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'Portlandia' uses Ronald McDonald in 'statement art' parody

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol

RedEye

12:01 PM CST, February 10, 2014

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The latest teaser sketch for Season 4 of "Portlandia" takes both statement art and McDonald's to task.

In "Anti-Corporate Student Art," Fred Armisen plays a Portland Community College art teacher asking his students to stick it to big business by painting Ronald McDonald in a thought-provoking way.

"Ronald McDonald," he says, "plus something violent and crazy like money equals shock. Shock me."

He asks the model dressed as Ronald McDonald, who happens to be his wife, to pose in a gas mask, with a gun, in an attack position and other frightening poses.

The best, most shocking piece ends up in the most ironic of places, where it literally causes heads to explode.

Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have done it again. Season 4 of "Portlandia" premieres at 9 p.m. Feb. 27 on IFC. Guest stars include Olivia Wilde, Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Sudeikis, Steve Buscemi and many more.

Does the new sketch win over the "Prarie Home Companion" tailgating sketch? Watch it here.

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