2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Broadsheet this week hearts Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman for articulating in her column what I’ve been struggling with for several weeks now, as I’ve read and talked endlessly about the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
“I’m having trouble finding any good news in the trashing of Harriet Miers,” Goodman wrote on Friday, pointing out that Miers’ treatment has so far demonstrated that “we have moved on to … a postfeminist world in which we can now mercilessly tear down a woman without fear of being labeled a sexist piglet.”
Goodman asserted that while she’s “not a big fan of Miers,” she has noticed and bristled at the trashing of Miers by the left and the right, including the takedowns of her Talbot’s-heavy wardrobe, her (single) marital status and her workaholism.
“If sisterhood is powerful, what do you call this?” asked Goodman. “Impotence?”
Goodman wrote that she’s not urging women to stand behind Miers just because she’s a woman, but that “it is possible to walk and chew gum at the same time, to see sexism even in the criticism of an opponent, to rue the double standard even when it is applied to someone you don’t stand with.” It’s absurd, Goodman wrote, “to think we’ve moved into a gender-blind era without ever getting rid of the blinders. It’s self-deceptive to think we’re in a postfeminist world when we never tried a feminist world.”
Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.More Rebecca Traister.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.