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Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
Rick and Morty co-creator jokes: “I wouldn’t wish that show’s fans on any fast-food restaurant"
Watch Dan Harmon respond to the McDonald's Szechuan sauce debacle, pointing out that he and the show had no connection with the promotion.
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 10:28PM EST
Why did McDonald's release a podcast devoted to its Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce debacle?
The three-part The Sauce podcast was released to coincide with McDonald's re-release of its Szechuan sauce. But why would McDonald's be interested in looking back at the debacle? "Good is fulfilling the promise we made to our guests," says Jano Cabrera, senior vice president of corporate relations at McDonald’s. "Better is doing so by acknowledging and apologizing for our mistake in an open, honest and transparent way. Best? To do all of that in a creative way and hence, podcast."
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 2:24PM EST
McDonald's is bringing back Szechuan sauce for Rick and Morty fans
Starting Monday, McDonald's will have a 20-million packet supply of the sauce popular with fans of the Adult Swim series. A one-day promo last October resulted in long lines and disappointment for some Rick and Morty fans.
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 10:15PM EDT
Rick and Morty fans’ Szechuan sauce meltdown shines a light on toxic fandom
As Aja Romano notes, “one especially vocal subset of the Rick and Morty fan base comprises a perfect storm of insular geek culture and trolling.” Romano adds that as the McDonald’s debacle shows, “it has undeniably gotten more difficult, in recent years, to detangle modern geek culture and fandom from the toxic substrains of nihilism, entitlement, trolling, misogyny, and often a general lack of empathy that fuel its darkest corners.” ALSO: McDonald’s customer sells nuggets dipped in Szechuan sauce for $10 apiece.
Posted Monday 10/09/17 at 3:47PM EDT
McDonald’s Szechuan sauce debacle proves how Rick and Morty fans don’t understand the show
The Season 3 dipping sauce joke from Season 3 “flew right over the heads of some of the show’s biggest fans, and McDonald’s stepped right up to take advantage of this fact,” says Ben Kuchera, commenting on the brouhaha over Szechuan sauce. He adds: “Rick and Morty superfans, the ones who are giving the rest of us a bad reputation, like to 'joke' about how you have to be smart to understand the show while proving over and over again that they don’t understand the show. Rick wasn’t saying the sauce was important, he was saying that nothing is important. Why not destroy a family over a sauce? Why do or don’t do anything? The fans responded by giving the subject of that joke an absurd amount of importance in their lives. They felt real anger over not getting their sauce, and they don’t mind taking it out on McDonald’s.”
- Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland: “We had nothing to do with this McDonald's stuff. Not happy w/how this was handled”
- McDonald’s responds to outcry by promising that Szechuan sauce will be back this winter
- This fiasco was an absolute embarrassment for everybody involved
- This will hurt Rick and Morty more than it will hurt McDonald's
Rick and Morty fans are going to war with each other over Szechuan sauce
- Police responded as an angry crowd chanted “we want sauce!”
The Szechuan sauce was selling for as much as $1,000 on eBay
Posted Sunday 10/08/17 at 2:43AM EDT
Rick and Morty fans created long lines for Szechuan sauce — and McDonald’s wasn’t ready to meet the demand
Many McDonald’s locations that had announced the Szechuan sauce promotion didn’t have any, or ran out early. “Very disappointed with @McDonalds and Szechuan sauce disaster,” one Rick and Morty fan tweeted. Another fan complained: “I’m sauceless!” Others who weren’t aware of the promotion were baffled by the long lines. In Florida, police had to be called out to calm upset Rick and Morty fans.
Posted Friday 10/06/17 at 10:24PM EDT
Read a review of McDonald’s Rick and Morty Szechuan Sauce
The restaurant chain still hasn’t acknowledged any connection between the Adult Swim series and Saturday’s limited availability of its now-famous Szechuan Sauce.
Posted Monday 10/02/17 at 6:58AM EDT
Thanks to Rick and Morty fans, McDonald’s is bringing back its famous Szechuan sauce for one day only
On Oct. 7, McDonald’s will offer the Szechuan sauce following a fan campaign that began with a joke in the Season 3 premiere. ALSO: Rick and Morty fans were taken aback by the abrupt end of the season.