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.
Seth MacFarlane — voice-actor, comedian, animator, creator of approximately 2,398 sitcoms and animated series, executive producer of “Cosmos,” co-writer and star of the upcoming film “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” and controversial Oscars host — has just announced that he is releasing a Christmas album. Which is to say: MacFarlane is the new James Franco.
MacFarlane’s album will provide more of the Sinatra-esque crooning he debuted in 2011′s Grammy-nominated “Music Is Better Than Words.” The news has prompted the Hollywood Reporter to declare MacFarlane a “Renaissance Man.” It just so happens that Franco got that same illustrious label from NPR in 2010.
In addition to being everywhere, you could say that MacFarlane serves up the same “immature man-child” brand of humor as Franco — his own, more sexist version of “Seth-Rogen-is-fat-and-we-are-gay-for-each-other,” which sometimes includes boobs, sometimes includes racism, and even a dash of homophobia. And like Franco, he is everywhere.
It’s only a matter of time before his mere presence becomes performance art. People aren’t yet asking, “Why would the art world coddle Seth MacFarlane?” but give it another few years, a few more offensive jokes, a series of ill-conceived books, an album of jazz music set to fart jokes, and they just might.
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.