Hunger King by Jani Leinonen Gives Money (Not Food) to the Poor

By: Meghan Young - Jun 18, 2014
References: janileinonen & fastcocreate
Hunger King, a pun on the Burger King franchise, is not out to criticize the company. Instead, it is a commentary on the conflicting policies toward the rich and the poor in Hungary. People who line up in front of Hunger King are asked to either join the rich side or the poor side. As the video shows, most people join the poor side. Both sides show stats about inequality in taxes and education opportunities, fines for vagrancy and more.

Created by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen, the first 50 people in the poor line each day are given a clamshell burger box holding the equivalent of about $15, the daily minimum wage in Budapest. Hunger King visitors in the rich line get a fake burger and fries as well as an appeal toward activism.