McD's Stirring Spoons Remembered Less for Stirring, More for Blow


There's something totally classy about blowing coke up your nose with a McD's coke spoon. It ties you to America somehow, and to cheeseburgers, and to childhood.

In the '70's, McD's strange-looking stirring spoon gets adopted by the white powder cult. Panicked about becoming accomplices in the empire of blow, family-friendly McDonald's discontinues the multi-faceted units.

But this kind of thing doesn't die quietly. Artists Tobias Wong and Ken Courtney bring the hot spoons back - plated in 18k gold, disco-fever style. Pissed at their insolence, McD's released a cease and desist.

Oh come on. It's every fledgling brand's wet dream to be appropriated by some enthusiastic subculture. And who doesn't want the designer drug users (possibly now enthusiastic - and wealthy - pop-art consumers)? They define trendy.

Plus, coke-heads are generally skinnier than the obese protesters long courting the golden arches. They make natural retaliatory press. Getting fat? Forego the baked apple pie for a spoon. It's free! (Magic dust sold separately.)

by Angela Natividad    Feb-19-07   Click to Comment   
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture   

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I remember the mcd spoons as a kid. Which would be the late 80's not the 70's.

Posted by: Karen on February 19, 2007 3:56 PM

Yeah, but what do you remember using them for.
Did you see that bit the other day about every bank note tested in Ireland came up with traces of cocaine... Every single one...
In Ireland... Shit, do you think the Pope knows about this?

Posted by: George Parker on February 20, 2007 11:07 PM

I disseminated those coke-flecked bank notes. They call me the weatherman.

Posted by: Angela Natividad on February 20, 2007 11:36 PM

At least you didn't say...
"Blarney Blow!"

Posted by: George Parker on February 20, 2007 11:38 PM