Arby’s recently began running a commercial where retired New York City Police Detective Bo Dietl exposes Subway’s claim that they cut their meat in the back of their restaurants as a lie. Dietl reveals that Subway’s meat is actually cut in a factory in Ohio. Or maybe it was Indiana. I was too shocked at this startling revelation to pay further attention.
In any case, it got me thinking how the fast food industry and politics are basically the same. Think about it. Wendy’s runs commercials stating they have fresh beef that is never frozen and made in the U.S. while other restaurants claim their beef is fresh but have it delivered frozen overseas on a ship. Politicians run ads saying their opponent claims they’re for education but cut funding for schools. Fast food commercials are basically the same as political smear ads. All that’s missing is the “I’m Ronald McDonald and I approve this message” at the end.
It makes sense when you think about it. After all, what are politicians but sales people who want you to eat their Big Mac instead of their opponent’s Whopper? Unless, of course, you’re Anthony Weiner who actually does wants you to eat his Whopper.
The only real difference between fast food commercials and political ads is the fast food ones aren’t as nasty. Yet. One can only wonder how long it will be before we start seeing these fast food commercials:
“Ronald McDonald likes little boys…..and not in the good way.”
“Wendy isn’t really a redhead. If she’s willing to lie about her hair color, what else is she keeping from us?”
“Jack wants you to think he’s just like you. But he doesn’t live in a box, he lives in a mansion.”
“A disgruntled ex-subject reveals what we always suspected about the Burger King: Special orders do upset him.”
At some point the line between the fast food industry and politics will blur until both arenas finally merge. And that’s why I’m already jumping on the bandwagon for Mayor McCheese 2016.