August 19, 2010
In the heat of the summer, tensions are running high all across the globe. A controversial mosque at Ground Zero. Iran developing nukes. Greece going broke. And...some French comic book character eating a "Royale with cheese."
A new McDonald's ad featuring Gallic champion Asterix enjoying a burger and fries has sparked outrage among French comic purists who see it as an insult to their national heritage.
The billboard shows the fearless Gaul and friends celebrating their traditional banquet at the fast-food chain -- with Cacofonix the bard tied to a tree outside as usual.
"My childhood hero sacrificed like a wild boar! What next? Tintin eating at Subway?" said one horrified blogger called sirchmallow.
"How ironic, the indomitable Gauls making an advert for the invaders," was another outraged comment on Twitter.
Um, "invaders"? I was unaware that McDonalds had been sold to the Germans.
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