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.
Two things are apparent from American Apparel’s new print ad: 1) It features a line drawing of a lady instead of an actual model, and 2) She has pubic hair. (See the full NSFW ad here.) The first fact makes sense: The clothing company is in dire financial straits, so maybe transitioning to illustrations is a cost-cutting measure (or it’s meta commentary on the underground artist who creates fake line-drawn AA ads). But what about the big black bush?
Dov Charney has made a name for himself by stirring up controversy with his pervy behavior and aesthetic. At some point, though, American Apparel and its mastery of the style of P.O.V. porn ceased to be shocking. You can only photograph topless young women cavorting in bed so many times before your audience starts to yawn, That again? When that happens, it’s time for some subversive sexiness — imagery designed to arouse at the same time that it repulses. Enter: The bush.
This isn’t the first time American Apparel has gone there. Its 2008 full-frontal ad featuring unshaven porn star Sasha Grey raised eyebrows. Speaking of, the actress inspired a Twitter backlash this summer when she appeared with pubes on “Entourage.” I wrote at the time that “as the porn industry has defined the hairless norm, it’s also paved the way for a new, titillating taboo.” American Apparel had its own hand in the mainstreaming of the porn aesthetic, and now it’s rebelling against the standard it helped create.
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.