Russia Stuffs her Face with American Eats
One of the most utterly hilarious lies we have heard about the people of Russia is that their taste in food is much better than that of Americans, that they have no interest in American fast food.
How odd, then, to see major stories in both the New York Times and the Moscow Times reporting on the explosive growth of American fast-food franchises in Russia. Subway is poised to overtake McDonald’s in Russia, the MT reports, and it’s not because of lo-cal or vegetarian dining options like those popularized by spokesperson Jared Fogel in the USA. Nope, from Subway Russians demand only sandwiches packed with fatty sausages and other meats.
The extent of Russia’s passion for American junk food is truly breathtaking, as is the extent of Russia’s hypocrisy and mendacity on the subject.
In fact, the NYT reports, Russians are so pathologically obsessed with American eats that they are prepared to pay much, much more for them than Americans do. Though household income is $43,539 on average in the United States and a mere $7,276 in Russia, Russians pay $8.92 on average for a fast-food meal while Americans pay just $6.50. Russians, in other words, pay one-third more in nominal terms than Americans, and since they have six times less income in relative terms they pay double what Americans do to scrarf down a burger.
The NYT reports: “A large “the works” pizza at Papa John’s in the company’s home base of Louisville, Ky., for example, costs $14, compared with $21.62 for the same pizza in Moscow.” Russians have six times less available money than Americans but pay nearly $6 more per pizza to eat the same food. Now that is some greasy grub love!!
The notion that Russians are somehow “above” eating American fast food is, of course, nothing but an embarrassing, hilarious relic of Soviet times – just like Russia’s dictator Vladimir Putin himself. In Soviet times, all sorts of ridiculous lies could freely circulate and be publicly stated because, like the infamous Emperor with his “new clothes,” Russia had no real flow of information and no public introspection.
But now, things are quite different. Now, when offered the opportunity to eat American junk food, Russians grab it and nobody can say otherwise. The myth is utterly exploded. Similarly, long gone is the myth that Russians were the helpless, innocent victims of the Soviet regime. Given the chance, Russians freely allowed a proud KGB spy to take power and strip away their liberty. Russians were complicit in the Soviet atrocity, not its victims.