CLAIM

McDonald's released a holiday cup that unintentionally featured a risqué image.

FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

In December 2016, an image purportedly showing a McDonald’s holiday appeared on social media, where it quickly became a viral phenomenon:

mcdonalds cups

The image was reminiscent of an ancient and disturbing Internet meme known as “Goatse” (which, if you are unfamiliar, we do not recommend looking up —especially if you’re in an office). Writer Giovanni Tiso provided further visual context to people who were possibly having trouble visualizing what the logo was supposed to depict by helpfully tweeting out a photograph of a sculpture by Anthea Hamilton entitled “Project for a Door”:

mcdonalds mittens
Fortunately or unfortunately, the image is not legitimate, as the fingers were not originally included on McDonald’s cups; they were drawn in later by a prankster (one, we would assume, familiar with early Internet memes).

An image of McDonald’s unaltered holiday cups simply features two mittens:

mcdonald's cup

A McDonald’s spokesperson confirmed that the viral image was an altered version of their original holiday cups:

“Our festive McCafé cups are of mittens not hands,” a rep for McDonald’s told The Huffington Post. “The altered image circulating on social media is the result of someone getting a little cheeky and adding some hand-drawing to a cup.”