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.
In some of the most eye-roll-inducing news to come out of Milan’s fashion week, Vivienne Westwood’s fall 2010 menswear collection celebrates “homeless chic” inspired by “the roving vagrant whose daily get-up is a battle gear.” For the show, Westwood carpeted the runway with cardboard boxes and discolored her models’ hair to get that just-woke-up-from-a-subway-bench look. Models on the runway carried bedrolls, pushed shopping carts and one “emerged from his cardboard box with a sleeping bag, slung it around his neck, and quickly walked away.” Tacky? Obviously. Glamorizing the lives of the down and out is insulting, particularly when you consider that the retail price some of these garments will fetch is in the same range as the rent for a Manhattan apartment. Westwood’s logic for the collection seems dubious, even for incomprehensible fashion-world-speak: “I’m saying to people … buy less clothes. Only buy things when you really need them.” Right, clearly you show your collections at fashion week so you could discourage people from over-consumption.
One of the other offenses here is a failure of imagination. As anyone who watched the movie “Zoolander” knows, homeless chic is so 2001. In it, Mugatu, a fashion-villain cross between Dr. Evil and Karl Lagerfeld, introduces his new line Derelicte as “inspired by the very homeless, the vagrants, the crack whores that make this wonderful city so unique.” Parody as prophesy is not a new phenomenon: take, for example, The Onion’s 2004 headline from the disgruntled president of Gilette “Fuck Everything, We’re Doing Five Blades.” Two years later, Gilette actually rolled out a five-bladed razor. But the point of over-the-top satire like “Zoolander” is to poke fun at the crazy excesses of the fashion industry, not encourage them. It seems like Vivienne Westwood didn’t get the joke. When the too-ridiculous-to-be-true is suddenly just true, it stops being funny.
Margaret Eby is an editorial fellow at Salon.More Margaret Eby.
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.