Mary J. Blige Says Her Burger King Ad Was A Mistake

If you weren’t aware (I had not a clue) Mary J. Blige just did a commercial for Burger King.  Things didn’t turn out so well.  In short order there were charges of racism, people were offended, and Burger King pulled the ad quickly.  She spoke to Hot 97′s Angie Martinez the other day and admitted that working with Burger King on an advertisement was a mistake.

“I wanted to crawl under the bed…It was a mistake, but I did it because I thought it was something that wouldn’t come out like that. It was sold to us that I would be shot in an iconic way … It hurt my feelings. It crushed me for like two days.”

After the ad debuted on TV, criticism was fast and furious.  Some called the spot, which features Blige crooning about chicken snack wraps, “buffoonery” and racist.  Oops.  The fast food giant then pulled the ad not because of the controversy, but issues surrounding licensing concerns.  Eventually, Burger King publicly apologized to Blige.

“I want to apologize to everyone who was offended who thought I would do something that was so disrespectful to our culture,” Blige said on Hot 97. “I would never do anything like that. I thought I was doing something right.”

Here’s the original spot which caused the whole mess:


Steroid Infused ‘Cows’ Make a Good Case for Applegate’s ‘Cleaner Wieners’

Steroid Infused 'Cows' Make a Good Case for Applegate's 'Cleaner Wieners'I enjoy ads that are done well or make me laugh.  Bad commercials are lazy.  They don’t get my attention and more over are simply annoying.  Applegate Organic and Natural Meat has teamed up with Taxi New York and Brendan Gibbons of Station Film for its new commercial.  Advertising it’s “Cleaner Wieners” which are made with organic meat, the commercial shows a very-pumped up “cow” unsuccessfully trying to convince one mother that he’s not on growth hormone.  It ends with a question: “What’s in your hot dog?”

This Is A Beef Jerky Sasquatch

This Is A Beef Jerky SasquatchHappy National Beef Jerky Day!  Well okay, it was yesterday.  We all missed it.  Never mind that.  Let’s celebrate a day late.  I won’t tell if you don’t.  You could grab a shitty Slim-Jim or you could check out the video below.  To celebrate this great day, mosaic artist Jason Mecier created a beef jerky portrait of Sasquatch.  For the beefy bit, he partnered with Jack Links Beef Jerky.  That’s one happy looking Sasquatch.

- via Laughing Squid -

This Is Now The World’s Most Expensive Burger

This Is Now The World’s Most Expensive Burger

Serendipity 3 Burger

A few days ago there was a flurry of articles about New York restaurant Serendipity 3 debuting the “world’s most expensive burger.”  The Manhattan café that played a starring role in the 2001 film Serendipity and is also home to the $1,000-dollar sundae, has created Le Burger Extravagant at $295 a pop.  What do you get for your money?

Japanese Wagyu beef infused with 10-herb white truffle butter, seasoned with Salish Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt, topped with cheddar cheese – hand-formed by the famous cheesemaker James Montgomery in Somerset, England, and cave-aged for 18 months – shaved black truffles, a fried quail egg and served on a white truffle-buttered Campagna Roll, which is topped with a blini, creme fraiche, and Paramout Caviar’s exclusive Kaluga caviar – a beautiful golden caviar with a buttery, nutty taste and large pearls from the Huso Dauricus farm raised in Quzhou, China.”

Only it’s not the world’s most expensive burger.  They’ve been outdone by a food truck.  Behold the $666 Douche Burger.

Created by 666 Burger the Douche Burger is more than double the price of Serendipity’s offering.  Stuffed with foie-gras, the gold-leaf-wrapped Kobe patty is topped with caviar, lobster, truffles, Gruyère melted with Champagne steam (!), and BBQ sauce made using Kopi Luwak coffee.  If you’re not familiar with Kopi Luwak coffee there’s probably good reason.  It’s $100 a pound.  Oh, and the coffee beans are eaten by civet cats and after being digested and shat out, the beans are cleaned, roasted, and offered to you as a tasty and very expensive beverage.  Yeah, civet shit coffee.  Yum.

And, according to 666 Burger’s Facebook page the burger is completely legit.  Here’s a picture.

This Is Now The World’s Most Expensive Burger

And The “Winner” Is…..

While they are offering it, it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek.  Okay, it’s a lot tongue-in-cheek.  The boys over at 666 Burger seem very angry at the thought of just piling super expensive ingredients on a burger and charging a fat sum for it, so they rolled this sucker out as a statement of burger intentions… “[The Douche Burger] may not taste good, but will make you feel rich as f*ck.”  Indeed.

- via Thrillist -

Meat Balloons Now Exist

Meat Balloons Now ExistI promised I wouldn’t start off with anything particularly gross this morning, given what seemed to be an unfortunate theme the other day.  Rather than gross I went for meaty latex; hand-made balloons that look exactly like cuts of meat.  Mmmm.

Meat Balloons Now Exist

Chicago design shop ODL wizarded together these meat-tastic balloons for a New York-based butcher shop called Japan Premium Beef.  The work was produced for their installation in the NoHo Design District during New York Design Week 2012.  Each balloon takes about three hours to make, from forming the initial shape to the hand painting process that turns the latex blob into the believable cuts of meat you see.  Inflatable filet mignon anyone?

Meat Balloons Now Exist

If you’re excited about these life just got better.  They’re now for sale on a limited basis, seems like when they’re gone….they’re gone.  And at eight bucks a piece it seems a foregone conclusion they won’t be long.

Meat Balloons Now Exist

- via CollabCubed -

Finger Found In Arby’s Sandwich: Michigan Teen Ryan Hart Gets Unfortunate Surprise In His Junior Roast Beef Sandwhich

Finger Found In Arby's Sandwich: Michigan Teen Ryan Hart Gets Unfortunate Surprise In His Junior Roast Beef SandwhichRyan Hart, 14, was eating a junior roast beef sandwich on May 11 when he bit into a piece he described as particularly rubbery.  That’s not a good endorsement when someone says it’s particularly rubbery, suggesting that they’re accustomed to and willing to accept some level of rubberiness in your product.  That’s loyalty.

He spit out the offending item, which turned out to be a part of a finger measuring about one-inch long and a quarter-inch thick, MLive reports.  The whole disturbing incident occurred at Arby’s on North West Avenue in Jackson, Michigan.  Ryan, his mother, and some friends had gone in for a quick bite after school.  They ordered at the drive through and ate in the parking lot.  Upon discovering the finger they trashed the rest of the food, notified the store, and went to get Ryan check out.  Police took a statement and the board of health was notified of the incident.

Finger Found In Arby's Sandwich: Michigan Teen Ryan Hart Gets Unfortunate Surprise In His Junior Roast Beef SandwhichAn employee had sliced her finger while operating a meat slicer at the restaurant and left her station without immediately saying she cut herself, said Steve Hall, environmental health director for the Jackson County Health Department. Other workers were filling an order before they became aware of what happened, he said.  I’ve worked in restaurant kitchens, if someone lops off a piece of finger I suppose it’s possible no one noticed for a bit.  Long enough to serve up a bloody digit?  I’m not sure.

As for Arby’s:

“Arby’s wants to reassure customers that we are committed to providing quality food in a safe and healthy environment.  We are deeply concerned and apologetic to the guest involved in this unfortunate incident,” said a letter signed by John Gray, VP of corporate communications and public relations for Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc.  The general manager at the Jackson restaurant declined comment.  In the letter, dated Wednesday, Gray called what happened an “isolated and unfortunate accident” during which an employee was injured at the business at 952 N. West Ave.