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You only have until tomorrow to show your "pride" at San Francisco Burger Kings.
So that’s what “Be Your Way” means! In recognition of Pride Week in San Francisco and Pride Month across the nation, Burger King is releasing a limited-edition “Proud Whopper” (a regular Whopper wrapped in a rainbow packaging), along with its new LGBT-friendly “Be Your Way” ad campaign video at the 1200 Market Street Burger King location, available until July 3rd.
“We are always looking to engage our guests on a local level and be part of regionally relevant events,” said Kelly Gomez, Director of West Coast Field Marketing, Burger King West Division in a statement. “Given that a Burger King franchise was perfectly situated along the San Francisco Pride Parade route, it was a natural fit to be involved and celebrate by giving something back to the community.”
The whopper packaging, when rolled out, reads “We are all the same inside,” and will be available through tomorrow. Burger King isn’t the only large food company to participate. Baked by Melissa also rolled out a Wildberry Pride cupcake for Pride Month, and Lucky Charms released a “Lucky to be Original” ad campaign, complete with rainbow marshmallows.
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The Bilerico Project | Daily experiments in LGBTQ
In what may be a first for a fast food restaurant, Burger King celebrated LGBT Pride by introducing a Pride-themed sandwich. TIME magazine explains:
Behind the counter at a Burger King in the heart of San Francisco is a rainbow-colored menu board advertising a product that the fast-food behemoth has never sold before and isn't selling anywhere else: The Proud Whopper.
When customers visiting during Sunday's pride parade asked cashiers what made this Whopper different from a standard-issue burger, they simply said, "I don't know." The mystery was revealed once diners opened the rainbow-colored wrapper and got a taste: absolutely nothing is different about this burger, nothing at all. To emphasize the point, the interior of the wrapper comes with a second message: "We Are All the Same Inside."
The Proud Whopper will be on the menu at Burger King's downtown San Francisco location (1200 Market Street) until tomorrow.
Fernando Machado, Burger King's senior vice president of global branding, told TIME that the campaign hopes to call attention to the company's new "Be Your Way" slogan. "As a brand, we welcome everyone," he said. "We felt that [the Proud Whopper] could bring to life a message of equality, self-expression, authenticity and just being who you are."
The "Proud Whopper" campaign also includes a two-minute video that Burger King plans to release on YouTube today. (UPDATE: the video is here. Click to view.) The AP has more:
A rough cut of the two-minute video shows confused customers asking about the Proud Whopper, trying to figure out what makes it different, then later grasping what is happening.
"I think this wrapper means we all have the same rights," a young child explains. "A burger has never made me cry before," says a young woman.
Another young woman uses an expletive to explain that it's same stuff inside. The video also shows some negative reactions, including a man who says the chain will no longer have his business.
Indeed, there have been plenty of negative reactions to Burger King's decision to support equality: hateful right-wing trolls are flooding their Facebook page with anti-LGBT comments. If you have a minute, head on over and give BK some love instead -- let's show them that supporting LGBT civil rights is good for business!
Proud Whopper lands Burger King top marketing award
The Proud Whopper from Burger King has landed the company a top marketing honour.
To celebrate of last year’s LGBT Pride month, the fast food giant Burger King served the limited-edition Proud Whopper, which was exclusively available at their Market Street location in San Francisco.
The campaign won gold for David Miami (an agency part of Ogilvy & Mather Group) in the Promo & Activation category of the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity 2015.
The burger came in a rainbow wrapper, which once opened, read: “We are all the same inside.”
Fernando Machado, senior vice president of global brand management at Burger King, said it represented who they are as a brand.
He said: “It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression.”
The concept behind the packaging was to emphasise that, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, we are all just people.
In addition to selling The Proud Whopper last weekend at the San Francisco Pride Parade last year, Burger King also passed out 50,000 rainbow Burger King crowns.
Burger King Embraces Gay Agenda, Introduces “Proud Whopper.” No, Seriously.
It was great when companies began embracing the LGBT community in ads and on social media. It wasn’t a popular thing to do—heck, you might risk a boycott. At this point, though, it’s just getting silly: Burger King has announced it will sell “the Proud Whopper”—a regular Whopper in a rainbow wrapper and an inscription that reads “”We are all the same inside.”
“It showcases who we are as a brand,” Fernando Machado, the fast-foot chain’s senior vice president of global brand management, told USA Today. “It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self expression.”
Now, keep in mind that the Proud Whopper will only be on sale in one BK location—on San Francisco’s Market Street.
And it will only be on sale till Thursday.
And we’re not even in Pride month anymore.
But before we get all Grinchy, we should say that 100% of sales of the Proud Whopper will be donated to the Burger King McLamore Foundation for scholarships benefiting LGBT high-school seniors. And BK was a sponsor of SF Pride last weekend, when the burgers first went on sale.
Still, we wish these babies had been around when the whole Chick-fil-a dustup happened. That would really have been putting their money where our mouth is.
Burger King Introduces Rainbow-Wrapped Pride Whopper
Just in time for pride, Burger King has unveiled the rainbow-wrapped Proud Whopper!
The Proud Whopper, as it’s called, comes wrapped in a rainbow colored wrapper with this inscription: “We are all the same inside.” It will be sold through Thursday at one Burger King restaurant on San Francisco’s Market Street, that was at the heart of the route for last weekend’s 44th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade.
Burger King on Wednesday morning at 8 AM EST plans to post a two-minute video about the Proud Whopper on its YouTube channel.
“It showcases who we are as a brand,” says Fernando Machado, senior vice president of global brand management at Burger King. “It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self expression.”
My only problem with the word is that it seems like it can be used as a cop out term for straight people to deflect criticism.
Like the woman who was going to be a judge on that show that promotes ballroom culture, she was asked why a straight woman should be on the show, she responds “I’m a member of the queer community”.
So she’s never come out, and when it looked like it may interfere with her wallet, she suddenly says “I’m queer”. Which, since she’s only dated men….seemed very convenient.
Other than that, I kind of like having an umbrella term since, as we move forward more members of the community in different areas are making themselves known.
And here’s our resident Queerty Karen here to call the queer police on somebody’s sexuality. What you said is very much the same as people what people say to bisexual/pansexual/queer/sexually fluid folks when they talk about their sexuality. “Well I doubt you’re bisexual/pansexual/queer/sexually fluid because I’ve only seen you publicly date members of the opposite/same sex.”
And as you always say to others, name? Sources? Links? Personal interview with this unnamed woman about all her private sexual experiences?
Happy Pride Queerty Karen?!
@jayceecook, Awwww, how adorable, the account that has gotten blasted a few times tries to lash out. Hey precious, here’s an idea, if you’re going to lie about something somebody said, it’s probably a good idea to make sure it isn’t in the post right above you.
As for your comment, what I said is the OPPOSITE of people who come out as pan, bi, fluid, etc… They are coming out in a very specific way. My comment was on straight people that use the “Queer” label as a deflection after they get backlash. So quick suggestion, if you’re going to use fake outrage as your strategy in a post, reread and make sure that you’re actually making sense. (This has been a public service announcement from…..)
As for who used the Queer label after backlash, it’s cute you pretend not to know since I reference the show and it was talked about here on Queerty, but here’s a quote from one of the thousand articles about her….
“”After receiving backlash for her leading role in Legendary, an upcoming HBO Max series featuring ballroom competitions, Jameela Jamil came out as queer.
“Twitter is brutal. This is why I never officially came out as queer,” she tweeted on Wednesday. “”
So she came out as “Queer” to defend her being on a show that was pulling HEAVILY from the ballroom scene. She was vague, and she’s been in a heterosexual relationship with James Blake for as long as she’s been famous, and she didn’t come out and say “yay, I’m out!” she said she’s queer as a response to people asking shouldn’t a person more involved with the ballroom scene or an LGBTQ person be on the show.
But please, jayceecook, by all means, invent a new phony reason to tantrump. (Spelling intended)
@Cam Where’s the lie?
You literally said that straight people used the term “queer” as a way to include themselves in the LGBTQ+ community.
You: “My only problem with the word is that it seems like it can be used as a cop out term for straight people to deflect criticism.”
To which you then tried to prove by giving a vague reference to something you read about.
You: “Like the woman who was going to be a judge on that show that promotes ballroom culture, she was asked why a straight woman should be on the show, she responds ‘I’m a member of the queer community’.”
Then you policed her sexuality and deemed her “not one of us”.
You: “So she’s never come out, and when it looked like it may interfere with her wallet, she suddenly says “I’m queer”. Which, since she’s only dated men….seemed very convenient.”
Because you obviously can’t comprehend what is wrong with everything you said above let me try to explain it to you as if you were a 5 year old. Which honestly is insulting to 5 year olds because I’m sure they could follow along better than you.
By saying she “never came out”, which is each person’s prerogative on the when, where, why, and how, until “it threatened her wallet” you’re saying that she’s lying to make money. To back this narrative up you use the fact that you’ve never seen her publicly date a woman. That she’s only been in a relationship with a man since… well coming out. Now to clarify AGAIN what you did here was 1) say that straight people lie about being LGBTQ+ by using the identifier “queer” 2) to “prove” this you made a reference to a vague situation where some allegedly straight woman did this to make money 3) your “proof” rests on the assertion that she only came out after backlash over her being a judge on a random reality TV show and also because she’s only publicly dated men since “coming out”. The fact that you’ve never seen her in a relationship with a woman “proves” your assumption.
That is EXACTLY on par with what bisexual/pansexual/queer/sexually fluid people are told over and over again. That because they’ve only been seen publicly with either a member of the opposite/same sex/gender that they aren’t really whatever sexual identity they use. It is something famous people like Alan Cumming and Anna Paquin have heard for years and publicly addressed.
What you’re doing is policing or gatekeeping other people’s sexuality. It happens all the time with pretty much every label people use to define themselves. If it doesn’t pass whatever predetermined criteria in your head then it’s a lie, sham, excuse, money grab, etc.
Speaking of. Again, where did I lie?
As to your assertion that everybody knows exactly what you were talking about when you made your vague reference about said woman because it was covered here on Q is seriously laughable. For so many reasons. The two most important being 1) the assumption that everybody who visits Q and comments reads *every* single thing they post and 2) you referenced the actual show. You didn’t. You referenced A SHOW. Nowhere did you provide the actual name of the show. What you actually wrote was, “on that show that promotes ballroom culture”. So, Dancing With The Stars? No? What about America’s Ballroom Challenge? No? Then POSE? Not that either? Then which one.
You never once said you were referring to Legendary. So excuse me and the other people who weren’t immediately aware of which show you were talking about. Simply saying “on that show that promotes ballroom culture” is not enough hun.
It’s funny that when other people make comments you find aren’t informative enough you jump to the attack calling them trolls, Trump supporters, Russian bots, etc but the minute that gets turned around in your direction you immediately deflect, play victim, and lie. Hrm. That sounds eerily like our orange-in-charge. Taking lessons then CamCam?
And why are you attacking just Jameela Jamil? Why not the other supposedly “heterosexual using the queer label” judge Megan Thee Stallion? She’s more problematic in my book. Sorry but her rainbow hair and Katy Perry defense isn’t cutting it. Wanting to cash in on the queer identity while playing coy about her actual identity. Isn’t that what bothers you so much about JJ? Why is she getting a pass? Because she knows less about the ballroom scene than JJ and has said as much. If you read any interviews with JJ you’d know that while she herself has never competed, emceed, or judged before she has talks about her experience as someone who appreciates the art form and has spent years a part of “the scene”. Not to mention the fact that she finds is sad that people, like you, are trying to make it about her and not the talent. Not only that but she realizes her place within the context of the show. Social capital. She’s fully aware and has said multiple times that her involvement has more to do with her ability to draw in an audience than her ballroom experience. Same with MTS.
What’s even more infuriating is that you don’t even understand the context in which JJ made that tweet about being queer. It wasn’t an attempt to appease the toxic culture of Twitter BUT to call it out. It wasn’t about saying, “calm down I’m part of the LGBTQ community. I’m queer.” It was a way of saying, in as little words as possible, “Geez, can you imagine the backlash from Twitter [email protected] I’d receive if I revealed that I’m actually queer. I’ve identified that way for years. They’d eat me alive. Good thing I never did…Oops.” Guess what? They did. Something similar happened with Jade Tailor when she expressed interest in taking over the role of Batwoman when RR quit. Some fans had been tossing her name into the ring as a replacement because of her martial arts experience, acting experience, experience with long shooting schedules in Vancouver, and her ability to sing. Fans made mock up art of her in the cape and cowl. But the CamCams of Twitter came crashing her door down telling her to have several seats because only an out lesbian or queer actress is going to get the part. Much like JJ she tweeted (I’m summarizing here) “there’s a B in LGBTQ”. Then fans started to ask if that meant she was bisexual and she said yes. Some people were happy for her but some, the CamCams naturally, started in on her saying she was only claiming that because she wanted the part of Batwoman. Again, people like you policing/gate keeping people’s sexuality. It’s sick.
“…the account that has gotten blasted a few times tries to lash out.” When? By whom? Nobody here has been able to properly “blast” me as you say. I’ve yet to see anybody, including you, discredit anything I’ve said on this site. I’ve never once seen you do anything other than throw temper tantrums and call me some form of Trump supporter, Russian bot, fake account, alt account, etc without any proof. Blasted? Please. All I’ve seen is mainly you getting huffy and resorting to your usual pattern. Which is, as I’ve said multiple times, deflects, lie, play victim. No snookums, that’s not close to a blast. Not even a cold front.
It used to be cute when you’d assume I was a Trump supporter, Russian bot, fake Republican account, or some imaginary person’s alt but it’s become boring. Find a different tune to play mate. I’m bored of this one. I’ll say it one more time. I’m not a Trumpster fan. I didn’t vote for him. In fact, I didn’t vote at all in the 2016 fall election in protest of the corrupt voting system that we currently have. One that keeps people locked into a two party system. One that puts the electoral college above the voice of the popular vote. One that destroys any attempt at reformation. And one that continuously puts it’s own interests above the common people. For future reference CanCam, I probably won’t be voting this fall either except for local issues and candidates. So put that into your Rolodex and sit and spin on it snookums.
Queer is NOT a slur and it’s so annoying that a company wanted to do something to honor the LGBT community and got crap not only from homophobes, but ignorant in our own community.
At least they did something, so shut the f*ck up!
Burger King gay Whopper: Because we're all cheap processed meat on the inside?
Burger King is now selling a 'Proud Whopper' in San Francisco as part of LGBT Pride Month, a burger in rainbow wrapping bearing the oddly juxtaposing tagline 'We're all the same on the inside'.
Part noble gesture (proceeds from the sandwich will help fund scholarships for LGBT high school graduates), part calculated targeting of the pink dollar (the buying power of gay consumers was estimated to be $743 billion in 2010), the Proud Whopper will be sold for a limited time in the city.
Its slogan attempts to convey the message that we're all human beings of equal worth regardless of gender and sexuality, but draws odd comparisons with the burger itself.
It seems to suggest we're all the same inside just like one of the brand's Whoppers, i.e. identical due to mass production and made from meat that would probably make you shudder if you saw it pre-flame grilling.
Nonetheless, the promotion is already proving popular on social media, with people now beginning to dutifully Instagram pictures of the wrappers and use the #BeYourWay hashtag.
What Comes After Burger King's Gay Pride Whopper?
Earlier this month, one Burger King restaurant situated along the parade route of San Francisco's annual gay pride event sold a specially packaged, limited-edition "Proud Whopper" with a rainbow wrapper.
American Family Association says that unless concerned consumers contact the fast food chain, the promotion could go nationwide next time.
"Even though this promotion was at just one location, as a chain, Burger King is promoting homosexual behavior as healthy and something to have pride in," said AFA President Tim Wildmon. "We believe that promoting and encouraging unhealthy behavior will drive families away."
Fernando Machado, Burger King's senior vice president of Global Brand Management, defended the company's promotion, telling USA Today that the sandwich "showcases who we are as a brand," adding, "It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression."
On Monday AFA sent an Action Alert to its friends and supporters and has prepared an email that consumers can send directly to Burger King executives and to the Burger King Franchise Association. The email, which can be edited by the sender, states:
"I am offended by Burger King's stunt in offering a so-called 'Proud Whopper' in San Francisco. What were you thinking?
"Your celebrated promotion of cross-dressers and homosexuality is an insult to families, and I find your celebration of abhorrent behavior as a reason to dine elsewhere.
"I hope you will learn from this publicity blunder and realize that while most stores did not participate in the corporate-approved program, the damage has been done and affects the image of all Burger King outlets."
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Burger King’s “Proud Whopper” Isn’t Anything For Gays To Be Proud Of
This morning my email inbox greeted me with a press release from Burger King proudly declaring the release of the PROUD WHOPPER® Sandwich:
Burger King Worldwide, Inc. is broadcasting a widespread message in support of self-expression with a digital film launching today on Youtube.com/BurgerKing. The film was created at a BURGER KING® restaurant at the heart of the San Francisco Pride Parade route where a limited edition PROUD WHOPPER® Sandwich was added to the menu. Guests who ordered the PROUD WHOPPER® Sandwich were surprised because it is in fact, the same iconic fire-grilled WHOPPER® Sandwich beloved since 1957, but wrapped in rainbow colored paper inscribed with a message reading: “we are all the same inside.”
The press release quoted Fernando Machado, Burger King Corporation Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management, who enthused that:
“BURGER KING® restaurants have always been places to eat great tasting food, let your guard down and just be yourself without any judgment. The film and PROUD WHOPPER® Sandwich are the first of many different opportunities to bring the “BE YOUR WAY SM ” global attitude to life in unexpected ways.”
As I wrote in Gays Fight To Enjoy Shitty Fast Food In Good Conscience, Which Is Impossible — a response piece to the call for queers to boycott Chick-Fil-A after its owner said some profoundly shitty things about gay people — eating fast food is inherently not progressive regardless of the company’s positive or negative feelings about the LGBTQ community. Boycotting Chick-Fil-A because their CEO hates gay people is as pointless as supporting Burger King because their CEO packaged some burgers in rainbow-striped paper. It’s still fast food. Which isn’t to say that there’s no excuse to eat fast food — most of us do, at least sometimes. For many people, fast food is the only affordable way to eat anything at all. But when we eat fast food, we do so because it is affordable and convenient and because it is delicious (especially the fries, Burger King has the best fries), not because it makes the world a better place or advances progressive political causes.
I’m not so pure that I can’t appreciate and even commend corporations who embrace or target the LGBTQ community, especially because we often must rely on their advertising dollars to pay our bills. But there’s a difference between a KY Jelly commercial featuring a lesbian couple and Burger King wrapping trash in a gay piece of paper and declaring it groundbreaking or even “supportive.” Plus unlike, say, Coca-Cola’s bid for the LGBTQ dollar with their inclusive Super Bowl ad that reached a large mixed audience, this “limited edition” Whopper is basically preaching to the choir by only making itself available at San Francisco’s Market Street location. (A location I’m familiar with because it’s one of the only public bathrooms in the area.)
Machado told USA Today that the Proud Whopper “showcases who we are as a brand” and “shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression.” Apparently Burger King was one of many corporate sponsors of this year’s Pride Parade in San Francisco, marking the first time the chain has sponsored a Pride Event in the United States. Apparently Burger King has sponsored Pride Events overseas, however, making it plainly obvious that they’re more interested in jumping in when a thing becomes popular and trendy rather than genuinely blazing any new trails.
This morning the commercial described by the press release as a “digital film” was released. The child near the end of the promotional video was placed there, I think, to make me cry and think about a big bright future for gay families eating inclusive Whoppers, but it made me want to cry for a totally different reason than Burger King wants me to cry. It made me want to cry because kids developing any kind of positive association with a Whopper is really f*cking sad. See for yourself:
The video made me think of Burger King’s 2008 “Whopper Virgin” campaign, which also used “underprivileged” (by colonialist standards) people to push its product, albeit in a far more exploitative fashion than we’re seeing with this. The commercial asked rural Romanian farmers, Thai villagers and residents of Greenland’s icy tundra who’d never had a hamburger before to try a Big Mac and a Whopper and declare a favorite. At the time, Brian Morrissey of Adfreak declared the ads “embarrassing and emblematic of how ignorant Americans still seem to the rest of the world.” “Whopper Virgins” is hardly the company’s only advertising misstep — they’ve also repeatedly peddled in racism and misogyny to sell their products around the world.
Regardless, even the “we are all the same inside” concept itself feels poorly conceived. We shouldn’t have to prove that we’re “all the same inside” in order to obtain equal rights and respect. Instead we should all learn to value that even people who are different from us are worthy of humane treatment. Also, do you really wanna think about what’s inside a Whopper? If one adds fries to that calorically-dense sandwich, one could exceed one’s entire daily allotment of fat and saturated fat in a single sitting while consuming almost nothing of nutritional value!
As I wrote in the Chick-Fil-A piece, what can distinguish queer politics from mainstream politics is that our “outsider” status should enable us to more readily question dominant culture and advocate for disenfranchised and mistreated humans (and animals). The fast food industry is one of the most exploitative industries in the history of the world, and Burger King itself has been the subject of many lawsuits and campaigns for offenses including serving carcinogen-containing grilled chicken, selling beef that contained horse meat and patronizing a dairy farm that tortured its animals.
However, I was surprised to learn that unlike Chick-Fil-A, Burger King has, in response to such controversies and others, become a bit of an industry leader when it comes to seeking out ethical meat suppliers. (The fast food industry’s support of factory farms is one of its most egregious sins.) Under pressure from organizations like PETA, Burger King in 2007 announced that it’d begin phasing in suppliers who did not cage their animals and by 2012 was using 100% cage-free eggs, as well as pledging to eliminate battery cages and gestation crates from its U.S. supply chain. (A move which still raised a lot of questions and doesn’t address problematic environmental practices of its fruit and vegetable suppliers, such as monocropping.) McDonald’s and Wendy’s have since made similar pledges. In 2013, The Humane Society of the United States gave Burger King its “Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award” for “the company’s work to end the extreme confinement of farm animals in small crates and cages.” The Food policy director for The Humane Society proudly declared that “for more than a decade, Burger King has been a leader in improving farm animal welfare by working to eliminate some of the worst factory farming practices from its supply chain.”
That being said, we’re still looking at a deeply troubling system of food distribution, even if Burger King is sourcing mainly from farms with ethical practices and encouraging their current suppliers to change their ways. Any time a corporation of Burger King’s size gets involved with local economies, they gain the power to wield Wal-Mart-esque pressure on its suppliers to keep their prices low, which impacts the economic health of the farmers themselves. (In fact, Wal-Mart’s new organics line already threatens to undermine organic farming’s basic principles and operating practices.) And although Burger King’s support of relatively ethical farming practices is definitely a huge step in the right direction that will inspire major change in the farming industry, it’s still not fixing the underlying issue or the larger systemic problem of Americans’ lack of access to affordable fresh and healthy food. Instead of working collectively to get fresh and healthy food into the hands of ordinary citizens, Burger King is buying it themselves at reduced rates, injecting it with preservatives and chemicals, frying it and selling it back to us in highly caloric nutritionally void Value Meals. Worse still, it’s selling it to children.
There’s one last case to be made for The Proud Whopper, which is that all Proud Whopper sandwich sales will be donated to The Burger King McLamore Foundation for “scholarships benefiting LGBT high school seniors graduating in spring 2015.” (The Foundation website doesn’t indicate that the scholarships benefit LGBT students directly, so it’s unclear how that will play out.) This is undoubtedly a worthy cause. But it does remain unfortunate that Burger King is offering scholarships to underprivileged kids with one hand while aggressively encouraging them to consume unhealthy food produced by an industry that historically exploits poor communities with the other. As the fast food strikes of the past year have drawn attention to, low pay for fast food workers is crippling families and individuals all over the country, most of whom must rely on food stamps to survive even if they’re employed full-time. Undoubtedly, many recipients of McLamore Foundation Scholarships need those scholarships because their parents work at fast food restaurants that don’t pay them enough to start a college fund. Meanwhile, fast food lobbies overwhelmingly support Republican candidates who push favorable legislation forward that enables them to underpay their employees while overpaying CEOs and “gag” activists who attempt to expose mistreatment of animals.
Ultimately, though, the Proud Whopper’s most egregious sin seems to be that it’s really weird and tacky, like something your well-intentioned Mom might pick up at Odd Lots to show you that she supports your “lifestyle.” Perhaps in the future, Burger King could better serve the LGBTQ community by paying its workers a living wage rather than providing a small portion of customers with a large onion-scented paper rainbow covered in ketchup. Just an idea.
Start Thinking Right
There’s this narrative that conservatives and Republicans favor the big rich guy and the corporations and that liberals and Democrats favor the little, poor guy and the workers.
It’s a complete lie and if you believe that crap, you are stupid.
As usual, there are multiple stories to disprove this easily refutable lie.
Allow me to preface story one by pointing out that Warren Buffett is the poster-boy for rampant liberal hypocrisy. The man is a tax-dodging advocate for Obama’s tax and spend policies. He’s a guy who says other people ought to pay high taxes while HE DOESN’T PAY THE TAXES HE OWES, LET ALONG THE HIGHER TAXES HE SAYS HE’S WILLING TO PAY.
And Burger King is a liberal, liberal, liberal corporation:
Burger King Reveals The Gay Pride Whopper
July 2, 2014 | Filed under: Good News,Politics,Top Stories | Posted by: Cheston Catalano
The “Proud Whopper” to celebrate gay pride, will be in a rainbow wrap.
Burger King released a short film Wednesday on YouTube featuring patrons’ reactions when opening the new burger, offered during San Francisco’s Pride Parade Sunday, June 29. The burger appears different on the outside, but soon enough customers realize it’s the same Whopper the fast-food chain has been selling for years. Once unwrapped, the words “We are all the same inside” are revealed on the wrapper.
“I cried in there because I was overwhelmed,” one patron said in the video. “A burger has never made me cry before.”
“Have it your way” has been changed to “Be your way.”
God knows what that “patron” is talking about. That sodomy burger makes Him cry, too.
I have never walked through the doors of a Burger Queen since, for the record. If conservatives started to boycott liberal companies the way liberals target conservative businesses, there would be a truce right quick in the boycott industry. But as it is, liberals are free to target any business they don’t like for doing anything they don’t like that business doing, while conservatives stand on the “principle” of allowing businesses to do what they want. With the result being that our businesses are naked and exposed and quickly fold while the rest of the businesses realize that they had better get in bed with the rabid left because it won’t cost them anything to do so and it will cost them dearly if they don’t.
So here’s überliberal hypocrite Warren Buffett leading überliberal Burger Queen into the very sort of inversion tax dodge that liberals claim they hate:
Burger King and Warren Buffett under fire for Tim Hortons deal
By Jim Puzzanghera, Shan Li contact the reporters
August 26, 2014, 7:35 PM
Burger King’s $11.4-billion deal for Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc. — with a new headquarters in Canada — sparked calls for a boycott and criticism of billionaire Warren Buffett, who is helping to finance the merger..
The latest in a series of corporate offshore tax-reducing moves, known as inversions, also puts the Obama administration in a difficult spot as it tries to stem the flow of U.S. companies moving to countries such as Canada with lower tax rates.
“I’ve eaten my last Whopper,” Oscar G. Echeverría of Irvine vowed Tuesday in one of dozens of negative comments about the deal on Burger King’s Facebook page.
Alejandra Aguilar, 35, of East Los Angeles said she planned to stop going to Burger King, where she eats once or twice a month.
“If that goes through, especially if it means the loss of money and jobs in the U.S., I would definitely boycott them,” said Aguilar, who works as a distributor for a beauty company. “I would, even though I love the little burgers.”
Burger King Worldwide Inc. executives said the move to create a corporate holding company in Canada was not a tax dodge. Instead, they said, it was justified because Canada would be the new company’s largest market. They noted that Burger King would remain a stand-alone brand with its headquarters still in Miami.
The outrage over another corporation moving out of the U.S. normally would fuel President Obama’s recent efforts to tighten restrictions on inversions. But the role of Obama ally Buffett, whose firm is investing $3 billion to finance the deal, muddled the message for the administration.
Buffett has been a staunch advocate of companies and citizens paying their fair share of taxes — so much so that the administration’s proposal to force millionaires to pay the same share of their income in taxes as middle-class families is known as the Buffett Rule.
But on Tuesday, Buffett was criticized as a hypocrite even though he echoed Burger King’s comments that the move was not done to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
“It has to be twisting the White House in messaging and political knots,” said Chris Krueger, a Washington policy analyst with Guggenheim Securities.
“How can you hammer a deal for tax policies when the very person your signature tax policy — the Buffett Rule — is named after is involved and argues that [the deal] is not tax-motivated?” Krueger said.
“The White House cannot paint this as a black-and-white issue, and Buffett’s involvement shows that it is more like 50 shades of gray,” he said.
Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons, creating the world’s third-largest fast-food company, is one of the highest-profile tax inversions so far.
In such a maneuver, which is legal, a U.S. company buys a foreign competitor in a nation with a lower corporate tax rate and shifts its headquarters to that country. As inversions have gained in popularity in recent years, the Obama administration and some congressional Democrats have been pushing for new restrictions.
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Just remember that Warren Buffett is a good shameless hypocrite whore and the Koch brothers are evil and the liberal narrative will remain pristine in unicorn fairy land where every village idiot in the land chants mindless leftist slogans.
The überleftist apologist propaganda mill otherwise known as “the press” is desperately trying to equivocate this story. After all, they tell us, Canada isn’t exactly a tax haven. Well, here’s the thing: the US corporate tax rate is the highest in the damn WORLD. EVERY OTHER PLACE ON EARTH is a damn tax haven compared to Obama’s Socialist States of Amerika.
Okay, next story, same day, same Los Angeles Slimes newspaper, same crony capitalist fascist liberals:
Can Supt. Deasy survive LAUSD’s iPad fiasco?
Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2014, 3:16 PM
So, remember that $1-billion plan to get iPads for each and every Los Angeles Unified student the district has been working on and steadfastly defending for a couple of years now?
Forget about it. The deal is off, creating a new round of L.A. Unified chaos just as another school year begins.
The announcement came just days after the release of emails detailing Supt. John Deasy’s cozy contacts with Apple and curriculum software manufacturer Pearson before they were awarded large contracts.
Deasy, who has denied any improprieties, actually tried to put a positive spin on the long-running fiasco when he announced that the deal with Apple was kaput. The decision, he said in a memo to school board members Monday night, will “enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances.… We will incorporate the lessons learned from the original procurement process….”
You’d think all had gone according to plan, but make no mistake:
Despite the upbeat, moving-on tone of that message, the Deasy pullback is a defining moment in his tenure. It was nothing short of a forced surrender to critics who have argued for months that Deasy charged ahead on the iPad project as if he knew best and everyone else’s job was to get out of the way.
And what did that get us? A commitment to spend tens of millions of dollars on pricey tablets and on software programs that hadn’t even been developed.
And the iPad fiasco is not the only problem bearing down on Deasy.
He’s got a newly radicalized teachers union calling for his scalp in the middle of contract negotiations. The two sides are miles apart on a range of issues, including salaries, teacher evaluations and the ever-rancorous philosophical divide over the corporate and nonprofit influences on public education.
He’s potentially lost his reliable majority on the school board with the election of George McKenna to an open seat.
He’s got the possibility of a new round of investigations into the Apple/Pearson deals by the L.A. Unified inspector general because of the emails.
And the school district, which years ago ditched a disastrous $120-million computerized student tracking system, is now trying to figure out how to fix persistent problems with the new $20-million system that replaced it. Early glitches have sent some parents and teachers into a tizzy over ridiculously large class sizes and misplaced transcripts, among other mishaps, and Jefferson High students staged a sit-in.
But getting back to iPads, Deasy’s white-flag moment follows not only the email release, but also comes in the wake of a damning report on the bidding process by an L.A. Unified technology committee. A draft, obtained last week by my colleague Howard Blume, covered what critics have been telling me and others for more than a year — that the rules of the bidding process appeared to benefit Apple and Pearson, and that there was at least an appearance of a conflict of interest on the district’s part.
And the emails really make you want to hold your nose.
“I believe we would have to make sure that your bid is the lowest one,” now-departed Deasy deputy Jaime Aquino wrote to Pearson in May 2012, two years before the contract was approved.
Aquino, if you have forgotten, had been an executive with a Pearson affiliate prior to heading up Deasy’s tech implementation plan.
Deasy — who graciously appeared in a promotional video for iPads before the contracts were awarded — later jumped in on that same email conversation.
“Understand your points and we need to work together on this quickly,” wrote Deasy, later adding he did not want to lose “an amazing opportunity.”
Deasy maintains that the emails were not about the larger, $1-billion tech plan but about “a pilot program we did at several schools months before we decided to do a large-scale implementation.”
Even if you believe that, along with Deasy’s claim that “nothing was done in any inappropriate way whatsoever,” his contact with Apple and Pearson raises countless questions about whether a legitimate bidding process was ever an objective.
“You should make every bidder think they have a slim chance of getting the job,” said Stuart Magruder, the school bond oversight committee member who briefly lost his post for asking too many questions about all of this. Deasy “didn’t do that. He created an environment where Apple and Pearson probably didn’t have to be as creative as they could have been.”
Or as thrifty. As Magruder noted, the district agreed to a far higher cost per device than what other districts were paying. Magruder also argued that he believes the main objective with digital devices has always been to facilitate more test-taking rather than better teaching and deeper, more meaningful learning experiences for students.
“There are all of these adults fighting among themselves and doing nothing to actually get the kids educated,” Magruder said. “And so many skirmishes between us seem to drive more skirmishes.”
So here we are, back to square one after a couple of wasted years, with Deasy calling for the process to begin all over again. It’s almost as if now he’s in a hurry to make everyone forget the past.
But it remains to be seen whether the superintendent, having lost a great deal of credibility, can survive the political fallout and learn enough from his blunders to lead the way more capably.
“I think that John Deasy lives by the sword and suffers by the sword of urgency,” L.A. Unified board member Steve Zimmer said. “I wouldn’t want him to not be urgent, and not be impatient, but sometimes there’s a cost to that.”
So, yeah. An überleftist crony capitalist fascist liberal school superintendent from one of the most radically liberal cities on EARTH is caught pretty much red-handed committing about every sort of fraud known to man. And he did it with YOUR tax dollars. Because THAT’S what liberalism does.
You need to understand: according to liberalism, it’s evil when a business wants to keep more of its own money rather than pay it out to big government liberals in the form of the highest tax rate on the planet. Well, unless it’s LIBERALS doing it, which they do every damn bit as much as the people the constantly demonize and slander. But it’s perfectly FINE when liberals take that giant stash of money they looted from all the businesses they forced to pay all those taxes and “invest it” – crony capitalist fascist liberal style – on their politically-engineered boondoggle.
Mind you, those paragraphs at the beginning of the above article pretty much represent the entire disgraced presidency of Barack Obama. Let’s just replace the name “Deasy” with the name “Obama” and try it for size:
Obama, who has denied any improprieties, actually tried to put a positive spin on the long-running fiasco when he announced that his cut-and-run from Iraq and then from Libya and then from Syria was kaput. The decision, he said in his 400th damn campaign fundraiser to his rabid ideological communist supporters Monday night, will “enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing “fundamental transformation of the United States of America”.… We will incorporate the lessons learned from the original cut-and-run while we redefine terrorism process….”
You’d think all had gone according to plan, but make no mistake:
Despite the upbeat, moving-on tone of that message, the Obama pullback is a defining moment in his tenure. It was nothing short of a forced surrender to critics who have argued for months that Obama charged ahead on the self-suicidal liberalism project as if he knew best and everyone else’s job was to get out of the way.
And if that disaster computer system doesn’t remind you of the disaster ObamaCare computer system, you are too far beneath the term “idiot” to describe in human terms. You need to be described in single-celled amoeba terms of being capable of anything only when some leftist slogan stimulates you.
If you think I’m being in any way, shape or form unfair to Obama, read this article here that documents the TRUTH about OBAMA’S strategy to completely pull out of Iraq going all the way back to February 2009. The military desperately wanted to remain to prevent the forfeiture of everything they’d fought for. Obama demanded that America cut and run instead. Then read the paragraph that says, “Petraeus was visibly unhappy when he left the Oval Office, according to one of the sources. A White House staffer present at the meeting was quoted by the source as saying, “Petraeus made the mistake of thinking he was still dealing with George Bush instead of with Barack Obama.” Do it Obama’s way until the obvious fiasco happens and then watch him blame everybody else. Obama overrode ALL his generals regarding his now-proven idiotic decision to completely abandon Iraq after all the work America had done to secure the country. Just as Obama would later disregard his ENTIRE national security team when it came to abandoning Syria to terrorists who ultimately exploited Obama’s weak abandonment of Iraq and seized a 36,000 square mile caliphate for themselves.
That’s who liberals are at every turn and in every way. In the spirit of Romans chapter one – which fits liberals to a “T” – they profess themselves to be wise, but in reality they are utter FOOLS.
And If you still think that liberals are one iota more willing to pay income taxes than conservatives, and if you’re NOT a mindless ideologically leftist moron who is as incapable of comprehending basic reality than a cockroach, just do some reading on green energy liberals and Hollywood liberals and liberals in basically every industry under the sun who lavish themselves with tax breaks at every possible turn.
I live in the California desert, and frankly if I had just one damn penny for every phone call I keep receiving from some leftist “green” business trying to capitalize on Obama green energy boondoggles to install subsidized solar energy panels “at no cost to you,” I’d be so filthy rich I’D BE THE ONE BUYING TIM HORTONS instead of Warren Buffett and Burger Queen.
The left has had a strangehold on our education system – both public schools and colleges and universities – for several generations now. And they have made America dumber and dumber and dumber and less and less and less religious. And now its no accident that we’re stupid enough to believe damn well anything.
When the Antichrist comes to take over what liberals started, he’ll have a ready-made population to manipulate with the same sort of lies that liberals have been beaming into the skulls of moral imbeciles since the 1960s.
And one of the core lies is and will continue to remain the lie that liberals only want to help you and conservatives only want to hurt you. When if anything its the other damn way around.
Or how about this “little guy” that liberal Democrats love to give your money to: big labor unions. The same day and again in the same Los Angeles Times there is an acknowledgement that DEMOCRATS are responsible for stacking the deck against taxpayers and loading up the pension boards with liberal union members who override and outvote the taxpayers again and again and again while cities across the nation go bankrupt. When Gov. Brown tried to enact a “modest pension reform measure,” the union-packed board made it meaningless and “The state’s overwhelmingly Democratic legislature refused” to prevent the outright ROBBERY of the taxpayers.
So when somebody tells you that Democrats care about the little guy, it wouldn’t be the least bit inappropriate of you to just start urinating right in their face.