5 stars for the banality of corporate evil.
I'm amused by the proposed design for the uniforms and burger box. It looks like a restaurant designed by Two-Face.
The LGBT whopper was only available in San Francisco (because why not set the game on Very Easy) and was just a regular whopper that came in a rainbow wrapper. So um...way to end homophobia, guys.
THAT SAID, I'll give BK major props for this as a crafty marketing gimmick. They get to look like the good guys extending the olive branch, AND they get to act like they're on an equal level with McDonald's, when in reality McD has three times more restaurants and makes about 20 times more revenue. BK isn't close to McDonald's closest rival and they know it, but this makes them look like they're on even footing.
So that leaves McDonald's with two options: agree (and create the perception of BK as being equal and interchangable with McD) or decline, which is what they did (so now they look like killjoys and assholes.) Either way, BK wins.
There's a Burger King not far from where I work. I went in there the other day, and I am not exaggerating this, the dining area smelled so much like a public bathroom that I dry-heaved and had to leave.
I'm sure this bilateral corporate handjob will bring about massive of change around the world, it's not at all a just a publicity stunt that wont change even one tiny thing.
They didn't even bother offering some kind of token miniscule donation to a cause, just "hey, look at us, with the hamburger and the uniforms...we'll build a burgerdonalds somewhere, world peace!"
@Xeno yeah you're right, SF with the LGBT Whopper is pretty much shooting fish in a barrel, but this was also supposed to be just one particular store as well, and just for one day, so it's pretty much the same thing..
Yeah, Temple Grandin is kind of weird. Deep pressure is very important for many on the spectrum (or anyone with anxiety) but the fact that the Hug Box was inspired by a cow-jail is really off-putting to me..
@EH that's funny; McDonalds was always famous for always having free public restrooms for customers and non-customers (I think that's still the case?) so you'd think a Mickey D's would smell a lot more like junkie puke and cat litter than a BK, whose restrooms are for paying customers only.
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Somewhere in... I believe, Washington, NC. I walked into a McDonalds' bathroom... and smelled absolutely NOTHING.
I know, I can't figure it out, either.
IZ - well, it wasn't really puke and litter. It was more industrial cleaner, ammonia, and "urinal cake", with just a hint of warm, dry fart.
This has been an off and on problem at that particular Biurger King, but holy shit, it was so much worse than before.
The voiceover guy's voice is a strange combination of Patrick Stewart and Michael Dorn. And a third guy probably.
WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT THE FLOOR THERE'S NO HAPPY MEAL DOWN THERE!!
Steal a creative license, create peace.
Well it's not really stealing if it's a proposal.. as far as I know McDonalds still hasn't commented or has basically said "no" to the idea, which is probably what Burger King wanted. It reminds me of that Mr. Show sketch with Gibbons Market and Fairsleys. All the one had to do was imply something and watch the other crash and burn under its own insecurities.
If I'm to believe the great Internet, people have already begun lining up in front of where the proposed store-for-a-day will be. If McDonalds *ahem* McChickens out that's bling, yo. Thanks Front Holiday for providing America with the fast food drama we so desperately crave.
And also it's not that weird of a concept: Microsoft products exist for Apple, and KFC & WingStreet are owned by the same company even though they're kind of in competition with each other..
I don't know, I'm not a lawyer but it seems they are walking a fine line here by referencing "an idea" that isn't even a thing yet which involves a competitor. I guess at worst it approaches false advertising but if I were McD lawyers I'd be poking this balloon for all its worth. Maybe their best response is to ask the King to come down from his throne for a day and be a creepy clown.
Fusion is just a cheap tactic to make weak burgers stronger. But on the other hand, if you do it you get your own song:
Go ahead and try to eat me if you're able
I'm the most unpleasant thing that's on your table
I know that as a sandwich I'm not proper
Maybe that's why they call me McWhopper
And you're not gonna stop what we made together
We'll stay in your colon till forever
You can't break us apart, you can never beat us
just sit back and enjoy the diabeetus
I am made
And I do nothing for peace.
I feel like I made the world a worse place by watching this.
Then I looked at the Wikipedia page for Peace One Day and I knew I was right.
Peace for everyone.
Except those fucking cows. Fuck those guys.
|Spaceman Africa |
McDonald's later responded with a passive aggressive Facebook post on the matter, what a strange world.
the fing i luf about the mc whoppa prowject
You cynical bastards! You think this is about money? This is about peace and world change. If BK and McD can unite, then anythings possible. Maybe Coke and Pepsi can bottle a beverage that's 50/50.
All I know is I work for peace everyday, and I'll try to get to Atlanta to eat a McWhopper!
>> Maybe Coke and Pepsi can bottle a beverage that's 50/50.
They'd better not. Lions will never lay down with lambs; Coke will never lay down with Pepsi.
>> If BK and McD can unite, then anythings possible.
Yes, they could unite. It would be called a "corporate merger", and it would leave nearly all global fast-food power centralized in the hands of a tiny cabal of international sandwicheers. Anything would be possible... for them. As for the rest of us, the billions of us not privileged to be on their board of directors, we'd be left without choice, without power, and without hope.
BK and McDonald's say they want "peace" and "change" - peace means control and stagnation. Change means the death of liberty and unalienable rights. Don't be taken in by their lies, Cena. Eat at Carl's Jr and stick it to the man.
They would never ever merge, its just a cease fire. They're doing this for the people. Now I want a McWhopper so bad, and this is the only way it will ever be possible. McDonalds said no, so of course they suck. They don't care about world peace.
Don't be like everyone else who thinks its cool to hate on fast food burgers.
I don't think it's cool to hate on fast food burgers. I think it's cool to love on fast food diversity. Competition is what keeps Burger King and McDonald's strong; variety and decentralization is what gives consumers like you and me more choice and more power. You can dress it up however you like - "merger", "ceasefire", "corporate gay marriage" - the fact is, the day BK and McDonald's decide to join together as one, that is going to be the worst day in burger history.
You remember what happened when the WWE joined with the WCW? Neither brand got better; both brands started to suck.
I guarantee you, if McDonald's and BK started working together, the same thing would happen: MickeyD's would parade the BK talent around for a couple of months, then they'd suddenly shit-can everyone and the standards of quality from whomever remained would plummet.
That wasn't a strong WCW joining WWE. It was weak and defeated. A big part of the WCW/ECW Invasion angle sucking was bad booking, but the other part was lack of talent. Most of WCW's biggest stars just sat out their contracts, getting paid to do nothing, while most of ECW's biggest stars had already joined WCW or WWE long before that angle started.
The most notable exception was Booker T. He signed a new contract with WWE for less, because he didn't want to fade into obscurity. He left WCW as its final champ and had to keep going while he was hot.
Just a few years after the failed invasion John Cena debuted, and wrestling has never been better.
This is a strong McD fusing with a strong BK. Together they can bring about world peace and take down Subway now that their hero has fallen.
Don' believe the hype, BK has always been weak. That's why they need to cut commercials like this: because they know nobody likes their restaurants, and they know their burgers can't compete.
Listen, man, you mark my words. Kid Vid is going to go crazy because of all the performance-enhancing drugs Mickey D's will put him on, and when he murders and then eats his wife and child, you will feel terrible.
Beniot was on WWE's side during the Invasion. He left WCW like 2 years before its downfall along with Malenko, Guerrerro, and Saturn, because WCW was booking them like shit.
Benoit was one of the smarter WheelChair Wrestlers and knew when to join the winning team, but a WCW man he was nevertheless. You can't pin a WCW Triple Crown Champion on the WWE just because he's an embarrassment to your brand, the same way BK won't be able to pin Kid Vid on McDs when the inevitable happens.
Can you change your name to broken pencil, cause once again you're missing the point. This isn't a merger. Its meant to be two corporations working together in the name of world peace. Burger King is like an Anthony Keidis reaching out an olive branch only to get stabbed in the back by Mike Patton (McDondaldS).
A world at war is like a broken city hall. Burger King is like Applejeack wanting to fix things, that McDonalds (Derpy) destroyed.
Again, Cena, you can call it whatever you like. The fact is, BK is proposing that BK and McD's join forces. That's what's happening! That's what *YOU* want to happen!
If you want to pretend like that's not a merger, not some kind of sinister New Burger Order, then that's on you. If you'd like to pretend that BK and McDs can "work together" while still retaining sovereignty over their respective brands, then you go right ahead; if you think their vision of "world peace" won't involve collective farming slave-camps and CCTV cameras monitoring billions of us poor, indentured serfs, then keep right on dreaming. Me? I'm a realist. I'm a student of history. I won't swallow one single bite of their propaganda.
And Anthony Kid-fondler-is never offered an olive branch. At most, he tried to call time-out/ no-tag-backs, and failed.
If you want to talk ponies, tell me this: what do you think would happen if Sweet Apple Acres and the Flim Flam Brothers teamed up?!
... you do remember how AJ and Granny Smith treated them, right?
Equestria would be a better place if the Apples and the Flim Flam's were at peace, but the Flim Flam's would have to end their deceptive business practices before that would be possible.
McDonalds going to be too busy fighting off evil teamster organizers to bring world peace. Unions ruin everything AGAIN!
Well of course they did that. They're an evil corporation who is standing in the way of world peace by refusing to make the McWhopper. I'll bet Burger King will fight in the interests fast food employees world wide.
Sexy Duck Cop
See, even though it's completely plausible McDonald's would be anti-union, the mere fact that SolRo said it instantly makes McDonald's the most union-friendly corporation on earth.
How does it feel to be able to manipulate time and space purely through reverse psychology, SolRo?
Comp sales for both down in 2012, 2013, 2014.
There's nothing sustainable about either.
And few options for vegans at either (BK has a tiny edge).
If I recall BK's fries are vegan, but apparently the veggie burger is not even without the mayo or the bun? What the fuck Morningstar! Or, you could just order a 6 dollar salad with no dressing and wonder why your friends are such assholes for not stopping at the Subway when they had the fucking chance 10 miles ago.. :p
Haha, McDonalds said "FUCK YOU" to this.
I realized why McDonald's won't do it. They don't want their itty bitty patties in direct contact with the massive beef patty of the Whopper. BK has been using that in advertising for years.
yeah it would taste like shit. oh wait, is that a problem?
|Sexy Duck Cop |
"I am too good for McDonald's. I would never eat there because it is beneath me."
--7 billion people
I had one of these at band practice tonight, it was the blandest burger I've ever eaten.
Actually it wasn't one of these, it was something called a "big king" never mind.
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