What you are looking may appear to be a picture of some goofy-looking cartoons next to four crappy chicken strips, but it’s much more than that. It’s a symbol of WAR. A war between the bratty fans of the Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty and McDonald’s. A war that almost ended in bloodshed until McDonald’s waved a white flag covered in tangy Szechuan sauce.
The war started back in April after Rick and Morty aired an episode called “The Rickshank Rickdemption,” in which time-traveling scientist Rick Sanchez professed his love for McDonald’s Szechuan sauce, a promotional McNugget dipping sauce made for the 1998 film Mulan. Fans went crazy on the internet, demanding to get their mouths on Szechuan sauce. Two months later, McDonald’s decided to play along by sending Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland a giant jug of the sauce from “the past.” Rick and Morty fans refused to shut up about the sauce, and so McDonald’s decided to release a limited number of Szechuan sauce packets on Saturday.
The only problem was that McDonald’s underestimated what fans with too much time on their hands would do for a tablespoon of Szechuan sauce. Thousands of fans lined up at various locations across the country and waited hours to get their hands on the sauce and a promotional poster. McDonald’s didn’t end up having enough sauce, and the fans turned on them like so many stomachs have turned after binging on Dollar Menu items.
Cops are at Wellington McDonalds where tons of angry people lined up for hrs for Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce only to learn they had none pic.twitter.com/3T272osid4
— Lulu Ramadan (@luluramadan) October 7, 2017
— Ian 👻💀👽 Sikes (@ianjsikes) October 7, 2017
Some Rick and Morty fans got so angry that they threatened to file a class-action lawsuit against McDonald’s. Entertainment Weekly says it’s not going to get to that point, because McDonald’s announced on Sunday that they’ve decided to release more Szechuan sauce.
— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 8, 2017
More Szechuan sauce will arrive this winter. If you can’t wait until then, well don’t worry; it doesn’t sound like you’re missing out on much.
All this over a dipping sauce. But I think I can sort of understand where those Szechuan sauce crazies were coming from. If McDonald’s announced one day that they found a pizza from 1991 under a stack of beef patties in the bottom of a freezer? Let’s just say I would sell my soul and a good portion of my dignity just for the chance to burn the roof of my mouth on one of those deliciously disgusting pizza-style discs again.