Chris Kempczinski is the CEO of McDonald’s, the famous burger chain that is the second-largest employer in the world. Chris has closed his company’s restaurants in Russia to join other American corporations practicing a unique war on the Russian people.
Some of you may remember Kempczinski as the McDonald’s boss who blamed the parents of children slain at his company’s restaurants for their childrens’ death last year. In correspondence with Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago, the former management consultant at Boston Consulting Group blamed parents of the victims: “With both, the parents failed those kids which I know is something you can’t say. Even harder to fix.”
Of course, the public was outraged, and the Service Employees International Union demanded Kempczinski apologize, saying “Your text message was ignorant, racist and unacceptable coming from anyone, let alone the CEO of McDonald’s.”
So, it’s not difficult to recognize yet another privileged, empowered, exceptional American leader who could be in the running for Reichfuhrer if the American leadership ever gets this Fourth Reich they are creating kick-started. Based on the frantic corporate business and media landslide they’ve started against the Russians over NATO, I’d say we’re on the path to Hitler rallies in front of the golden arches any time.
“The conflict in Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis in Europe has caused unspeakable suffering to innocent people. As a System, we join the world in condemning aggression and violence and praying for peace.”
I get it, but I just wonder what Chris Kempczinski is saying about Russians behind the front pages? And carrying things a step further, I am curious if media mogul Byron Allen is paying attention to all this. You see, Allen ran full-page advertisements in the Detroit Free Press and The Chicago Tribune, and in the Wall Street Journal condemning Kempczinski over the slain children incident. Back then Allen said the McDonald’s CEO was perpetuating a “toxic, racist culture” at the fast-food chain and demanding the company fire him.
What I’m curious about, is Allen’s position on the United States, and big corporations, backing a country run from behind by Neo-Nazis who openly profess they will resurrect the Aryan race to supremacy? Ultra-radical nationalists now using civilians as human shields in Ukraine, have made no secret their aims are to operate a new Hitler movement from Ukraine. McDonald’s, neo-nazis, Russophobia, and ethnic cleansing! My, my, Ronald McDonald with a swastika armband just does not resonate for me. I would not be surprised to see the Azov Battalion (Ukraine nationalists killing civilians) wearing those cute brown uniforms McDonald’s issued.
Oh, you say I am overreacting? Well, Mary Kay Henry, who is president of SEIU, might agree with me. She offered this back in 2021:
“I join the call on McDonald’s board of directors to remove the President and CEO, Chris Kempczinski, immediately, as one step in the many needed to address the systemic racism workers have decried for years.”
Systematic racism. This term grabs me when I think about my country’s wars on other societies these last five or six decades since I can remember. McDonald’s, the company so many of us grew up identifying with, created the world’s most recognizable brand because of its marketing to parents and children. And now they join a long list of big business elites throwing in on a propaganda war against Russia? Where were they when Gaza was being smashed? How did old Ronald Feel about Iraqis we slew for no good reason? When Obama engaged in the Arab Spring and sent refugees fleeing to the four corners, was it all Hamburglar’s fault?
So much for all those millions of loyal McDonald’s customers in Russia the past 30 years! Just so we’re clear, I hope Byron Allen wins the $10 billion dollar lawsuit for discrimination against McDonald’s. As for Kempczinski, he is an interesting case study. Thinking of Ukraine President Zelenskyy being Jewish, AND be accused of running the Nazis in Ukraine. Some say the two labels are mutually exclusive of one another, but I am not so sure. Take note, the McDonald’s CEO is from Cincinnati. And Ohio was a hotbed of supremacists, especially when the Nazi German-American Bund which was big in Cleveland (See The History of the Cleveland Nazis: 1933–1945). Even today, Cincinnati has its shady neo-nazi organizations targeting primarily white states.
But, hey. Maybe I am overreacting. Or, not. The Tweet above is about Ukraine Nazis launching a canned meat product that I hope we don’t find in cheeseburgers soon. The war in Ukraine is not what most people are being told. And the corporate elites leveraging their power, are not who they say they are either. But, I’ll end with a statement from McDonald’s CEO from his Instagram account:
“Opportunity, Community, and Solutions: three things that make me proud of our McDonald’s System. I firmly believe that McDonald’s can change the world in a way that no other company can, and we’re just getting started. I’m thrilled to be using Instagram to connect with and share the stories of our community.”
I am sure the community of Russian McDonald’s workers is happy the company decided to pay their salaries for a while, as they are out of work. I wonder, though, if Chris Kempczinski stopped to consider what an insult it is to Russians, for his company and others to condemn their desire for security in the face of the onward march of NATO? Does this entitled son of a surgeon know anything at all about what Russians want? Probably no more than he knows about the plight of people of color in our own country.
I’ve been patronizing McDonald’s since the early 1960s, but I cannot in good faith stand by and watch this company join the other corporate pirates, engage in economic warfare. Thank goodness the massive media campaign going on now has not propagandized everyone. There is a middle ground in social media questioning the hypocrisy, as I am. As an aside, I wonder if anybody who ever worked with Boston Consulting Group ever found a soul? More on this later. Bye, bye, Ronald! Sieg Heil.