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.
Regardless of how you feel about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — Goofy stunt that’s nonetheless bringing badly needed attention and funds to an important cause? Disingenuous slacktivism? — you’ve got to admit that India’s version is a lot classier.
Presenting the “Rice Bucket Challenge,” which capitalizes on a convenient pun to help feed the hungry. Here’s how it works: People are encouraged to donate a bowl or bag of rice to someone in need and then, as with the original stunt, brag about it on social media. And … that’s about it.
“The idea of dunking oneself in icy cold water, shrieking in horror and then uploading the bizarre video felt preposterous,” Manju Latha Kalanidhi, who came up with the idea, told CityLab. ”I wanted to just do something local, meaningful without wasting anything.” In India, after all, clean water can be difficult to come by, as can food: the country is home to about a quarter of the world’s hungry.
Will the viral magic of hilarious, if bizarre, videos translate to what’s basically a standard charity bid? The populations of the project’s Facebook page, which already has more than 16,000 likes since debuting this weekend, might be an indication. Here’s hoping it catches on everywhere.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Lindsay Abrams.
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