Shortly after Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud relieved now-former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of his post and replaced him by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, McDonald’s in Saudi Arabia released a full-page advert to pay homage to King Salman and the crown prince.
Yes, that happened.
The bizarre ad reads, “We renew our allegiance and obedience for his royal highness, the servant of the two holy mosques, King Salman the son of Abdulaziz Al Saud and we support Amir Mohammed bin Salman, his son, to become Minister of Defense and Prime Minster and to be nominated as successor.”
It also added, “May God give him wisdom and equip him to rule his kingdom with peace and prosperity, McDonald's.”
As if that tribute was not enough, the U.S.-based eatery doubled down on its praises by tweeting a picture of the new crowned prince.
Domino's in Saudi Arabia quickly followed suit:
Burger King also refused to be left behind:
The reaction on social media summed it up rather nicely:
There's something hilarious to me about McDonalds paying homage to the crown prince of KSA but in a light my hair on fire kind of way pic.twitter.com/1ShtCRf0t9— Boyd Beaver (@McJebuswalkz) June 22, 2017
Saudi Arabia apparently has a few weird customs and traditions when it comes to pledging allegiance to new rulers.
For instance, this recently resurfaced clip from 2015 shows Saudis pledging allegiance to King Salman by shaking hands with cardboard cutouts of he and the two heirs to the throne.
I can't wait to see Saudis pledging allegiance to new Crown Prince by shaking the hand of a poster. pic.twitter.com/IX5dApBnAE— Bassem (@BBassem7) June 21, 2017
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