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.
Editor’s note: Several readers wrote us expressing annoyance at MSN’s recent lists of “amazing women” and “women who make [MSN] cringe.” We especially liked Amy Schiller’s smart take, and she was kind enough to let us publish it. Enjoy!
MSN gave me some terrible whiplash Thursday afternoon with its juxtaposed slide shows of “10 Amazing Women You’ve Never Heard Of” and their witch counterparts, “10 Women Who Make Us Cringe.” The amazing: Brown University president Ruth Simmons. The cringeworthy: Lindsay Lohan. (How very Crystal vs. Alexis for the new millennium.) More to the point: This is probably the first and only time that Linda Hirshman, Phyllis Schlafly, and Paris Hilton have shared a categorization (“cringe,” in case you were confused).
What’s most interesting is how precisely these presentations demonstrate Lisa Jervis’ insightful thesis on “femmenism,” the popular but misguided notion that feminism should concern itself exclusively with how females behave and achieve in the world rather than systems of domination and oppression.
Almost all of the women in the “good girls” slide show (to whom I mean no disrespect, for I have only the highest regard for their accomplishments) have directed their efforts at helping other women. Emme, the plus-size model who speaks out against eating disorders, Waris Darie, the anti-female genital mutilation activist, and Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, are three obvious examples.
Now, I do find most of the “bad girls” disturbing. Ann Coulter is a longtime menace to women and to intellectual discourse in general. Britney is, well, Britney (though of course, no one brings up questions of why young female celebrities might receive conflicting messages about their self-worth being tied to their public sexuality). But Linda Hirshman? Talk about one of these things being not like the others b
Red alert, red alert: We have a system changer, folks. Can’t fete those rabble-rousers, so just stick with those who respond to women who are already victims. At least we know that’ll always garner dissociated sympathy, especially from the powerful people who victimized them in the first place.
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.