Whataburger Food Fight Reminds Us: Food Fights Are Funny

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the viral video of a food fight between rival high schools at a San Antonio, Texas Whataburger location. One thing was already readily apparent: food fights are funny.

As the Inquisitr had previously reported, rival high schools O’Connor and Brandeis clashed on the football field Saturday, with Brandeis coming out on top 12-10. No big deal, right? Well, not until students from both schools showed up at the same burger joint afterwards.

Clearly, there’s nothing amusing about the no-doubt substantial property damaged suffered by the fast food establishment at the hands of these unruly adolescents. The teens’ utter lack of decorum is equally concerning, as is the potential for injury under such circumstances.

Still, there’s something to be said about the exuberant flinging of foodstuffs when it comes to the realm of fiction, where there are production assistants specifically tasked with cleaning up the aftermath of an epic food fight. The food fight often has little or no value to a movie’s actual plot, however, and is seldom used as a comedic device outside the realm of slapstick.

National Lampoon’s Animal House set the bar back in 1978 and its classic culinary conflict remains the gold standard to this day. Bluto (John Belushi), member of the struggling Delta Tau Chi fraternity, has his own unique response when criticized for his lack of table manners.

Then there’s the great pie fight in Blazing Saddles. With writer/director Mel Brooks propensity for breaking the fourth wall, this pastry pugilism actually takes place in the studio cafeteria, as the audience has already been let in on the joke.

And who can forget the memorable sloppy showdown from Hook, the 1991 Peter Pan story starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman? In this rare occurrence, the food fight is actually integral to the plot and the character’s development; in this scene, Peter reignites his imagination and realizes he is Peter Pan.