Jul 11, 2006

Pirates of the Carribbean, Part 2: Again I ask, 'WTF'?

Today is Dad's birthday. I thought it'd be a nice little present to take him and Mom out to dinner, catch up on things, fill them in with stories about my life, listen to their stories about how they're doing, and what not. I hadn't seen them in a few weeks, and I was starting to miss them. Anyway:

So on the way to the restaurant we decided on (which was freakin' CLOSED, btw, damn you owners for going on vacation on my dad's birthday --- I digress), we passed a McDonald's. Don't judge, they live in the suburbs. And it was here that I saw ... IT.

I can feel the disgust building up in me as I type this. Anyhoo. Hanging from the roof of this McDonald's was a banner that had the Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man Walking (or whatever the hell it's called) "logo" on it, and the words:

Pirates be here

Okay. Those of you who REALLY know me know that --- because of my line of work and because I'm just nerdy like that --- I considered this to be quite an insult - nay, an egregious affront --- to my sensibilities. Pirates BE where? Who? Jigga what? Where they at? Ugh.

This was one of those times where I wished I had one of those freakin' camera phone things, because I so would have captured that image and posted it here for you wonderful people. But instead, here's a link to the "Pirates at Mickey D's" website. Knock yourself out, landlubbers.

What can I say. I'm a giver, not a fighter. Except when it comes to stuff like this.

Now look, I'm savvy enough to know there's plenty of money to be made with this whole cross-marketing "synergy" thing, but seriously, do we need to encourage bad grammar? If the banner said something like, "Ahoy, mateys, avast ye pirates here at Mickey D's" or whatever, fine. At least they tried to sound piratey.



Polt said...

Maybe by using the pirate theme, they're gonna actually put some real fish in thier fish sandwiches?

Well, one can hope...

Laurie said...

LOL @ you again, Mags.

MikeJ said...

You know, McDonald's was also going to do some cross-marketing with "Basic Instinct 2." But the execs wouldn't let them...that movie was rated "Arrrrrrrrgh."

(sorry for littering your blog with stupid puns!)

Preach on about the grammar misuse!

Anonymous said...

I think there may be more in play here than a question of grammar.
The message in my area seems to vary from "Pirates be here" to :Pirates are here" depending on the socioeconomic nature of the neighborhood.