A Leather Ferrari, a Foie Gras Burger: Why, Why, Why?


Congress is deliberating about cutting $16.5 billion in food aid, forcing as many as three million low-income people off food assistance programs. As Care2 blogger Jeff Fecke writes, the cuts mean that 280,000 children could lose eligibility for free or reduced school lunch and have to gut out their school day with hunger pangs.

Then there’s the folks at a company based in France, DARTZ, who, in the spirit of the “recent matte black craze” (which I for one have been blissfully unaware of) have covered a Ferrari in black leather.

I don’t even know where to start. What can be said aside from asking how many animals died so their skins could be plastered onto a Ferrari just to get that proper matte (not, heavens forbid, shiny as in the photo above) black look?

If an Italian sports car covered in black leather doesn’t strike you as enough of a symbol of how wasteful and materialistic our society has become, there’s the $666 Doucheburger. As Grist’s Jess Zimmerman describes this unnecessary monstrosity served by New York food truck 666 Burger:

..it’s a Kobe beef patty, stuffed with foie gras and covered in gold leaf; topped with caviar, lobster, truffles, kopi luwak (expensive weasel poo) coffee barbecue sauce, and Gruyere “melted with champagne steam” (what even is that); sent to an Ivy League university for four years; and finally married off to the prince of Monaco. This burger is so fancy it knows which fork to use to eat itself.

Not sure about you but I feel queasy just reading that list of ingredients.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has won kudos (and criticism) for his ban on large-size sodas. How about a ban on foie gras in the city too, just as there may soon be for shark’s fin soup in New York state?

Certainly, people are free to do as they will with their wallets and to put “whatever” they wish in their bodies. But with more evidence about how eating less meat can help you shrink your carbon footprint (as will driving a hybrid, instead of a Ferrari), and about how many resources including water are consumed in raising livestock, the waste generated by such “luxury” items as leather-wrapped sports cars and burgers stuffed with foie gras and gold is something none of us can afford.

UPDATE, 10:45pm EST: Business Week interviewed 666 Burger, whose co-owner Frank Aliquo says the Doucheburger is “satirical expression of these burgers that people make and try to sell in all seriousness” — a “tongue in cheek” statement about excesses such as leather-covered Ferraris and all a joke.  What a relief.


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Dale Overall

Fascinating, but since the burger has long since been revealed to be a joke sprung onto unsuspecting persons as mentioned by various people commenting much earlier on so not even the ultra rich pay $666 for the fake concoction then the excess mentioned food wise is a non-existent issue. One could travel to the Heart Attack Cafe for a cheaper version of horrendous excessive fast food horror shows and ponder upon this. Or venture into the food places that offer the meal free if one can dine on humongous fast food portions that would topple most six feet under.

Have heard of Civet coffee going for $30.00/cup made from civets pooping out coffee beans which is appealing to some in their brewed coffee...from a "litter pan" franchise near some! Will these start popping up in California?

As for the car, well beyond my means and most other people's...except the rich of course and they rarely worry about excess as it is just chump change to them. The fate of the world has never really mattered to most of the ultra rich. Can't even visualize their lifestyle it is so beyond mine and most others.

ann p.
.3 years ago

The act of a self centered insecure person who has to show his status through materiel value instead of an act of kindness that defines the character of a great man.
Money wasted on status. A kind word would show a greater picture ..a smile. Ann

Julie H.
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Duane B.
.3 years ago

It seemed like the "666 burger" had to be a joke after they "married it off to the prince of Monaco"!

NO ANY FW to me Rumbak
Ana R3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

Congress needs to start cutting it's own paychecks--yeah right, like THAT'S going to happen!!
Seriously though, how many American children will fail in school now that they have no hope of getting a semblance of proper nutrition?
And what can we do about it?

Lynne B.
Lynne B.3 years ago

I live in a country where people spend thousands on a cup cake that is covered in gold leaf or a gold ipad or computer. More money than sense.

Terri Hughes
Terri Hughes3 years ago

WOW....congress wants to cut $16.5 billion in food aid and thousands of people are starving. How heartless is that? Congress could make cuts somewhere else, there are other places that they could cut back on spending. And these people that have leather cars and fancy food, have more money than they have common sense. All of this is just for show. They are no more important or better than poor people. How could they waste money like this, knowing that there are people starving? They should take some of there money and feed the hungry and give a homeless person, a place to live. I don't see how people like this can sleep at night. And think of all the poor animals that where killed to make cover this car in leather. TRAGIC. Some people don't have any compassion for humans or animals!!!!