Back in the early 1990’s, you could not tell me that working at either McDonald’s or the local grocery store (where all the fine high school boys were employed) wouldn’t be the coolest thing ever to do as a teenager. My interest in ringing up McOrders came from this iconic¬†commercial:

Calvin’s life turned all the way around when he got that job! He got that ambition baby, look at his eyes. This week he’s mopping floors, next week…he owns McDonalds? That’s what the streets thought.

OMG, this sh*t was so feasible. I hate your cousins, you know they love to tell a story and start exaggerating the details to make it sound more interesting! Girls would have been all on Calvin trying to get prom dates on account of him owning a daggone Mickey D’s! ¬†However you feel about “urban” marketing, you have to admit that these commercials were both cute and promoted something wholesome- the after-school job. Damn you, Chappelle’s Show, for destroying Calvin’s great legacy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Druc7dgQ8

 

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  • @SugarKovalczyk

    I remember the Calvin commercials as the end of black youth and the community taking pride in a minimum wage job. Now I see a lot of youth who have to much “pride” to work their way up from anything, they feel they should start at the top. Or worse some feel its more respectable and ‘real’ to be involved theft or drug trade.

    The Chappelle clip, while being humorous, showed a sad shift in our values. Chappelle was telling the truth — but that’s what makes it sad.

    (Side note; I know one McDonald’s franchise owner and one Burger King franchise owner. As a way to own your own business they’re very profitable).

  • ChezCerise

    Oh…the video is too old for me to tell but is that Loretta Devine in the 2nd one? The lady his mom calls? I swear she sounds just like her!

    • beebonnet

      Sure was!! I noticed that too. Also in it was the actress who played Rose on LOST, if you ever watched that show..

    • ChezCerise

      Yes I did watch Lost! I thought she looked familiar but just thought maybe she did a lot of commercials ( also audition a lot and you tend to see the same people over and over and auditions so I thought maybe I knew her lol)

  • Tiffany W.

    “I hate your cousins” should be put on a t-shirt and sold.

  • Scott

    Calvin later appeared in a BK commercial