In the real world, American serial killer John Wayne Gacy was a child'e entertainer, and dressed as a clown for parties in between killing boys. While in prison he painted an eerie series of self portraits of himself in clown regalia, serving further to embed the image of the evil clown. Less outrightly sinister is the figure of Ronald McDonald - the smiling, curly-haired emblem of McDonald's. As McDonald's has become a proxy for people of a certain political persuasion who believe that the world is being defiled by faceless corporations, so Ronald McDonald himself has become the focus of hate. If clowns hide their true nature behind a painted smile, so McDonald's uses a clown to entice children into its happy world of make-believe which overlies a monolithic, destructive corporate structure. Thus, on days of protest, burning effigies of Ronald McDonald are as commonplace as the wearing of Guy Fawkes masks - both potent comments on the use of masks to liberate the individual for good or for evil.