Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Give A Hoot, Don't Pollute
I bet you thought this was going to be yet another rant about the environment. Well, you'd be wrong. Mostly, anyway.

It is a pollution of a sort - the cultural kind. For you fans of foreign Americanization, McDonald's and Starbucks were just baby steps.

Now, years later, we have a medium-sized leap: Hooters has moved into town. Yes, you heard right. Hooters. In China. It may seem like an oxymoron to some, but then again, there it is.

I'll grant you, their wings recipe is hard to beat. However, the Beijing Hooters seems to be lacking in, well, actual “hooters.” It seems most Chinese think the name Hooters is some sort of reference to owls. I guess subtle, witty, double-entendre English-language humor just isn’t their bag.

The giant orange Hooters monstrosity has found a home for itself on the second floor of a small strip center, with a prime location smack dab between the Worker's Stadium and Sanlitun Bar Street – two extremely popular western nightspot locations - so they will probably draw in pretty good business.

At least one upside? Finally, men in China can stop lying to their wives and girlfriends: for once, it really WILL just be the food...
posted by Rachel @ 11:39 AM  
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