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12 November, 2006

Fast Food Nation - Yeah, So What?

Fast Food NationFast Food Nation, the movie, is due to hit theaters November 17, but in limited venues.

My point is, "Yeah, so what?" "Tell us something we don't already know."

Fast Food Nation, which is based on the book of the same name, is woven together as a comedy of sorts, telling the tales of many lives who are affected by America's fast food industry.

It's actually a dark commentary about how many countries of the world have become addicted to fast food, and it's all America's fault. Yes, specifically America's fault. That WE ruined the lives of supposedly healthy people in other countries, and that WE should be held accountable. As if clogged arteries never existed anywhere but in America!

It looks at how fast food is made, with chemicals, artificial flavorings and artificial aromas. There's a spot where a burger executive says the meat is made from cow manure. (Remember, this movie is meant to be funny, but still somewhat of a commentary)

Fast Food Nation even goes on to show how America has turned the lives of immigrants into disasters, showing them working like slaves for corporate burger America. Well, no one forced them to work there!

But is any of this a surprise to us?

Didn't we already know that Big Macs aren't exactly 100% natural ingredients? Didn't we already know that a lot of fast food isn't exactly fine dining? Didn't we already know that Americans wants cheap eats and convenience?

Exactly what is Fast Food Nation trying to tell us that we don't already know?

The way I see it, it's propaganda that preaches to the flock. It doesn't really scare any fast food patrons away. If anything, it will simply bolster those anti-corporate types who might have wavered in recent years.


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Urban Vegan on 11/12/2006 11:05:00 AM said...

I hear you. But I can't wait to see it. I NEVER eat fast food, and I will relish this opportunity to fboost my self esteem ;)

Anonymous said...

Ooh, careful now. Don't you know that daring to criticize FFN will bring you the death (well, boredom) by a thousand trolls? They can't stand any criticism of their sacred text, and now their sacred film. Any attempt to point out that the book or the film is only stating the obvious, or to wonder how anyone could NOT know this stuff, will result in a quick shouting-down.

Sthorne said...

Actually, from the response to FFN the book and Supersize Me, there's a lot of people who don't know about what goes into their food. My students are always flabbergasted when they find out how much fat is in one of hardee's Thickburgers.

ShayShay on 11/14/2006 08:45:00 AM said...

Damn it, now I want a Big Mac! If I walk to McDonald's, will that counteract the calories?

Stratocat on 11/15/2006 03:49:00 PM said...

There are a lot more movie goers than readers out there. I heard that MacDonalds dropped their Supersizing exactly when Supersize Me opened. Now, MacDonalds has quite a salad array.

It's all about PR and its effects on sales. MacDonalds can always improve. I'm no vegan and like a big fat burger now and then, but just because I'm not a vegan, doesn't mean beef quality isn't important. More organic choices are showing up for beef eaters too. We're not morons. FFN helps everyone.

Just because the book was a huge bestseller doesn't mean a large segment of society still doesn't know about it. When was the last time anyone saw a line waiting outside a library? The line at the cinema also does fast food.

The effects could be pretty interesting.

Seann said...

I thought you were kidding. As others have stated a lot of people still are ignorant of the effects fast food has on people. Plus America did have in a hand in creating this whole fast food craze.

patrick on 3/18/2008 10:37:00 AM said...

Fast Food Nation is an impactful movie indeed... just today i passed up a sausage mcmuffin because of it. It's obviously worth passing up fast food for more than health reasons.

Anonymous said...

OH I will tell you that I in fact did stop eating hamburgers after this!! Every time I see a hamburger I want to barf. It only adds to the whole eyeballs as filler theory that's out there! Between the two it makes me sick. Besides the fact that I used to be a vegetarian! This makes me not want to eat meat at all...
It's been 2 years since I've wanted a hamburger...

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