When Jevh Maravilla noticed there was a big blank spot on a wall in his local McDonald’s, he decided to fix the situation – so he sprung into action.
That’s right, without telling the manager or the employees, Maravilla hung a fake poster of himself and a friend. And while it is funny, the two friends also did it for a very specific reason. Maravilla said,
“If you haven’t noticed, there isn’t a lot of Asians represented in media. And hopefully one day I could see someone like me on the big screen. So one day, my bud Christian and I were eating at McDonald’s, munching on some snack wraps. I look up and I see a blank wall and I tell Christian, ‘Hey, what if we put a picture of us on there? Look around, there are literally no Asians in any of these walls. Maybe we can change that.’”
Hopefully, the poster will remain up for quite a while. Maravilla added, “Remember, folks: all races deserve recognition. And I guess I did my part.” Yes, you did. Nice work.
THAT’S NOT ALL! They got invited on Ellen too!
“The video also caught the eye of Ellen Degeneres, who invited the Filipino American students on her show on Monday to talk about their stunt.
“We looked around we saw all these other posters on there. We saw that there’s different ethnicities, and we saw that they’re all these people having fun, so we decided to represent ourselves as Asians, to be up there as well,” Maravilla told Degeneres.
Maravilla added that McDonald’s did contact them after he tweeted about it, but instead of being punished, they told Degeneres that McDonald’s corporate executives said the poster would be taken down because of a planned renovation — but that the new store would reflect more of the community’s diversity.”
McDonald’s did not respond to requests for a comment, but did tweet Tuesday night at Maravilla and Toledo: “You guys earned this dream.”
Degeneres surprised Maravilla and Toldeo with the news that McDonald’s would be using the two in a future marketing campaign, along with giving them each checks for $25,000.
Maravilla told NBC News that he and Toldeo don’t know what they’ll do with their payout yet, but “we’ll definitely put most in our savings for a rainy day.”
“The whole world is a melting pot of different cultures, and it’s about time for the media to mirror that,” Maravilla added. “It’s crazy how much of a difference I can make with a small prank and a tweet.”