McDonald's toy causes Saudi heads to explode
Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to crazy Islamists. But this story about a McDonald's Happy Meal toy figurine that some Saudi religious fanatics see the name of the prophet being stepped on is just incredible.
Saudi Arabians are angry at a McDonald's toy which they say mocks their prophet Muhammad. According to a report appearing today (5/27/12) on the Arabic news website, Kermalkom.com, the McDonald's fast food restaurant "abused the Prophet Muhammad by placing his name at the base of a toy that is being distributed as part of the Happy Meal, a toy which steps on the name 'Muhammad.'"
The toy consists of a blue superhero figurine (apparently a Power Ranger Samurai; click here for pictures). It stands on one leg, and, when the lever is pressed, it pounds on the base with the other leg. According to the Saudis, the designs that appear all around the base, where the figurine stomps its foot, is really the name "Muhammad" written several times in circles.
The toy had been distributed a few days before Saudi children and their parents began to take note of the name. Soon thereafter, Saudi Muslims launched several campaigns against McDonald's in "response to the savage attacks on the noble Prophet," under banners like "Help your Prophet!" and "Together in support of the Prophet."
Saudis, "demanding the strongest possible punishment for the restaurant" and insisting that "they will not be silent until this is realized," further complained how such an obvious insult could pass the supervision of the management at McDonalds.
In response, "Saudi McDonald's" has withdrawn the toy from all its restaurants, "in order to safeguard against any accusations or misunderstandings."
Maybe it was able to "pass the supervision" at McDonalds because the drooling fanatics see something that isn't there.
I'd hate to think what the "strongest possible punishment" they might have in mind. Perhaps immersing the manager's hand in the boiling french fry oil. A real torture would be to make them all eat the Filet-o-Fish sandwiches. Or fries that are 3 hours old. Or a Big Mac made by an uninterested 15 year old kid.
No matter. The Religion of Perpetual Outrage will find something else to vent their rage against. Maybe they think the Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel looks too much like the prophet. Or they'll find a hidden message insluting to Islam in a Whopper.
When you are disconnected from reality, the possibilities are endless.