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.
One of the 6 tracks on G-Unit’s new album, “The Beauty Of Independence,” is an angry, raw, sad rap that responds to police brutality, institutionalized racism and the devastating fate of too many young black men in this country. In “Ahhh Shit,” rappers 50 Cent, Young Buck and Kidd Kidd chastize a fictional character for calling the cops: “Now why the fuck did you call them cops?/(Ahhh shit)/With your hands up you still getting shot/(Ahhh shit)/Here they come now; they out on patrol/(Ahhh shit)/They killed a few; they gonna kill some more”
The song references the cases of Eric Garner, the black asthmatic man who died in a chokehold; Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen shot by George Zimmerman; and Michael Brown, the unarmed teen short by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, including samples and soundbites from the news. It’s a commentary about the realities many black youth face: Cops aren’t there to protect you, they’re there to hunt you down.
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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.