How a Rick and Morty joke led to a McDonald’s Szechuan sauce controversy /Link
Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty is so popular that it regularly spawns memes that take over the internet, but the show’s fandom has spilled over into real life as the result of a throwaway line about a 19-year-old condiment.
In 1998, as a promotional tie-in for the Disney animated film Mulan, McDonald’s expanded its line of Chicken McNugget dipping options with “Szechuan sauce.” (The film takes place in China during the Han dynasty.) The fast-food chain soon retired the sauce, and seemingly everyone forgot it existed — except for the writers of Rick and Morty, who included an offhand joke about Rick searching for Szechuan sauce in the premiere of the show’s third season.
McDonald’s later drew the ire of a portion of Rick and Morty’s...
Published on 12 Oct 2017 at 05:00PM