A day after an ad campaign demanding the resignation of Ronald McDonald appeared in newspapers around the country, McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner rushed to the clown's defense, and defended his company's right to peddle toxic food to children, telling a shareholder meeting that "this is about choice."

That's right — McDonald's is standing up for Freedom, American style. And, addressing the growing clown controversy, Skinner told a bunch of rich people yesterday:

"Ronald McDonald is an ambassador to McDonald's, and he is an ambassador for good," Skinner said. "Ronald McDonald isn't going anywhere."

Ronald McDonald isn't an ambassador for anything — he's some dude in a fucking clown suit! Also at the meeting, the company threw a bone to hippies, saying the fast food giant would begin buying cage-free eggs. Yay!

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