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McAllister Loses Job After Call for McDonald Boycott PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Morphus on Friday, 29 July 2011 12:36   

Sometimes no good deed goes unpunished. That’s exactly what political pundit, Hip-Hop Republican and CNN/TheRoot.com contributor Lenny McAllister

 

So what led to his firing? Speaking out for the poor and downtrodden.

 

McAllister is a nationally known Republican political commentator who came to WVON earlier this year with the promise of having his own show. Soon his “Launching Chicago with Lenny McAllister” show was burning up the airwaves with his mix of humor, right-wing rhetoric and inside commentary.

 

On July 19th McAllister ran into one of his mentees in the city who was a bit down on his luck.

 

Tragically, the mentee’s son died suddenly on a day early in July. According to McAllister, the mentee called his boss Keith Allen at McDonald’s to ask for a day off to make funeral arrangements and be with his girlfriend. The owner allegedly said something along the lines of “I don’t care - if you miss work you’re fired.” The student went to see about his girlfriend and dead child and was fired the next day. The young man told McAllister the story and the pundit went into rescue mode.

 

The local NAACP president David Lowery endorsed the boycott and offered the student the chance to apply for a job at one of their local business partners. That’s when, according to McAllister, the big white clown hand of Ronald McDonald came smashing down on McAllister’s protest movement.

 

A representative of the BMOA (Black McDonald’s Owners of America) called WVON threatening to pull out all of their advertising if the boycott wasn’t called off, said McAllister. Executives at WVON told McDonald’s that his tenure at the station was under “review,” which everyone knows is business speak for “about to get fired.”

 

Last Tuesday, after only five days of “protesting,” McAllister announced on his show that donations had paid for the funeral of the 6-day-old child, and that the issue had been resolved between Kevin Allen and the NAACP. The boycott was off.

 

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