So Taco Bell is apparently giving away free tacos for the next seven days. This is fine and good, but of course some people are complaining about it because Taco Bell meat is, basically, about half made of oatmeal.
To which my response is a hearty “so what?” Hey, do you remember those Taco Bell commercials from a couple years ago, where they were promising to fill you up with a massive amount of food for $1.99? Yeah, you remember those, and in fairness Taco Bell did indeed deliver a relatively massive amount of food for said amount of money. Did you really think that it was going to be all-natural premium ingredients? Here’s a quick fun experiment you can do: go to the supermarket and look to see how much a pound of beef costs. Do you think that pound of beef was really going to turn into a profit source for Taco Bell selling tacos from it at dirt-cheap prices? No. No it wasn’t. So what people are complaining about here is that Taco Bell was not able to make meat appear by magic and then sell it.
Of course, what’s even sillier are people proclaiming they will never eat Taco Bell again because the meat has been “adulterated.” These people are acting like oats in the meat somehow poisons it. It is frigging oatmeal. It is basically the healthiest thing in the world. At worst, what Taco Bell has been doing is making vaguely Mexican-flavoured meatloaf, grinding it up, and putting it in their tacos. At best, they’ve been actively improving the flavour and health value of what is, let’s be honest, industrial-grade beef, and making it cheaper for you to eat it at the same time.
This is not me endorsing Taco Bell as a restaurant, because I don’t like Taco Bell much at all. (I do like their fries.) But if you like Taco Bell, I don’t see why you wouldn’t go get yourself a free taco this week, because you apparently liked that until somebody told you you weren’t being a super-awesome carnivore as much as you thought you were.