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.
The same weekend that Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden manhunt docudrama, “Zero Dark Thirty,” dazzled movie critics, columnists attacked the movie for its depiction of torture. Specifically, the New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins notes that the movie, intended to be historically accurate, incorrectly highlighted torture as the key to Osama bin Laden’s capture; the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald went so far as to say the film “glorifies” torture, saying that the film “propagandizes the public to favorably view clear war crimes by the US government, based on pure falsehoods.”
Critics are now defending the film, triggering a politically tinged fact-versus-fiction “truthiness” debate that will be sure to run long after the movie debuts Dec. 19.
Writer and critic Matt Singer fires back:
ZERO DARK THIRTY does not include scenes of torture to glorify torture. It includes scenes of torture because the U.S. tortured people.— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) December 10, 2012
From Scott Tobias, A.V. Club Film Editor:
I don't want to be too glib about ZD30. It's likely people will object to it on the torture issue. But it's complicated. See it first!— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) December 10, 2012
EW columnist Mark Harris challenges Greenwald:
For those of us still waiting to watch the film, however, Mother Jones’ Nick Baumann sums it up best:
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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.