Original Ronald McDonald – AKA Willard Scott – Inspires Nightmares

Eeks! We were disgusted by Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble hawking Winston cigarettes, but we’re straight up horrified by this early McDonald’s commercial, which features the Today Show‘s Willard Scott playing the original Ronald, who’s tempting a small child with his seemingly endless supply of hot beef. It’s creepy, freaky and everything in-between!

Check out the first very Ronald McDonald advertisement, after the jump. We would apologize for the poor quality, but we think it may be for the best. Hi-Def would simply be too frightening.