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As Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza Departs, Fans Protest In Attempt To Save It

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Taco Bell’s farewell tour for the Mexican Pizza has already begun. Some locations have reportedly taken it off of the menu already, and a nationwide departure is expected to happen by November 5th.

As the pizza fades, its most ardent fans are rallying and protesting in a final attempt to keep the Mexican Pizza in restaurants.

r/TacoBell has been set to private. “This sub will remained locked until Taco Bell reverses their decision to remove Mexican Pizzas from the menu.” I suggest checking the discussion at /r/LivingMas (which is also a better Taco Bell sub). from r/fastfood

The Taco Bell subreddit, one of the largest communities of fast food fans the chain has, has privatized and locked out any public-facing posts in protest. “This sub will remain locked until Taco Bell reverses their decision to remove Mexican Pizzas from the menu,” a statement reads on the larger “Fast Food” subreddit.

Additionally, a petition has begun to circulate that highlights the importance of the Mexican Pizza to communities in the country. Started by Krish Jagirdar on Change.org, the “Save The Mexican Pizza” petition has over 65,000 signatures to date.

In Jagirdar’s petition, text states that the Mexican Pizza is “an item loved by many, especially the South Asian community. Losing this item would not only be the loss of one of our favorite foods but a piece of our childhood & heritage as Indian Americans.”

This is something that has been previously explored by Foodbeast Virali Dave, as well as others. The ability to easily go vegetarian on a budget at Taco Bell, not to mention a symmetry in flavors, especially when it came to the hot sauce packets, has made the chain a favorite for South Asian and Indian Americans. A Mexican Pizza, with the beef substituted for beans, was one of the cornerstones of that experience.

For those who felt similar about the entree, losing the Mexican Pizza was more than just seeing another fast food item fall by the wayside, thus the inspired uprising against discontinuing the Mexican Pizza.

As of right now, plans for the pizza to leave menus are still in motion. Even if protests to save it are unsuccessful, however, it could always return as a limited-time offer in the future. Not the same as always being there, I know.

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Cocky Chef Cooks A Deer In Front Of Angry Protesters [WATCH]

With a restaurant name like Antler Kitchen & Bar, this place is almost too easy of a target for animal rights activists.

A group of protesters stood outside the Canadian restaurant owned by Michael Hunter, and it probably wasn’t the type of attention he wanted around his establishment.

Guests inside the restaurant posted videos of the protesters, and seemed more amused than bothered, but Hunter still took a proactive next step to try and shoo away the picketers —a step that probably mortified the activists.

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Hunter grabbed a huge slab of deer meat, laid it on a table near the window where the picketers stood, and just started carving away to cook himself a nice medium-rare steak for dinner.

The protesters, who held signs that read “murder,” and “animals are not ours to use” were visibly and audibly disgusted, claiming that the chef was doing something illegal by prepping the meat in the dining area.

Police officers arrived on scene, probably because there was a large group of people causing a ruckus, but nothing escalated.

The chef ended up finishing his meal, and eating it in front of all the protesters, like a true gangster.

Antler is known for its Canadian wild game meat such as venison, boar, duck, and rabbit, and according to the Daily Meal, reservations have skyrocketed since videos of the incident started circulating.

This isn’t the first time Antler has seen protesters, as animal activists have proudly posted their displeasure in the past.

There is some serious shi.. hellhole out there I could’ve mentioned that @antlerkitchenbar menu looks like a scene from “Hannibal” but that’s not the point. Today while protesting we encountered quite an amount of people saying “Oh, but they’re selling wild meat which they’ve hunted, so it’s sustainable, better for the environment blah, blah, blah” Well, I have some news for you. No one hunted (or should I say “harvested”?) this meat. It’s illegal in Ontario to serve wild game in restaurants, so ALL these deers and boars were actually farmed. Yes, there is such a thing like deer, elk etc. farms and they’re not in any way different than, let’s say, beef farms. Animals are raised there as a livestock and killed for their meat while they’re only 1-2 years old. O, and they also serve rabbits and foie gras. Foie gras, Carl. In 2018. Did I say this place is a hellhole? #antlerkitchenbar #animalabusers

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When asked why he did it, Hunter told the Globe and Mail he was offended by the protesters acts, and decided to simply fight fire with fire.

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Bar’s Makeshift Doormat Insinuates Colin Kaepernick Lynching

As an avid fan of the NFL, when I first saw that Marshawn Lynch was sitting for the national anthem, my biggest fear was that some poor sportscaster would accidentally say, “Lynch, Kaepernick” and it’d be furiously tweeted and turned into a meme. While that didn’t happen, that nightmare “Lynch Kaepernick” scenario ended up happening at a Missouri bar.

S.N.A.F.U. Bar in Lake Ozark, is in a bit of a snafu after owner Jason Burle reportedly tried to make a statement of his own. Burle is a military veteran who fully honors service members in his establishment, while he, along with a lot of his patrons do not fully agree with the NFL players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem.

That’s all fine.

His form of protest, however, looked a little bit racist.

It’s been widely known that Lynch and Colin Kaepernick are two of the more familiar faces in the protests, so Burle bought their jerseys and turned them into makeshift doormats. Entering customers were able to step on them and wipe their feet in in disgust.

Again, that is also fine.

What wasn’t totally fine, was that the way the jerseys were placed, which made it look like it read, “Lynch Kapernick.”

A passerby took a photo of the doormat, and even got in a heated Facebook argument with the owner, but Burle swore he meant no harm.

“They were placed the way they came out of the box,” Burle told KOMU news. “I ordered them together, we pulled them out of the box, and taped them down. There was no ill-intent.”

If that is truly the case, it was some pretty damn unfortunate placement. Burle has since switched the order of the jerseys, as he wanted to still make his statement, but the hateful insinuation is no longer present.

It’s probably best to give Burle the benefit of the doubt, but that was one hell of an accident.

h/t and screenshot from KOMU newscast video

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Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founders Were Just Arrested At The US Capitol

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Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, better known as Ben & Jerry’s have been arrested. The two co-founders of the popular ice cream brand were a part of a protest at the U.S. Capitol regarding money in politics, CNN reports.

The ice cream kingpins, along with about 300 other people, were arrested as part of the group Democracy Awakening’s protest on Monday. They were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding. Pretty much unlawful demonstration.

Before his arrest, Cohen said:

“The history of our country is that nothing happens – until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested.”

Ben & Jerry’s website says that they were arrested for taking part in the protests where they were fighting to make sure “everyone’s voice is heard and the power of the country is returned to its people.”

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Protesters Sling Fries and Mayo at Belgian Prime Minister, Mayo and Fries Upset [Watch]

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The Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, got a surprise snack when he started a speech at a business conference in Namur, Belgium. A few anti-austerity activists threw fries and mayonnaise on Michel in protest of budget cuts and “the criminalization of the poor.”

Michel laughed it off and didn’t press charges against the four women from the organization LililthS, a branch of Femen.

Michel, 39, is the youngest prime minister in the history of the Belgian title and his coalition government has been subject to protests amid a recent announcement of plans. The government plans to raise the retirement age to 67, cancel a typically automatic annual cost-of-living raise, and numerous other austerity measures to cut government spending.

“French” fries with mayonnaise are a Belgian specialty.

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Wage War: Global Fast Food Worker Protest Planned for May 15

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The fight for higher pay for fast food workers continues, as employees and supporters from 150 cities across six continents plan a global protest on May 15, to coincide with demands to increase minimum wage to $15 per hour, over the U.S.’s current $7.25.

At a press conference in Manhattan on Wednesday, organizers from Fast Food Forward, which represents New York’s fast food workers, announced a series of demonstrations at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC locations to occur next week in 33 different countries, from Italy to Argentina. Projected protests include flash mobs, walk-outs, and sit-ins, with an estimated thousands of participants out of the U.S.’s approximate 4 million industry workers, says USA Today.

“We can’t survive on $7.25!” reads a headline on the Fast Food Forward website, which states that the current minimum wage is not enough to allow workers to afford “basic necessities,” such as rent and transportation.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Golden Arches HQ has been prepping for the protests since April and organizing its global and regional security teams nationwide to “monitor the situation.”

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Gays Protest Chick-fil-A

A few dozen Gay Rights activists gathered outside of the newly opened Chick-fil-A location in Hollywood, CA this last Saturday to protest what they call Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay policies. The protesters claim that the company contributes to groups that openly oppose gay rights including Focus on the Family and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Chick-fil-A released the following statement in response to the accusation:

“At Chick-fil-A, we have a genuine commitment to hospitality for all of our guests. We are not anti-anybody and have no agenda, policy or position against anyone as some continue to confuse with misleading reports. We have a 65-year history of providing hospitality for all people and, as a dedicated family business, serving and valuing everyone regardless of their beliefs or opinions. We support a number of organizations that enrich the communities where we serve daily. Some of these organizations are faith-based and marriage focused and others are not. These donations have not been given to support an anti-gay political agenda.”

(Via Hollywood Patch)