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Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Petition for McDonald's to Create a "McFried Ice Cream Pie"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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Frivolous petitions are really in vogue right now. Whether it’s dividing California into six states or asking the White House to construct a Death Star, democracy’s curdled edges are really showing.

Now here comes a petition straight from an alternate timeline, to get McDonald’s to develop a “McFried Ice Cream Pie.” It looks pretty decent (and is billed as “the product that should have always existed”) although so far, only 31 people have given their assent. Personally, I am hesitating, only because I think those cheapskates would use ice cream that can’t melt.

Is this an actual grassroots movement? Is McDonald’s Astroturfing? One look at the totally-hip-looking Mickey D’s on 24th Street shows that they are definitely trying to get hip, and a drummed-up campaign.

This probably isn’t guerrilla marketing, though, and the best explanation why is that if you are on Instagram and see one of their sponsored posts, the comments section runs about 10,000 “Fuck off, McDonald’s”-es long. So it’s unlikely that this considerably cleverer petition is also coming from the lab at Hamburger University’s Institute for Social Media.

Also, anyone who was sentient in the '80s knows that if there’s one thing McDonald’s needs to do (besides pay a fair wage), it’s resurrect the fried version of the Apple Pies, the kind that actually did exits and which was discontinued in the US in 1992. I ate one in London in 2001 and it’s reportedly still available in Canada. If we stop chasing the chimera that is fried ice cream for one second and organize, anything is possible!

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