Mayor McCheese is keeping Ronald McDonald under wraps.
With the nation thoroughly spooked by both real and fake sightings of "creepy" clowns, McDonald's has decided to limit the public appearances of their signature red-haired, floppy-shoed figurehead, the fast-food giant revealed Tuesday.
"McDonald's and franchisees in the local markets are mindful of the current climate around clown sightings in communities and as such are being thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's participation in community events for the time being," spokeswoman Terri Hickey said in an emailed statement.
Americans are about as divided about clowns as they are about politics (coincidence?).
The Rasmussen polling firm reported in 2014 that 43 percent of Americans "don't like" clowns. And last year, the annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears found that clowns were a cause of significant anxiety for 6.8 percent of Americans.