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.
Lady Gaga might have been “born this way,” but her music isn’t going to be accepted in at least one Middle Eastern country. According to The Christian Post, Gaga’s second studio album has been banned in Lebanon for being “offensive to Christianity.”
While her song “Judas” was definitely trying to rattle some cages with its ”Like a Virgin”-style iconography, America largely ignored the attempt at blasphemy. But according to reports, thousands of copies of “Born This Way” were stopped by Lebanese officials and impounded on the grounds of “bad taste.” “Judas” has already been banned from Lebanese radio.
Curiously, this would put the Lebanese government under the umbrella of “not having a clue” about what constitutes anti-Catholicism, according to Catholic League President Bill Donahue. The chapter refused to condemn Gaga’s “Judas” –most likely in an attempt to not bring any more publicity to the song than it had to – by saying it was a “mess” but, “if anyone thinks the Catholic League is going to go ballistic over Lady Gaga’s latest contribution, they haven’t a clue about what really constitutes anti-Catholicism.”
Seeing as how 39 percent of Lebanon identifies itself as Catholic and only 23 percent of Americans do, the American Catholic League might not get the final say on this one. We’re still waiting to hear back from the Vatican on its official response to Gaga.
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.