The McDonald’s Parody Ad You Might See on The Daily Show Tonight

It’s not clear if the above parody will be broadcast on TV tonight, but what’s sure is that McDonald’s execs are fuming at this dark satire linking Big-Mac consumption with high cholesterol, heart attacks, and ultimately death. The “commercial” was created by PCRM – Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine – a small group that was founded 25 years ago by Neal D. Barnard, a psychiatrist from Georgetown University School of Medicine. PCRM supports vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as animal rights.

The goal of this ad campaign is to stop the opening of additional fast food joints in the Washington DC area, and other junk food metro areas.

Whether you identify with this group’s mission or not, there’s no scientific doubt as to the health benefits of consuming more vegetables and fruits, as well as REDUCING meat consumption. Meatless Mondays anyone?

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  • phriend of groc

    LOL I am lovin it!

  • Dr. Susan Rubin

    Don’t forget the fries!
    Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*, citric acid [preservative]), dextrose, sodium acid
    pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to
    preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

  • Carrie

    I love this!!! McDonalds deserves all the criticism is receives.

  • http://aol N

    Leave McDonalds alone, This ad was in poor taste. All Fast food if you eat alot it is not good
    for you. Who is alway going after McDonalds? It is called Freedom of choice, I’m tired pushing
    soy, It is in all our food we Eat since the 60′s. Soy is suppose to cause thyroid problems.
    But people push soy, saying it is good for you. Leave Mcdonalds alone, If you do not want to eat
    there, then don’t go, but don’t eat at other fast food, or don’t eat frozen food.


  • Monica


    I agree that Bic Macs are not healthy but that is due to all those fake things they are made out of. why does this ad imply that meat is what makes this hamburger unhealthy? it barely has any meat in it. The “meat” on a Big Mac is mostly made out of soy fillers.

  • kc

    Three of the five vegetarians that I know are the biggest junk food junkies I’ve ever seen. Their only criteria for good food is that it contains no animal products, but some of the worst things in our food system have nothing to do with animal products. If you read the labels on “vegetarian and vegan” convenience foods, they are worse on average than the crap meant for omnivores. It is entirely possible to ruin your health by just confining your fast food choices to the vegetarian menu items so this ad is especially troubling because of what it fails to mention.

  • Phine

    Too much consumption of fast food will indeed lead you to such poor health. But the question is, “Why are they pointing it all at McDonalds?” They’re not forcing anyone to buy their products. I think it’s more of self-awareness. Everything would go well if you eat those in moderation, we should be aware of our health and the foods we eat.

  • Dave

    Its much like people in the south who say “Coke” to mean any kind of soda, or people who say “I’m playing Nintendo,” when they’re video game may not be a nintendo system. McDonald’s is the poster boy for the fast food era. Not that nobody else deserves criticism, but McDonald’s deserves everything they have coming to them, mainly for their shameless marketing to children that gets them hooked from a young age.

    That said, I’ll never go vegetarian. There are lots of good ways to get in your protein: fish, poultry. I love beef, but I find one or two days a week to be enough. But I certainly see no reason to go without it.

  • Ana Maria

    A human body needs essential aminoacids (aa), protein is just the broaden name for all aa. All plants have some of these essential aa, and more, so they can complement each other very well. aa are more concentrated in whole grains, legumes and seeds. They are also such an inexpensive option, that I challenge anyone who still claim that eating right is expensive. And because of global warming(and your kidney) Meats only on Mondays is a better option, and that may include all animal foods.

  • mari

    @N Are you SERIOUS???!?

    Learn to cook.
    Learn about food.
    Learn why there’s no longer a job for real butchers/fishmongers at a grocery store.
    McDonalds has taken away more jobs than it has produced.

    Be American. Support your local markets. Give back to your community. THAT is American.