It's been called "the burger that horrified the internet," but McDonald's says its limited edition Modern China burger, complete with grey buns, is selling just fine.
In a region where brightly colored fast food burger buns are commonplace - KFC China launched a pink bun in August, while Burger King Japan has done black, and orange, green and yellow can be found at many regular burger joints - the Modern China burger has attracted attention for what commentators described as its particularly unappetizing hue.
Kinder reviewers dubbed the bun "silver," others called it "industrial" and granite-like, while Time Out Beijing likened it to the clouds of pollution that often hang over the Chinese capital and news site Shanghaiist.com called it "horrifying."
Time magazine, meanwhile, chronicled the online reaction in a story describing "the new grey burger that horrifies the internet."
(In fairness, Time Out Beijing's reviewers also wrote that they loved the burger's Sichuan pepper ketchup and decided overall that the Modern China burger was "surprisingly palatable.")