Jason Isbell Gives His Review of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, Offers Hilarious ‘Apology’

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Jason Isbell sports a new job title. He’s a singer, songwriter and now food critic. This man oozes talent.

On Thursday, he was eating at that fine dining establishment, McDonald’s. Now, the Golden Arches has no Michelin stars. But it does vary its menu with the holidays.

Jason Isbell ordered a Shamrock Shake and a chicken sandwich. Thumbs up for one item. The other? “Grody” and maybe to the max.

For background, here’s how McDonald’s describes the shake.

“Make it your lucky day with the shake that started it all. McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is made with creamy vanilla soft serve blended with Shamrock Shake syrup and topped with delicious whipped topping. The Shamrock Shake is available in small, medium, and large. Get a Shamrock Shake or the OREO® Shamrock McFlurry before they’re gone. There are 800 calories in a large Shamrock Shake.”

The Shamrock Shake dates back to 1967 when an owner of a Connecticut McDonald’s created it in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. McDonald’s considers it a classic. Put it up there with the Quarter Pounder.

Jason Isbell Review? “Grody”

Let the record show Jason Isbell didn’t like the shake. The chicken sandwich was tasty.

Isbell tweeted: “New chicken sandwich is good. Shamrock shake is still grody.”

Grody means unpleasant and disgusting. This songwriter has a way with words, go figure. Of course, Jason Isbell was just having fun. So he continued his jokes on Twitter. He wrote:

“I’d like to apologize for my insensitive tweet about the shamrock shake. I’m taking some time to do the work and I’ve reached out to a number of shamrock shakes and told them it’s their responsibility to teach me why they aren’t grody.”

Cue the Twitter jokes from the followers of Jason Isbell.

“I’ve had issues with my milkshake bringing all the feral hogs to the yard. Any suggestions?”

Another follower wrote: “Much like the McRib returns when pork prices are bottom of the barrel…the Shamrock Shake returns when there is an abundance of cheap leprechaun meat.” Ouch.

Or, was it cancel culture? “I’ve received the same sort of ridicule over my disgust for deviled eggs. … try them every year to see if my taste buds have decided to accept them, but it always fails. I make no apologies. I have a 1st amendment right to voice my hate without fear of being canceled.”

Let’s hear it from the Jason Isbell fans in Ireland:

“I’m from Dublin. We just call them green partially gelatinated non-dairy gum-based beverages.”

Jason Isbell knows his full-time job is performing. He returns to the stage, Saturday, in a fundraiser for Tennessee River Keeper. Lyle Lovett also is set to perform. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the concert is virtual.

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