Wasting no time, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook posted an 87-word "No thanks" on Facebook, spurring critics to call him a wet blanket.
Easterbrook might have replied with one word, "Nuts," like American General Anthony McAuliffe did at the Battle of the Bulge, and proved at least that his company values efficiency.
Branding gurus are unanimous about linking your brand with a cause: just do it. Want to shake down those activist do-gooder Millennials? Wear "capitalism with a conscience" on your sleeve.
But Burger King's cheesy stunt, by sugarcoating a serious issue, shows why you should take gurus' advice with a grain of salt.
Easterbrook's reaction, though sound, isn't savory, either.
The whole episode, in fact, leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
All we are saying, is give peace a rest.