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.
Highly esteemed sociological researcher and cultural anthropologist Rush Limbaugh has weighed in on Miley Cyrus’ bizarre MTV VMA performance, calling it “pure, unadulterated rot.”
Referring to her former life as Disney character Hannah Montana, Limbaugh — a man who thinks Sandra Fluke should make sex tapes — said that “it was just this side of on-stage pornography.”
Indeed, Cyrus aimed to shock the audience, and, with aid of a foam finger, a twerking routine and lots of flashing tongue, she overwhelmingly succeeded. But as usual, Limbaugh misses the point with the backlash against Cyrus: that her “Minstrel Show,” as Jody Rosen explains in Vulture, was couched in racism:
Cyrus’s twerk act gives minstrelsy a postmodern careerist spin. Cyrus is annexing working-class black “ratchet” culture, the potent sexual symbolism of black female bodies, to the cause of her reinvention: her transformation from squeaky-clean Disney-pop poster girl to grown-up hipster-provocateur. (Want to wipe away the sickly-sweet scent of the Magic Kingdom? Go slumming in a black strip club.) Cyrus may indeed feel a cosmic connection to Lil’ Kim and the music of “the hood.” But the reason that these affinities are coming out now, at the VMAs and elsewhere, is because it’s good for business.
Cyrus has every right to release herself from the virginal imagery associated with her “previous life,” so to speak. But a very backward attempt to imitate Lil Kim is probably not the best way to do it.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
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.