It's hard to believe it's real. The bacon-and-cheese-stuffed KFC Double Down made fast-food history by replacing the standard sandwich bun with
two hunks of fried chicken. Introduced nationwide on
Monday, the Double Down has taken America--and the blogosphere--by storm. We may
never be the same. Here's what this all-American sandwich is revealing about society.
Are the Double Down The Awl's David Cho concludes,
"America, we did it! We, like the Double Down, are pretty much exactly
what people think we are." He adds, "What I'd point to as the major flaw
in this sandwich—in its underlying principle, really—is that both
varieties of chicken, particularly the fried, out-muscle and overpower
the rest of the sandwich with the intense taste of saltiness."
- 'Dumbly,' Shockingly Bold
Salon's Francis Lam declares, "the
Double Down, and everybody's peeking-through-covered-eyes reaction to
it, is not about logic. It's about balls. ... The Double-D is so macho,
so deeply, dumbly dude, it's a sandwich for people who want to
take down Michelle Obama in an arm wrestle."
The really funny
thing about the Double Down is not that it exists, not that it's a dare
pretending to be a lunch, but that it would be nothing special if they added
a bun to it. Think about it. It'd be like, "What's that? A double
chicken sandwich? Pffft. Snooze. Any jackass can make a double chicken
sandwich." Somehow, by taking off the processed-food bread, KFC
made this thing look deadly.
- With Inventive Past Behind
Us, Accepting Our Mediocrity Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker suggests Americans
have "accepted" the Double Down in "Much the way the remaining American
Idol contestants accepted the challenge of performing Elvis Presley
songs. ... Me, I respect Elvis in his prime the way I respect
McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese: brilliant American
- Awed, Horrified by Our Own Gluttony The Palm Beach
New Times' John Linn explains, "people
are both incensed and enticed by the egregiousness of a sandwich in
which the buns have been replaced by fried chicken. The fact that it's
filled with both bacon and cheese pushes that button even more."
Recession's Toll on Food Conservative blogger Allahpundit asks if our
spiraling standards have hit a new low. "If tough economic times
tastes in women, isn’t it possible that they influence our tastes
in food too? Without the recession, the Double Down might never have
happened. Silver lining!"
- Deep-Fried Insanity Stephen Colbert had this to say:
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