People are too excited about ‘Rick and Morty’



Jacob Womack

Of course I wrote an opinion article on “Rick and Morty.”

What? You thought I would write about the Iran nuclear deal?

No; this is more important.

The Adult Swim animated series “Rick and Morty” has become the poster child of late-2010s pop culture.

And since “Rick and Morty” tossed in a throwaway joke about McDonald’s 1998 Szechuan sauce, that cultural impact of the show has struck more than ever.

Last week, McDonald’s tried to appease “Rick and Morty” fans by bringing back an extremely limited quantity of the sauce for the first customers to arrive on a certain day.

But with each McDonald’s only receiving an average of 20 packets per restaurant, many of which got none at all, “Rick and Morty” fans became livid.

Teenagers staged protests outside McDonald’s locations, and what existed of the Szechuan packets became a more valuable commodity than gold. According to an Oct. 11 Business Insider article, one Michigan man traded his car for one.

Not that this issue has any major implications, but in some ways, it does sort of highlight a bigger problem. Americans have been pretty fond of getting outraged about things they don’t totally understand—healthcare and foreign world powers to name a few.

If we get this triggered about a sauce, how much easier is it to get angry about a headline we see on the news without actually listening to the story? More than that though, I really just wanted to write about “Rick and Morty.”

McDonald’s has said in a statement they are truly sorry for not releasing enough sauce and have promised there will be “enough for everyone” this winter. Then, and only then, can we know whether or not this sauce is worth its hype. And you’d better believe I’m going to go get some.

Jacob Womack is a speech and communication major and can be reached at [email protected].