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Dec 4, 2008 12:51 PM

Has anyone else seen this commercial? It is heartbreaking. Burger King goes to a small thai village and makes them taste hamburgers. The voice over talks about how this culture doesnt even have a word for hamburger in their language in an amazed voice. This is the problem with our food culture on the US. The majority of the population thinks you are missing out if you dont eat Whoppers!

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  1. I have seen it - really stupid. One can only hope the get enough flak for it to finally pull it!

    And you might want to fix your subject line - there is no website with that address - add an "S" to the name.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      I assume the Whopper wins, but against what competition?

      1. re: Ericandblueboy

        What else? Mickey D's Big Mac.

        "To find out about America's favorite burger, we had to leave America," proclaims the site, which this weekend will premiere a documentary depicting the world's "Whopper Virgins," who apparently include Thai villagers and Transylvanian farmers, taking their first-ever bite of burger.

    2. Hey, us folks in the "real" America demand fair play. Where is the Thai ad for "dog eating" ? Adam

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      1. re: adamshoe

        I don't think dog is considered a food item in Thai cuisine...

        1. re: bulavinaka

          during my 1st trip to thailand in '87 in villages in the northeast we were told "white dog is #1 dog." they were not talking about racing......

      2. Maybe we're the virgins. What do you suppose would happen if someone brought a kow sai or a green papaya salad or pad se yew to a little town in Arkansas? Imagine how amazed the voiceover would be about the reaction of the poor ignorant natives and what they were missing.

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        1. re: chicgail

          I agree. And this American loves green papaya salad! It's a diplorable commercial.

        2. It's not heartbreaking... the Thais are probably laughing at us!.

          Chiang Mai must be the #2 place to visit for international travelers to Thailand - unless they are heading straight to the southern beaches. It's chock full of eateries catering to foreign travelers... Spanish, French, Med, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Italian, German, American, Brit, Japanese, etc. and several burger serving places. It's mostly nothing great given their attention to the budget crowd, but pretty damn diverse given the region's location and size.

          I did a big trip trekking through to the various hilltribes in very remote areas. They all had Coca Cola... but not Whoppers. They weren't ignorant of burgers. It's simply kind of hard to source or deliver fresh buns, ground beef, lettuce, pickles, potatos, American cheese, etc in a remote area of Southeast Asia.

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          1. re: tastyjon

            Consider that the Thais are not ignorant of burgers; they just don't especially want them.

            1. re: chicgail

              What makes you think Thais don't want burgers? MacDonald's big in many Asian countries. I'm sure BK didn't jam burgers down people's throat involuntarily. They probably all volunteered to eat BK and Mickey D burgers and were compensated on top of that. Has the Thai government raised any sort of fuss over this?

              1. re: Ericandblueboy

                I'm hardly an expert, but I haven't seen any fuss about burgers in Thailand -- McD or BK -- but I would figure that if hamburgers were in demand in Thailand, you'd see them being sold in some of those ubiquitous food carts that line the streets of Bangkok, Chaing Mai and other cities in Thailand.

                1. re: chicgail

                  They've got burgers, mostly in the places catering to Westerners. Heck, Chiang Mai is a big desitnation for tourists, with little eateries offering grub from every major country/region. But Thailand isn't really cattle country. In fact I can only recall seeing one cow anywhere... but plenty of water buffalo, who don't mind standing in muddy rice fields as much. So if one wants to open a Burker King in northern Thailand, it'll cost a fortune, logistically, to keep it supplied.

                  It's all rather silly and absurd, and the Thais are probably laughing more at us. It's like going to Nepal and seeing if they prefer Red Lobster over Joe's Crab Shack.

          2. Karma always pays back sooner or later.