films and many fans were delighted with the casting as he looked as so many fans imagined!
2) Alan Rickman – Severus Snape
Fans of Harry Potter were very saddened by Severus Snape’s loss, but Alan Rickman’s death was by far a bigger shock. Tragically, the actor passed away in January 2016 after receiving a confidential diagnosis of terminal cancer.
3) Robert Knox – Marcus Belby
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Knox, an English actor, played Marcus Belby. Tragically, Knox was fatally stabbed outside a London pub after getting involved in a fight to defend his brother.
Later, a documentary was produced on the actor’s tragic passing and the cast of the Potter films wore ribbons in his memory at the premiere.
4) Elizabeth Spriggs – The Fat Lady
Spriggs was well-known for portraying The Fat Lady, a living portrait who watches over the Gryffindor common area. Comedian Dawn French subsequently took over the part.
5) Timothy Bateson – Kreacher
Prior to his death in 2009, Bateson performed the voice of Kreacher, an elderly house elf, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
6) Alfred Burke – Armando Dippet
Alfred Burke, who was well-known for his roles as Frank Marker in Public Eye and subsequently as Armando Dippett, Dumbledore’s predecessor at Hogwarts, died in February 2011 at the age of 92.
7) Jimmy Gardner – Ernie Prang
In the third Harry Potter movie from 2004, Gardner, a WWII veteran who had been acting since the 1960s, played Knight Bus driver Ernie Prang.
8) Eric Sykes – Frank Bryce
Frank Bryce, a Muggle who lived in Little Hangleton, the same community which the Riddle family also called home, was portrayed by comic actor Eric Sykes. He worked as their gardener and eventually was the main suspect in the death of the family, but viewers will know he was innocent.
9) Richard Griffiths – (Uncle) Vernon Dursley
Richard Griffiths, a renowned British actor of theatre and cinema recognised for performances in The History Boys, Withnail and I, and Chariots of Fire, was the only person who could have brought Harry’s Uncle Vernon to life and fans loved to loathe him!
10) David Ryall – Elphias Doge
In the 2010 film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Ryall took over Peter Cartwright’s role as Elphias Doge, a member of the Order of the Phoenix but sadly passed away, 2014’s Christmas Day.
11) Dave Legeno – Fenrir Greyback
Fenrir Greyback was a werewolf and Death Eater with a sinister propensity for harming innocent youngsters, as the really die-hard fans would know. Tragically, the actor who played him passed away in July 2014 in Death Valley, California, after appearing in three Harry Potter films.
12) Roger Lloyd Pack – Barty Crouch Senior
Roger Lloyd Pack, who played Trigger in the enduring sitcom Only Fools and Horses, went on to play Barty Crouch Senior, a powerful Ministry of Magic official in the series furing Goblet of Fire.
13) Derek Deadman – Tom The Innkeeper
Derek Deadman, a character actor with more than 40 years of experience in the British entertainment business, created the role of Tom, the barman from The Leaky Cauldron, a pub in Diagon Alley.
14) Terence Baylor – The Blood Baron
The Bloody Baron, a ghost at Hogwarts who was originally a wizard also known as Phillip Strenger, was played by New Zealand actor Terence Bayler.
15) John Hurt – Ollivander
Hurt, a well-known English actor whose career spanned five decades including a pivotal part in the Doctor Who video, played the kind-hearted wandmaker Ollivander in the movie series.
16) Robert Hardy – Cornelius Fudge
Magical Minister Robert Hardy CBE, who had acting credentials in theatre, cinema, and television before his passing in 2017, played Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies.
17) Verne Troyer – Griphook
Verne Troyer played Mini Me in the Austin Powers movie, which is perhaps his most well-known role, but he also played Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone until Warwick Davies took over.
18) Helen McCrory – Narcissa Malfoy
Before her tragic passing in 2021, McCrory had amassed a large following because to her performances in films like Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter series and Polly in Peaky Blinders.
19) Robbie Coltrane – Rubeus Hagrid
The world was in mourning in 2022 after learning of the passing of renowned Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who is best known for his role as Hagrid, the affable groundskeeper in the Harry Potter series.
20) Leslie Phillips – The Sorting Hat
Phillips was well-known for appearing in the Carry On films and for lending his voice to The Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films. He passed away in November of last year after building a successful and protracted acting career.
21) Michael Gambon – Albus Dumbledore (2)
Sadly the news of Michael Gambon’s passing is so sudden and yet he contributed to 6 of the Harry Potter films after taking over from Richard Harris in which he showed a feistier side to the headmaster and fans came to love him. Not to mention his most famous quote ‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light’
As fans of the wizarding world, we’ll always cherish the enchanting moments these actors gifted us. Let’s hold onto those memories, rewatch the films, and keep their magic alive in our hearts. After all, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home,” as J.K. Rowling once said. And so will the enchanting performances of these dearly departed actors in the world of Harry Potter.