I'm going to just come right out and say it... I love McDonalds.
And that's no hyperbole, it's the truth. Sure I wish that they would take the McVeggie Deluxe national so I had a burger I could eat there but, even without a veggie option, I still like the chain. I love their fries. I like their egg & cheese breakfast biscuits. I like their side salads. I like their shakes. I like their McFlurries. I like their hot caramel sundaes. I like their fruit-n-yogurt parfaits. I even like their apple pies (just not as much as when they were fried). They've got food I like that's served fast at decent prices. What's not to love?*
But heaven forbid I ever mention liking McDonalds. Even hinting at having eaten there brings out all the people who think it's their mission in life to tell people what they can and cannot like...
"McDONALD'S IS TOXIC GARBAGE! I WOULDN'T FEED THEIR 'FOOD' TO MY DOG!"
"McDONALD'S IS DESTROYING THE PLANET! WHEN YOU EAT THERE, YOU'RE HELPING THEM!"
"ARE YOU STUPID? WHY NOT JUST EAT RAT POISON IF YOU'RE INTENT ON BEING SO UNHEALTHY?"
"WHAT KIND OF IDIOT RUINS THEIR BODY WITH FAT, SUGAR, AND CHEMICALS BY EATING AT McDONALDS?"
"McDONALD'S TARGETS CHILDREN FOR UNHEALTHY EATING HABITS WITH TOYS!"
"SO GROSS! THEIR CRAP ISN'T EVEN REAL FOOD!"
Etc. Etc. Etc.
Well, whatever. I honestly don't give a fuck. You don't like it? DON'T EAT THERE! You think it's unhealthy? DON'T EAT THERE! You have a problem with the food? DON'T EAT THERE! As for me? There's nothing wrong with an occasional bag of fries and a chocolate shake at McDonalds... AND I enjoy it, so just leave me the hell alone. I mean, thanks, but I am fully aware of the nutritional content (or lack thereof) of what I'm eating.
And then today a McDonalds post pops up in my Facebook feed.
The number of hateful comments shouldn't have surprised me, but it did.
For reasons completely unknown, there are people who hate McDonald's so much that they spend their valuable time ripping McDonald's to shit IN FACEBOOK COMMENTS! Which probably ranks right up there with "screaming into a pillow" when it comes to effectiveness, but whatever. At least when people feel the need to rip into me personally for my food choices, they think they're helping me out (or something) so they can feel good about doing me a solid. What possible benefit is there to leaving nasty comments for McDonalds on Facebook? Could there be a bigger waste of time?
Like blogging about it, I suppose.
* Well, okay, I DON'T love McDonald's clown figurehead, Ronald McDonald, who is terrifying...
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Gotta admit it, Mickey D’s (as my son calls it) IS good. I still love the Big Mac, though try not to hit it often as it doesn’t fare on the healthy food list. But the Quarter Pounder and Chicken Sans are GOOD. Just adding my meat-lover comments to your veggie diet assessment. (PS- Hope your travel injury is better.)
I like McDonald’s too, particularly for breakfast on the go when the hubby and I are heading out somewhere and don’t have time, nor feel like, making breakfast at home. Those egg & cheese McMuffins are delicious!
The funny thing about the McDonald’s haters is that they act like that’s the only unhealthy food you can get. Please. If you eat at any fast food, or even sit-down restaurant, you’re more than likely consuming more calories and fat than you would had you prepared the meal at home. But so what? In moderation it’s fine.
Besides, it’s not anyone’s fault but parents if their kids are addicted to McDonald’s. They have complete control over whether or not they eat their food.
It reminds me of a Louis C.K. bit regarding gay marriage:
“It doesn’t have any effect on your life. What do you care?! People try to talk about it like it’s a social issue. Like when you see someone stand up on a talk show and say, “How am I supposed to explain to my children that two men are getting married?… I dunno. It’s your shitty kid. You fuckin’ tell ’em. Why is that anyone else’s problem? Two guys are in LOVE and they can’t get married because you don’t want to talk to your ugly child for five fuckin’ minutes?”
Same concept here except it’s food.
I love McDonald’s too. Although I rarely eat there. But I’m going next Saturday.
I love it too!
Thank you Dave. I share your love of McDonald’s; it is one of the most consistent brand experiences in the world.
Regarding the reactions you get from people – it seems to be a larger issue of a mob mentality type of group thinking where peoples’ brains turn zombie like and thinking ceases.
Let me give you an example of some questions I ask, followed by the response I get 99% of the time:
Question: Surely George Bush 43 must have done at least something positive during his presidency, correct? “Answer”: OH MY GOD HE WAS AN IDIOT AND SO ARE YOU!!!
Question: Is it possible that WalMart has done some *good* by offering very low cost products to communities? “Answer”: WHAT! NO! WALMART IS EVIL AND ABUSES ITS EMPLOYEES!!!
It just makes me sad that people don’t want to have fact based intelligent discussion. I guess it’s laziness or lack of intelligence or something… I don’t know.
You can always eat a McRib– there’s absolutely no actual meat on one.
For a couple of years, I inspected restaurant grease traps in a nearby city. McDonald’s not only had the cleanest grease traps, but the whole store was cleaner than any other in the city
Nothing beats a McDonald’s for breakfast when you are in a hurry and need an Egg McMuffin. I admit that I try not to go that often, as I tend to not like the grease part of the food on a regular basis. But no hate from me. The food is consistent. I crave a Big Mac a couple times a year. And as with CB above, I indulge in a Mc Rib when they come out. Something magical about that stupid pickle they place on it.
I don’t get the hate, especially the time that people invest in the hate.
About the only negative I have is the latest wage issues. Would be nice to have those addressed.