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Fast Food

KFC’s Bizarre New Commercial Somehow Infuriates The Internet

Why can’t a fried chicken commercial simply just be a fried chicken commercial? It seems everything needs a clapback these days and Kentucky Fried Chicken is at the clucking spotlight of the Internet’s fury. One of the fried chicken chain’s latest commercials is pissing off a lot of vegetarians.

The slightly bizarre video features a live chicken strutting its stuff, set to the bombastic beat of DMX’s X Gonna Give It To Ya. It seems people aren’t happy with how the live animal is depicted in relation to the fried chicken restaurant.

Commenters pointed out that there’s no way a chicken would be that happy knowing it’s about to be slaughtered and deep-fried and that the footage was “distressing” to vegetarians and vegans. Additional complaints were made that the commercial painted KFC as only serving chicken and nothing else with the tagline: The Whole Chicken And Nothing But The Whole Chicken. 

Seriously?

Design Taxi reports that the Advertising Standards Authority acknowledged that some folks found the ad “distasteful” but there won’t be any sort of investigation into the video since the commercial is unlikley to cause widespread offense. The ad also does not break any existing rules or regulations.

Sure, we’d have liked to see actual fried chicken shown in the ad, but we definitely weren’t offended with this video.

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Restaurants

Hong Kong’s First Hooters Is Already Causing Controversy

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American restaurant chain Hooters, known for its skimpily dressed female servers is about to open its first restaurant in Hong Kong. A month before its launch, however, the sports bar that bills itself as “delightfully tacky yet unrefined” is already attracting controversy.

Set to occupy a prime location in Hong Kong’s Central district along Wyndham Street, Hooters Hong Kong will be just one of the 30 branches that Bangkok-based Destinations Resorts will be bringing to Asia on behalf of Hooters Asia.

While preparations are all well under way for the Hong Kong opening, Hooters Asia general manager Mike Warde is also fending off criticisms about the company’s image and hiring processes.

We’re a sports bar, a family-oriented, fun-loving, entertainment outlet. We have standards for our service and food,” Warde told South China Morning Post in an interview.

For Warde, the Hooters girls who he calls the chain’s “brand ambassadors” are not dressed provocatively but are simply wearing sportswear. He also denied that breast size is a factor in the company’s recruitment.

That’s a myth. That was 30 years ago,” he said while showing a photograph of Thai Hooters girls with small breasts. “The reason they don’t look flat chested is because they are wearing Wonderbras.”

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A friend of one Hong Kong applicant, however is refuting his claim. Scarlet (not her real name), an applicant herself, said her friend who applied didn’t pass because of her breast size.

Her boobs are smaller, so of course they won’t hire her,” she said.

The recruitment process has been going on for months and so far 12 Hong Kong women, one Japanese woman and two European women are being considered for the job.

Aside from normal food-serving tasks, Hooter girls are also expected to perform two-minute dance numbers at certain intervals.

They stop whatever they are doing, wherever they are, and dance every 45 minutes,” says Warde. “In Thailand guests pay them to do hula hoop and the money goes to charity. We have pom-poms and we take them to the rugby pitch to support teams.”

To stay in shape, they are also required to attend three kickboxing classes per week.

We teach the girls to be a lot more respectful of themselves, have more confidence in themselves. They have a fit body and fit mind and we bring out their characters because we put them all over social media,” he added.

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They said, ‘This is the largest size’ – I think that was true. But it’s crazy that the largest size is extra small. My boobs were exploding and my ass was half showing out,” the 24-year-old said.

When I went for the uniform fitting they said I’m the only girl with boobs. They want to hire locals, but most local girls are really skinny.”

Scarlet also found the salary disappointing and realized she could earn more as a beauty therapist. The HK$15,000 ($1,932) per month offered for a five-and-a-half-day week is barely above standard.

They said I would get good tips, but in Hong Kong I don’t think the guys would pay a lot. There isn’t the tipping culture here,” Scarlet said.

Back in the U.S., the company has closed about a dozen stores in recent years, with observers saying the concept of “breastaurants” is outdated.

Warde believes that it will be a different story in Asia. “In Asia we are a new brand. And in America they’ve been closing the ones that haven’t been performing and reopening others. Over the last four years it’s growing, they are on the up again,” he said.

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In the next five years, the aggressive expansion plan of Hooters Asia will also see restaurants opening in Indonesia, Thailand, Macau, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Written by Ryan General || NextShark

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Fast Food

KFC Tweeted A Hand Job Ad And Folks Are PISSED

We’ve all heard the term “sex sells” but Kentucky Fried Chicken brought that statement to an uncomfortable visual reality in a tweet early Friday morning. And the Internet got pissed!

Posted about 12:00 am PST, KFC Australia tweeted the above ad previewing their new “Hot and Spicy” chicken campaign. But no one seemed to appreciate the humor in seeing a young woman eagerly reach into (hopefully) a pixelated bucket of chicken resting on a man’s genital region.

Once KFC Australia “realised” the tweet was confusing — some thought it might be jerk chicken

 

— and offensive, since it looks like the dude is getting a hand job — KFC, most likely feeling a little hot and spicy in the face, removed the tweet and issued an apology. 

Hopefully, from now on when KFC Australia tries to sell us their breasts again, they’ll be a little more respectful.

I mean, c’mon, this isn’t Hooters.

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Packaged Food

Here’s The Campbell’s Soup Pro Gay Ad That Made Homophobes Lose Their Shit

Human beings are alive today because we are at the peak of our evolutionary prowess. We continue to adapt through versatility, which has led to us becoming the strongest and (by far) smartest creatures to walk this big blue ball we call Earth. When something changes, we don’t try and change it back. We learn to live with it, and eventually, we learn to embrace it as an integral part of our colorful, wacky and eccentric American culture (freeing slaves, women’s rights, gay marriage, etc.).

That being said, we still have a few culturally underdeveloped members of our society trying to reign in on our rights as free Americans, particularly our rights to love whoever we want. This hate-fueled charge is led by the less-than-delightful folks over at the American Family Association and One Million Moms.

Campbell’s Soup recently released an advertisement for their new Star Wars noodles depicting a father spoon-feeding his son while saying, “Cooper, I am your father!”

At that point, another man comes into the frame and says “No, no, no…I am your father!” What makes this commercial special is that it is a real family, with two happily married men and their son.

While the commercial is charming and heartwarming to many progressive Americans, the men and women at the AFA and OMM have taken it upon themselves to try and bring the ad down. They’re doing this by encouraging their followers to contact (or rather, harass) Campbell’s Soup and to stop purchasing their products.

Well those people can take a seat on an 18.8 oz. can of Campbell’s Chunky Beer-N-Cheese with Beef and Bacon, and twist.

On the AFA’s Facebook page, they posted the commercial with a scathing and logically flawed caption to go with it. One part I found to be particularly hypocritical and contradictory was when they claimed that “Campbell’s Soup is glorifying this unnatural marriage. One Million Moms believes family is based on love, but this does not justify normalizing sin.” Love is subjective by nature, and to put “right” and “wrong” labels on it simply isn’t fair. I guess one man’s love is another man’s sin.

If you believe that what the AFA and OMM are saying is wrong, here is what I urge you to do:

Go to the nearest grocery store, purchase a case of Campbell’s Soup, take it to the nearest church that supports these two organizations, then donate it to them so they can use it to feed the hungry. If the church is given these cans of soup, will they accept them and use them to feed the homeless despite knowing that Campbell’s supports equal love? Or will they reject the offer and forsake the people they could help in order to further their own inflexible stance?

Personally, if it’s not already clearly evident, I think what Campbell’s did was mmm mmm good!

Author’s Note: If anyone decides to perform this test, feel free to contact me and let me know about your experience and how they responded.

Photo Credit: Mirror

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Hit-Or-Miss

Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal In America, Here’s What You Need To Know

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“Palcohol,” they called it. A friendly name for a controversial form of alcohol has been approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, again. What makes this booze such a hot-topic item is that it comes in a powdered form.

CBS reports that there were many concerns with the powdered alcohol when it made its debut last spring. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau rescinded their green light of the product after claiming the labels initially did not reflect the product correctly.

Now, nearly a year later, it looks like Palcohol has once again been given the OK. The concern about the substance is that it’s freeze-dried alcohol intended to be mixed into drinks. There was worry that kids might try to sneak them into music events, easily, due to their inconspicuous appearance.

While it’s deemed legal, states are given the option of regulating sales of the substance within their borders.

With its whimsical name and multiple flavors, it could definitely become appealing to children. Though the main concern doubles back to how easy it is to misuse its potency.

However, a spokesperson for Alcohol said that potential for misuses isn’t enough grounds to be denied a label. Founder Mark Philips came up with the idea for Palcohol after wanting to enjoy an alcoholic beverage outdoors without having to lug around heavy cans or bottles.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Despite Gay Marriage Controversy, Chick-fil-A Benefiting From Backlash

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So, you know how earlier this summer Chick-fil-A made public its stance against gay marriage? If you don’t remember that, you might remember unwittingly visiting your local Chick-fil-A in August, only to see lines out the door and around the building as supporters of the chicken chain came to show their appreciation…and to also get some lunch.

Chick-fil-A, already famous (or infamous) for closing up nationally on Sundays, faced backlash from more than just gay marriage supporters, as a national fallout was predicted from the polarizing decision. And yet as the year winds down, Chick-fil-A appears to have come out on top.

According to Business Insider, consumer use, market share, and ad awareness have all seen notable increases since the initial controversy, indicating Chick-fil-A hasn’t suffered, but in fact benefited from its otherwise controversial stance.

Stats from the study by research firm Sandelman & Associates:

  • Consumer use was up 2.2 % in Q3 compared to the year prior
  • Market share up 0.6 %
  • Total ad awareness up 6.5 %

Think Chick-fil-A’s lucky streak will last? And, perhaps more importantly, will it spur other companies to kick up a little dust in favor of increased income?

Via Business Insider/Photo Courtesy of Chick-fil-A

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Fast Food

Humane Society Fuels the McRib Controversy

As if there wasn’t enough buzz surrounding McDonald’s McRib, it now seems that a lawsuit is being filed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) against Smithfield Farms, the main supplier of pork for the McRib. The HSUS alleges that the pigs of Smithfield farms are being subjected to a cruel and unusual environment. The allegations maintain that pigs are being confined to small grates, many of which are covered in blood–a practice that has been deemed illegal in some states.

This, however, isn’t the HSUS’s first time accusing Smithfield Farms for its animal treatment practices. It could be theorized that the HSUS is using the publicity of the McRib to garner attention to the cause. In any event, it seems that the world just can’t get enough news surrounding this ironically ribless rib sandwich.

(Via The Huffington Post)