Millennials—Empty Heads, Empty Stomachs


In the third season premiere of Rick and Morty, the character of Rick is shown to be obsessed with “that Mulan McNuggets sauce.” This was in reference to Szechuan teriyaki dipping sauce that was offered in McDonald’s happy meals to coincide with the release of Disney’s Mulan in June 1998. McDonald’s sought to capitalize on the free publicity by offering a limited edition of the sauce with containers branded for the event, but they severely underestimated the demand. In California, police were called when hundreds in line at one McDonald’s “became rowdy” when it was revealed that the location only had 20 packets of the sauce and some posters to give out. Some have claimed that they waited in line for hours for their children to receive the special sauce, but it is worth noting that Rick and Morty is rated TV-14 and every picture of crowds waiting in line shows a sea of 20-somethings, not parents with their children. Some went so far as to dress up as characters and then subsequently called for a boycott when they did not receive any sauce.

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