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.
Pharrell Williams has wrapped up a week of controversial appearances with one more controversial appearance. After giving a bizarre interview about feminism to BBC’s Channel Four and angering his fans by wearing a Native American headdress on a magazine cover, the singer was one of a handful of entertainers to perform at corporate monster Wal-Mart’s annual shareholder meeting.
Though workers across the country have been protesting the company’s low wages and working conditions pretty heavily, “Happy” was the emotion of the hour as Pharrell kicked off the meeting at 7 AM with his signature song. When he left the arena stage in Fayetteville, Arkansas, filled with 14,000, he said without a trace of irony, “Put your hands together for Wal-Mart, guys, for making the world a happier place.”
Harry Connick Jr., Robin Thicke, Sarah McLachlan, Aloe Blacc were among the other celebrity entertainers. Too add insult to injury, MSNBC reports that they probably didn’t get paid for the gig: “Bringing in celebrity guest hosts is an annual tradition for the company, which typically does not pay performance fees for those appearances.” The secret to being “Happy” is to be so rich that you can do what you love, for free. Got it.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at email@example.com.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.