After a long night spent sacrificing virgins, head banging, and stage diving at the local Heavy Metal Club, nothing satisfies my hunger quite like goat’s blood. Should there not be any goat’s blood around, I’ll settle for a hamburger from Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, especially if they’re slinging The Ghost, named after the mysterious Swedish metal band Ghost B.C. It’s a 10-ounce burger topped with a red wine reduction and an unconsecrated communion wafer. Plus! It comes with fries…and a whole lotta sacrilicious controversy.
Kuma’s names all of its specialty burgers after metal bands. Ghost B.C. is known for its secretive nature, with its musicians wearing hooded robes while the singer appears in skull makeup and dresses as a Roman Catholic cardinal. Some people have been offended by the burger, Director of Operations Luke Tobias said.
“People have been kind of upset,” he said. “The thing with this is, the communion wafer is unconsecrated, so until that happens, it’s really just a cracker.”
Jeff Young, producer of the Catholic Foodie blog, thought the burger crossed a line.
“It’s not the Eucharist, but it’s still symbolic,” Young said. “For us as Catholics, the Eucharist is more than a symbol, it’s a sacrament. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that symbols aren’t important…It is a mockery of something that is holy. The same thing could be said of the band itself.” (Via)
Did I mention the burger also comes with a pretzel bun, slowly braised goat shoulder, aged white cheddar cheese, and Ghost chile aioli? Between not being able to eat the Ghost or masturbate, Catholicism sounds awful.