That time Buffy the Vampire Slayer got herself banned from McDonald's

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Aug 28, 2013

She can fight vampires, werewolves and demons, but when it comes to fast-food corporations, it turns out Buffy's all thumbs. 

So here's a fun time-capsule story that wound up finding relevance again. In 1981, Buffy actor Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in a Burger King commercial. The ad was a pretty serious dig at competitor, McDonald's. Take a look.

While Gellar is pretty adorable, McDonald's was very angry. In fact, they were so upset that they sued Burger King and a certain little girl, too. According to Gellar, "When I was five I did a commercial for Burger King. McDonald's were so outraged, they sued Burger King and named me in the lawsuit. I wasn't allowed to eat there. It was tough because, when you're a little kid, McDonald’s is where all your friends have their birthday parties, so I missed out on a lot of apple pies."

So why is this relevant now? Well it turns out that in the pilot episode of Gellar's (and Robin Williams') new show, The Crazy Ones, a major plot point is that they're about to lose McDonald's as their clients unless they can come up with a great new marketing campaign. Now neither the show nor the plot is endorsed by McDonald's, but it's still funny to see how life comes full circle sometimes.

Looking at that video, we're just hoping Gellar doesn't find herself banned from McDonald's because of something she did on television. Again.

(via The Huffington Post)

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