Burger King Accused Of Sexism For Weird Pregnancy And World Cup Promotion

Futbol is not as wildly popular in the U.S. as is it is in most other countries, but we still know it’s the World Cup. We have united on our little planet to watch men kick a ball across an enormous field into giant nets, and it feels great. 

It’s also a great advertising opportunity. Everyone is being held captive in front of their TVs, reading about the World Cup online, and probably ordering a lot of take out. Brands are super hyped up about it, and that excitement led to a real lapse in judgement at Burger King. Burger King in Russia, to be specific. 

The Associated Press reports that BK was running an ad that stated they’d give free burgers to women who got “the best football genes” in order to “ensure the success of the Russian team for generations to come.” With a picture of a pregnant woman to accompany it. You know what that means.

How reasonable—somehow find a World Cup athlete, seduce him, and carry his baby to term, then birth and raise it. 

And in exchange, you get free burgers! It’s unclear if the kid gets to eat free, too.

Actually, The Moscow Times says the prize was greater than free meat. They were also offering 3 million rubles, which adds up to about $ 47,000. So, one year’s salary for a lifetime of regret.

Are you surprised to read that people were upset by the ad? It got pulled on Tuesday, and Burger King offered an apology.

“We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online,” adding that the offer “does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

It’s been suggested that the ad was sort of a joke; according to CNN, before the games began, Russian lawmaker Tamara Pletnyova advised World Cup lovers to “avoid sex with foreign fans” so they wouldn’t end up giving birth to “unhappy” mixed-race babies. Yikes. 

“These children then suffer and have suffered even from Soviet times,” she said. “You know this perfectly well. It’s fine if they’re one race, but not if they’re from a different race. I’m not a nationalist, but still. I know the children suffer, then they get abandoned and that’s it, they stay with their mom here.”

People are actually not that surprised. As you can tell from their government representatives, there’s not a lot Russian people won’t say. They’re almost as bad as the U.S. Also, last year, Burger King got in trouble for allegedly mocking an underage rape victim, who is well-known in the country for sharing her experience on a popular Russian evening talk show. 

The victim was mocked online as a meme, when she showed with her thumb and forefinger the amount she had drunk the night of her assault.

Burger King then used the meme in an ad to indicate how long their burger promotion would last. Blech.

Activists for women’s issues have said that the whole campaign reflects Russian attitudes towards women. There have been frequent protests about media representation of women, especially around the World Cup, which tends to gear its advertising towards men despite the multitude of women soccer fans.

The BBC spoke with women’s rights activist Alyona Popova about the general culture between men and women.

“If men are shouting from every corner that a woman is just a body, and find excuses to justify sexual harassment, and blame victims of domestic abuse for what happened, then women start thinking that this is the norm,” she said.

She added, “We should fight for a new image for women in the media. Instead, they use every opportunity to promote the wrong image.”

Not that Russia is the only country in the world struggling with sexism. Much like the World Cup, this seems to be an issue that brings everyone together. You can tell by the resigned attitude towards this story:

But it’s also kind of messed up to retract it?

Let’s just make it a rule that fast food brands stay out of baby-making as a first step towards gender equality.

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Poster Featuring Martin Luther King Jr. And Donald Trump Takes Internet By Storm

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The thought-provoking image is by a Haitian artist.

With the recent reemergence of emboldened hate groups spewing their rhetoric all over public forums online and in society, many are drawing parallels to the civil rights era of the 1950s and 60s.

Much of the blame for the recent rise in overt racism has been put on President Trump, who, after the deadly protest in Charlottesville, was hesitant to denounce the racist and white nationalist fringe groups responsible, and instead blamed both sides.

So who better to silence Trump than famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.:

The powerful image had many wondering who the artist was:

It turns out the artwork is by Haitian artist Watson Mere, and is entitled My Brother’s Keeper:

Incredibly enough, Mere’s artwork is all done on Microsoft Paint, and, according to his website, he “finds inspiration from the love, struggles, happiness, and pain of the people of the African diaspora. Each piece is designed to spark the viewer’s imagination as to interpret the work of art that stands before them. With the screen as his canvas and the mouse as his “brush,” Watson meticulously transforms social issues like race, poverty, and religion into extraordinarily rare and unique works of art. This is his passion.”

You can see some of Mere’s artwork in this video:

And while some didn’t care for the wording of the tweet, they still believed the image was worth sharing:

Perhaps there’s still hope:

H/T: Twitter, Art of Mere

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People Used This Clever Code Word To Order Marijuana At Burger King

I love marijuana. I’m not going to lie about it. One of my favorite things in the world at the end of a productive month where I felt like I got a lot accomplished is taking an evening to myself after working out extra hard that day, queuing up two movies I’ve really wanted to see, getting a bunch of munchies together, toking up, and just eating and watching TV.

Now I have a decent amount of self-control most times, but when I’m high, it’s like a foodapocalypse. I will eat anything and everything in sight. It’s probably the number one reason why I blaze so infrequently.

But when I do, the food I get is extra junky, there’s something about fast food and pot that go so well together.

Something these Burger King employees knew all too well and used their fast food jobs as the perfect cover up for selling weed.

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Seacoast Online reported that two workers at the Epping Burger King, Meagan Dearborn and Garrett Norris would distribute marijuana through the drive-through. People would drive up and ask if “Nasty Boy” was working, which was Garrett’s awesome nickname.

If “Nasty Boy” was indeed, working, people would place an order for “extra crispy” french fries and get a separate coffee cup with weed in it with their order.


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Norris was arrested and charged with sale of a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. Assistant shift manager Dearborn was also arrested after being charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs and illegal possession of alcohol (she’s 19).

They were both released on $ 2,500 bail and have arraignments scheduled on February 22nd.


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Hopefully they get a cool ass judge who recognized clever business tactics when he sees them. Oh, and it’s not like they were selling heroin, it’s not like anyone’s ever overdosed on pot. Besides, how else are you going to enjoy BK’s gross food? (h/t seacoast online)

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