Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea: ‘Evil’ McDonald’s wants ‘to put you down, keep you down’

We admit, we considered the possibility that McDonald’s was trying to keep us down when it discontinued the McDLT. But we’ve gotten over that affront. Mostly.

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, on the other hand, wholeheartedly believes Mickey D’s wants to “put you down, keep you down, and make billions doing it.”


So, McDonald’s is “evil” and wants to “keep you down,” but Flea’s desire to “change the Constitution” to “ban all guns” is hunky dory? Gotcha.

We wonder what the kids and families helped by Ronald McDonald House think of Flea’s tweet.

Important exit question:

  • ClinkinKY

    “Rock stars…is there anything they don’t know?”—-Homer Simpson

    • Frank Drebin

      John Amos was singing the praises of McDonald’s long before the Good Times came along.

    • Miss Clairee

      Now, now Flea! Go take yourself one more hit of acid and leave the “smart” talk to those of us who haven’t fried our brains with years of self-induced drug black-outs!

  • Joe W.

    So now I am supposed to listen a dude named “Flea”??? No thanks..,, I’ll pass….

    • Cajun

      Exactly what I said, I mean, with a name like ‘flea’, how much stock can anyone put in a damn thing this idiot says.

    • E Quilibrate

      Is that a name or a condition? Flea?

      • mdtljt

        In this case, I believe the moniker is accurate…he’s a parasitic, blood sucking nuisance who offers no discernable contribution to the lives of others. You wanna talk evil entities? How many millions has that group sucked out of their fans? I’d be willing to bet the $ amount amortized over the life of the band is much higher than the amount those who have frequented McDonald’s have paid. I’d love to know how much of his cut he’s donated to the poor or the sick in this country….

        • Kleverabevera

          I think in this case the name flea was given to him for his tendency toward being a butt jumper. Never turn your back on a guy named flea.

        • Miss Clairee

          You all make some fine points but all I have to say is that if anybody, I mean ANYBODY takes away Miss Clairee’s right to her weekly Big Mac with extra special sauce, somebody’s gonna get hurt!

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    This guy needs to be dipped.

  • waltermitty2012

    Don’t occupy Wall Street, occupy Flea’s head. There’s plenty of room for everybody.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Flea ✔ @flea333 McDonalds want to put you down, keep you down, and make billions doing it. They are evil
    Flea ✔ @flea333 i have looked at the zillion tweets i got from people all who think we should own guns. none of them add up. ban all guns.

    I for one, want to have a gun to protect myself from the “evil” McDonalds………. especially that evil clown Ronald McDonald

  • BorderLine Guy

    I bet 830 of those retweeters did so thinking Flea might sleep with them.

    • SJ’s Dad

      Sleeping with a guy who’s already told you that sleeping with him will render you itchy is a REWARD?!?!?!?!?

  • Clayton Grant

    This guy makes me itch.

    • SpinMeNot

      He’s made a lot of people itch … I hope you aren’t allergic to penicillin.

  • Steve_J

    If he wants to have it his way he needs to go to Burger KIng.

  • greatunconformity

    It’s funny how progressives see voluntary transactions with private entities as the ones that enslave us, not the forced transactions with the massive federal government that they support growing.

    • tommcgtx

      He’s probably not even a progressive, just a dolt.

    • Bob Galasso

      How true!

  • BoscoBolt

    I’ll take that as an endorsement of Chick-fil-A … mmmmm yummy (is it lunch time yet?)

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III


    • TheOriginalDonald

      HWAT THE MATTER, MCFLY??????????? CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-Needles, BTTF 2

  • PatriotGlory

    I completely agree with Flea. McDonalds had put me down on the toilet for hours. Lets rise up against the digestively evil Ronald McDonald

  • Beth Lott

    McDonald’s is evil, but they’re evil because all their food tastes like plastic.

  • peteee363

    i am wearing my flea collar today, so i didn’t hear what he said!

  • kayakingfatso

    Personal responsibility in deciding to shove a big mac down ones throat is so overrated. BAN PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!!!11! oh, wait…

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    TO:Michael “Flea” Balzeri:MacDonald’s has gotten my order wrong DOZENS of times, but I never got frustrated or angry; Once, it took Burger King FOUR (4) ATTEMPTS to get my burger order right, and the Manager almost kicked me out for losing my temper, until I reminded her of Rule #1:THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT! But I Digress…
    MacDonald’s does large amounts of Charity work around the World (Even in Australia, your home country), and I have close friends who either work for or have worked for MacDonald’s in the past. They put fried onions on your burgers (even if you don’t want them), and all the little kids like their Clown Mascot, Ronald. So, WHAT’S SO EVIL????!!!!???? Jawamax 8<{D} #MusicTriviaTime

  • Right Wired

    Red Hot Chili Peppers’s “I’m with You” Tour raked in 57.8 million in 2012.
    They performed 38 shows, or 1.5 million per show, or $750,000 per HOUR.

    Now, who is stealing from who exactly, Flea bag?

    And this is ONE tour. It’s aside from all the income received from other tours, licensing cd/mp3 sales, etc…

    • Native American Potato

      Exactly right. But god forbid you make a single copy of one of his songs and he will have his swarm of high priced lawyers descend on you to take everything you own just like every other hypocritical musician.

      When he starts keeping and living on only ~$60,000 a year and giving all the rest away then I may listen to him but till then he’s more of a bed-bug.

      • Ben Bollman

        Yeah I find it hilarious that these liberal musicians who are oh so concerned about the poor and think the rich should pay more taxes(as long as it isn’t them) are the ones most pissed off when poor people who cannot afford their overpriced music download it illegally.

    • lainer51

      so many stupid people, so little time!

  • RIChris

    Someone’s got an itch that a Big Mac won’t scratch.

  • NRPax

    Flea, I take it your bitter because McDonald’s is successful and they opened up more than one restaurant?

  • grais

    Yes, imagine how much more we could all be but for McDonald’s keeping us all down.
    I might actually be a Brain Scientist or a Rocket Surgeon if not for that damn Egg McMuffin I wanted to have 2 years ago.

  • $27789750

    Such a strange looking entity. Is that red thing a tattoo?

    • TocksNedlog

      What — his face?

      • E Quilibrate

        Is that a sock?

  • Timmmmm

    Ohhh nice angle to Muslim extremists, too much McDonalds

  • notenoughtime

    McDonald’s is evil in Flea’s mind. What is evil in this world are the two human beings who caused a tragedy in Boston.

    • E Quilibrate

      Human beings you say?

  • Hiraghm

    Forget giving to charity; Hank Rearden speaks for me, on this, Fleabag…

    Head judge: “And how does that benefit your fellow man?”

    Henry Rearden: “I do not owe you an answer, but I could tell you in a hundred ways. Thousands of jobs; billions in revenue… fueling our economy despite your best efforts to destroy the very foundation of our existence. And I believe most of my fellow men would say the same, if they had a voice.”

    Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike

    The mistake you make, you sorry sack of suet, is in thinking that flipping burgers or wiping down a grill is the end-all be-all in the production of wealth. Labor is nothing without the guiding spirit, the courageous soul who sees what might be and makes it so, and in the process of pursuing his own ambitions creates opportunities for others, including the otherwise indolent and unproductive.

    • E Quilibrate


  • Hiraghm

    Thanks to McDonald’s, last night when the temperature had dropped 25 degrees, I could afford a hot meal for lunch, and did so in a small enough time that I could include a much-needed nap.
    They didn’t do this out of the goodness of their corporate heart; they took my two and a half bucks, which is pretty much the cheapest hot meal I could find at that hour.

    Not charity… merely trading value for value.

  • Jillane Kent

    Right. My daughter’s employer is “keeping her down” by only giving her a 10k scholarship and not an eleventy billion dollar one.

    • E Quilibrate

      Rise up, fer goodness sakes, demand your due. eleventy billion’s
      not so much.

  • peteee363

    i must be breaking the law, since i have not been to mcdonalds in over a year. i didn’t realize they were forcing me to buy thier overly salty food? but portillo’s must have a deal, i can not stay away from thier burgers!

  • Ben Bollman

    I guess I must have missed all the McDonald’s employees holding guns to people’s heads forcing them to eat there, thanks for the PSA Flea.

    • Michelle

      Maybe Flea ought to tell whomever is holding the gun to his head and forcing him to eat McDonald’s that he’d rather take the bullet.

  • NCRelite

    I am a lifelong bass player, and to a lesser extent acoustic guitar player, and I can safely say that Flea is completely certifiable (read: batsh*t crazy). The guy is not really in touch with those of us living on planet earth and grabbing an egg mcmuffin from time to time

  • $7610427

    STOP TWEETING! You’re ruining the RHCP’s for me… Stop being an idiot. Mickey D’s cooks “food” and OFFERS it for sale…they don’t force people to come in and buy it, Dip S hit.

  • capisce

    @flea333 I take it they didn’t get your order right?

    Flea-brain wants the guy who gets the order wrong to make $25/hr and he wants us to pay $50 for our Unhappy Meal.

  • ToyZebra

    Well, much of their food isn’t very healthy, but since I rarely buy it, I don’t know how McDonalds is going to keep me down. Maybe they gave Flea the wrong Happy Meal toy.

  • $270502

    Sounds like he hates his new uniform.

  • TocksNedlog

    Peals of wisdom from a man that goes onstage wearing nothing but a c*ck-sock.

    • white dog

      sometimes he wears a little silver dress.

  • Guest

    I can’t take anything the guy says seriously, for the love of god he wore pants made out of plushies.

  • anjullyn

    A Chili Pepper with the name of FLEA is attempting to tell citizens about a business??? Does it get more absurd than this?

    • E Quilibrate

      Probably does but I’m not stickin’ around for the encore, I gotta
      go to the bathroom.

    • Michelle

      Sure it does. A Chili Pepper named Flea, who named his daughter Sunny Bebop, is attempting to tell citizens about a business.

  • Jim

    They’re seriously evil. I mean, first they bring back the McRib, and then as soon as I get used to having it around, they take it away again. Sick bastards.

  • E Quilibrate

    His tag is 333? Just half the devil or ten times his I.Q.?

  • AWomaninTX

    I liked it more when the music was the message & those “crazy”, sometimes rare, interviews were funny, occasional treats. He’s always been crazy about this kind of stuff, a bit out there. But there was a time when just listening to him jam on the bass was enough for him & his fans. I miss that.

    • AWomaninTX

      Twitter just *has* to be a publicists worst nightmare!

  • TheOriginalDonald

    I guess it’s because they didn’t heed his boy Michael J Fox’s plea to serve Pepsi Free

  • Guest

    I’m assuming Flea supports the “let us smoke a little weed” argument, so in his mind, McDonald’s must have a gigantic magnet that pulls our cars into their drive-thrus against our will. Inhale…..exhale. Somehow, the evil company gets my order right too. How do they do that?

  • Emily B

    I lived at a Ronald McDonald House for 6 weeks when my newborn son was very ill in the hospital. It was a life saver and an amazing, amazing place. Helps soooo many families. Okay so maybe McDonald’s doesn’t have the healthiest food? Then eat somewhere else!!!

  • Sonya A. Willis

    This is the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers who often performed in concerts wearing nothing more than a sock on his private Flea parts. No thanks.

    • lainer51

      i heard a baby sock

  • Jedd McHead

    Vincent: …you know what they call a… a… a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
    Jules: They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with cheese?
    Vincent: No man, they got the metric system. They wouldn’t know what the f*ck a Quarter Pounder is.
    Jules: Then what do they call it?
    Vincent: They call it a “Royale with cheese”.
    Jules: A Royale with cheese. What do they call a Big Mac?
    Vincent: Well, a Big Mac’s a Big Mac, but they call it “le Big-Mac”.
    Jules: Le Big-Mac. Ha ha ha ha. What do they call a Whopper?
    Vincent: I dunno, I didn’t go into Burger King.

  • Bob Galasso

    Since when does flipping burgers demand higher than minimum wage? I worked at a fast food joint while in high school and was happy to have the job. Today, some people believe that minimum wage should support a family. Might I add that that’s the best that those people can aspire to.

    • lainer51

      since a flea told us so

  • Diane Stephan

    I had a plain hamburger with a side of evil, and it was delicious.

  • descolada9

    This is the same guy who walked out on the band during the middle of a concert tour years back, giving no reason (that I recall). Ever see him in “My Own Private Idaho”? His performance there sums it all up.

  • oneword

    This whacko has ingested a lot worse than fries & a cheeseburger.

  • tops116

    He’s just upset because McDonalds has a policy about no vermin near the kitchen.

  • bicentennialguy

    And your drug dealer doesn’t want to, Flea?

  • James McEnanly

    A flea is a very small, irritating parasite. He has chosen his name well

  • ConanTheRepublican

    Hey, Flea…we’re gonna take advice from a complete imbecile who wears BVDs to his performances, right? Sit the F down, and STFU, ya twit.