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.
Last night, on “Last Week Tonight” John Oliver discussed an increasingly problematic issue: income inequality.
The rising wealth chasm between the rich and the poor — not an American phenomenon, but arguably the most important issue of our time. And over half-a-year after President Obama expounded on the issues of inequality (using the word 28 times in a December speech), the subject has been all but discarded.
Oliver brings it right back to the foreground with a Homeric speech about income inequality and the “American Dream.” The issue, Oliver points out, is the optimism of the “American Dream.” America still frames the economy as if everyone can still make it, even as laws and the economy continue to widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots. While the optimism is beautiful — and maybe possible for the few who “make it” — it, as Oliver points out, “leads you to act against your own best interest.” Watch him explain below:
h/t “Last Week Tonight“
Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Sarah Gray.
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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.