James Franco Defends McDonald's Wages

James Franco wrote a great ad for McDonald's as a great place to work in the Washington Post Thursday morning in a nostalgic op-ed about his days as a fast-food worker snarfing down fries straight from the hopper and testing out foreign accents on customers.
As a piece of business advice, however, it's horribly misguided. As touching as some readers may find his story, it misses the point of why working at McDonald's has come under fire, especially in this age of the Fight for 15 movement which has pushed the fast-food company to raise its minimum wage. The company has had to answer for some of the greatest wage inequality in corporate America, paying its workers $8.25 an hour while paying its former CEO $8.75 million a year.