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.
Jon Stewart has weighed in on his Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert’s recent controversy.
Referring to the Chris Christie administration’s treatment of former aide Bridget Kelly as a hysterical and incompetent woman, Stewart produced a phony report cover headlined “Bitches Be Crazy, Right?” At its bottom was a hashtag: “#CancelStewart.” “How’d that get in there?” Stewart asked, his voice pitched high.
#CancelColbert, of course, was the movement that blossomed online last week after the @ColbertReport Twitter feed posted, out of context, a joke about “Orientals” that many found offensive even in context (it was meant, on the show, to satirize the Washington Redskins’ owner and his attempts to reach out to Native Americans). This joke seemed designed to seem on-its-face offensive to the most sensitive among us — what rough language, how antifeminist — while actually being politically correct. It’s mocking Christie’s attitudes, not putting forth Stewart’s own.
Is a joke about Christie’s treatment of “bitches” that’s designed to be offensive as bad as Colbert’s perceived offense? Well, not much, as yet, is happening on #CancelStewart. His job is safe for now.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
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.