Some McDonald’s Franchises Don’t Want To Promote The Cardi B And Offset Meal
Two weeks ago on Valentine’s Day, McDonald’s started selling the Cardi B and Offset Meal in honor of, you guessed it, Cardi B and Offset. Together, the couple is shilling this meal bundle, which allegedly includes their favorite Mickey D’s menu items. I say “allegedly” because my go-to McDonald’s meal is so disgusting, so shameful, so incredibly sauce-filled, that I would totally make up a fake one for the promotion. Anywho, McDonald’s is promoting the bundle as a special date night meal. But, according to The Wall Street Journal (via The Takeout), some McDonald’s franchisees don’t want to promote it. They seem to believe that Cardi and Offset’s “lyrics and lifestyle” don’t reflect “the company’s values.” Wait… so strip club brawls, wet ass pussies, and serial cheating is considered worse than the Hamburglar? A wanted criminal addicted to hamburglary??
First, you need to know exactly what’s in the Cardi B and Offset Meal: a cheeseburger, side of BBQ sauce, and large Coca-Cola (those are Cardi’s faves), and a Quarter Pounder with Cheese and large Hi-C Orange Lavaburst (courtesy of Offset). The order also includes large fries and an apple pie to share.
The Takeout writes that the Wall Street Journal received multiple emails from franchisees who don’t want to be associated with the new Cardi B and Offset Meal because their images aren’t “family-friendly.” They’re even encouraging other franchisees to take down their advertisements. Way harsh, franchisees. The Wall Street Journal had a hard time figuring out exactly how many restaurants are anti-Cardi B and Offset Meal, but most of the complaints seem to come from franchises in “Southeastern and mid-Atlantic states.”
Past celebrity specials have included the BTS Meal, which significantly raised Chicken McNugget sales, and the Travis Scott Meal, which doubled Quarter Pounder sales the first week it was released. Even though that last one was a huge hit (it was a year before the Astroworld tragedy), the Wall Street Journal reported that 65% of American McDonald’s franchisees didn’t support that collaboration when it was first announced.
While some franchisees may not like this latest celebrity meal, McDonald’s claims it’s also received widespread support and good reviews from operators, restaurant crews, and fans. This allegedly includes “record-breaking positivity” on social media the day after Cardi B and Offset’s Super Bowl LVII McDonald’s commercial aired:
My biggest problem with the Cardi B and Offset meal is that it’s a date night meal with just one order of fries. Sharing fries? My date would lose a hand, and I’d be stuck doing community service like Cardi.