Just a note to say that it took until snoods post Page3(?) to actually understand that the concern with the advert was about black people and fried chicken. I still dont fully understand why that is a racial stereotype but can accept that it is in the US.
I'd like to know who made the advert.
The ad agency is probably australian KFC australia marketing department is probably Australian. These people would not have give the advert a second thought.
Even though the company is American by birthright there would have been no American input into the decision making that led to the advert appearing.
So i cant place blame for being racist at the feet of KFC.
Do you think it reasonable to call Australians racist for not reacting to US stuff like some special horrible significance to fried chicken?
Do you think it reasonable to call Australians racist for not having some stereotype of darker folk having fun being racist somehow?
I doubt the current generation of Ozzians would have any understanding of this, unless they were literature freaks, or studied US history.
I think I cop it reasonably sweet when we are called racist when we are......I don't think not being innocent of the minutiae of racism as it is defined in in the US is being racist.
Do you think Australians are being labelled racist here
do you think KFC is being defined as racist here?
It looks utterly DISGUSTING to me!!!
Fat, fat, processed meat, nitrates, meat, fat, butter, fat...fat eggs...fat, simpke carbs and fat, and more fat.
I would be vomiting all day if I ate that for breakfast! Its even grosser than the English Breakfast!!!!
Do you have some url that would change my impression?
I don't know, I picked up this tid bit of information from one of the many dozens of films (black comedies especially) that reference this.
No, I don't think there was any intent to be racist. But the effect of that ad on the American company given American history with fried chicken (which included the use of black stereotypes to sell chicken, see: Coon Chicken Inn) should be so obvious that I don't see why it should be controversial to pull that ad.
Once again...I don't think it controversial to pull the ad. I suspect DP is right...that the ad was created and ok'd by Australian KFC employees who had NO idea of the drama US folk feel re that imagery.
Do you think young Australians SHOULD know that US folk are likely to get all agitated ?
I think this ad is being used to beat Australians for being racist.
I feel like I just connected a bit with my culture. Roots, ya'll.
No one could possibly be sacked over that. Without any concept of "dark skin=likes fried chicken" (and that that is somehow a bad thing) in your head, how would you ever possibly imagine there was a problem?
I can imagine if there was a guy at the ad agency or even in Aus KFC management who saw the ad and said
"ummm, guys... we've got black people eating fried chicken... could be a problem in the US"
The response by everyone else would have been... "What?? don't be ridiculous."
"That little boy is driving well and he's putting well. He's doing everything it takes to win. So, you know what you guys do when he gets in here? You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not serve fried chicken next year. Got it?"
Then Zoeller smiled, snapped his fingers, and walked away. Then he turned and added, "or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve."
I'm not even sure what KFC does stand for. One of our local disc jockeys got caught refering to the company as Kentucky Fried Chicken in an advertisement, and they hit the station like a ton of bricks.
May I suggest that you not comment on a culture that you obviously no ******* NOTHING ABOUT. For **** sake get over yourself.
Why is a lone white man surrounded by these musically adept and loud black people? Are they at a concert- or are they at a cricket game?
As I said in my first post - I don't give a **** that it was black people and chicken in this ad.
I'm not even sure what KFC does stand for. One of our local disc jockeys got caught refering to the company as Kentucky Fried Chicken in an advertisement, and they hit the station like a ton of bricks. They may sell fried chicken, but they do not want their restaurants associated with fried foods, which just don't sound healthy.
They do sound kind of sensitive.