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.
Thousands of anti-gay protestors, led by priests in the Georgian Orthodox Church, hurled rocks, smashed windows and assaulted rally participants at a small gay rights march in the capital city of Tbilisi on Friday, sending 14 people to the hospital. Local news captured clear images of the incident; some of the assailants even identified themselves by name to the camera.
And yet Georgian police and government officials have been slow to condemn, and hold accountable, those responsible for the violent mob attack, as the New York Times reports:
On Friday evening, with crowds of men still roaming downtown Tbilisi in search of gays, [Georgia’s prime minister, Bidzina] Ivanishvili promised a quick response to the violence. Yet on Sunday, at a parade for a local police force, he made no mention of either arrests or an investigation. Instead, his comments celebrated the role of the police in preventing worse injuries to the marchers…
Zviad Koridze, a veteran local journalist at the Tbilisi-based Council of Ethics for Journalists, called the slow pace a reminder of the church’s influence.
“The government is acting very carefully, one could say ineffectively,” said Mr. Koridze in a telephone interview. “Everyone is simply waiting. Because in three days they should have made arrests and given some sort of answer to the events in Tbilisi.”
On Sunday, Georgian Orthodox patriarch Ilia II weakly condemned the violence of the attacks, while endorsing the anti-gay sentiment that fueled them, telling Interfax that it is “unacceptable to give propaganda” to the rights of gays and lesbians.
Churchgoers echoed his views after Sunday mass in Tbilisi; one former school teacher remarked that arresting those involved in the violent attack would be “too much,” explaining that Georgia has “already gone too far by having gays and lesbians openly promoting their way of life.”
“By allowing things like [gay rights marches], we let Georgia turn from the road of its traditional destiny,” she added.
You can see anti-gay protestors mob the buses escorting rally participants to safety here:
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.