A bizarre-looking image which, at first glance, might be mistaken for a McDonald’s advert has apparently left quite a number of social media users shocked and puzzled as it started circulating online.
The ad features a rather unusual depiction of a clown resembling McDonald’s iconic mascot, Ronald McDonald, clad only in briefs and proudly displaying his six-pack to onlookers, with a bunch of French fries sticking out of his underwear.
McDonalds Japan knows how to roll. pic.twitter.com/o8kaWlLqUK— Jason Zada (@jasonzada) 1 октября 2019 г.
As the picture spread across social media, many netizens seemed put off by the ad, wondering aloud how such visuals might whet anyone’s appetite.
Well, that's a diet aid. It will be a long time before I even think about french fries again.— Lexcat (@Lexcat12) 1 октября 2019 г.
Gross 🙁— Sabron (@Sabron222) 1 октября 2019 г.
I thought Japanese where principled and disciplined people...nothing raunchy about that ad ...it’s a yuck 🤢— Muna Breik (@BreikMuna) 2 октября 2019 г.
Some even speculated that the ad might serve a different purpose rather than promoting a fast food outlet.
The Japanese has one goal...to make more babies. That is the reason behind this ad.— Zheng Fuey (@ZengFuey) 2 октября 2019 г.
As the Daily Mail points out, however, the image in question isn’t some kind of McDonald’s promo but actually is an ad for Yotteba, a Japanese chain of izakayas whose name is clearly visible on the picture.
The newspaper also noted that the Ronald McDonald art featured in the ad is a reproduction of a work of New York City-based artist Wizard Skull, while the text in Japanese says “Of course, we serve them in Yotteba’s original container.”