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McControversy Over McBS McCartney McDonald's Protest

10/09/2008
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(antiMusic) It's Thursday, it must be time for a report about a UK tabloid misreporting a story. We turn to the far more credible Abbeyrd's Beatles Page who got to the bottom of the tale of McCartney being McMad at McDonald's: A statement from PETA calling for a boycott of the McDonald's hamburger chain after a Liverpool location posted a Paul McCartney picture along with two of the other Beatles in the restaurant resulted in some incorrect stories Wednesday that Paul McCartney himself had called for a boycott of the chain.

The stories also included quotes attributed to Geoff Baker, listed as McCartney's spokesperson, but who hasn't worked for Paul since 2004. The quotes attributed from the UK Telegraph to Baker said, "What sort of morons do McDonald's think Beatles' fans are? It's ridiculous and insulting to use images to peddle hamburgers. Fans should boycott McDonald's, and not just in Liverpool."

According to an email Abbeyrd's Beatles Page received from Baker, he was contacted by Liverpool's Mercury Press Agency on Monday and asked for a quote. It was the press agency that falsely labeled him as press spokesman, a label, which, in turn, was picked up by other publications. McCartney's UK press representative confirmed his quotes were "not an official comment!" - Order an extra Big Mac in protest and read more here

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