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‘Fried Chicken N Chill’: Popeyes Is Giving A Free Netflix Login To Customers In New Campaign

With a majority of us quarantined up at home these days, streaming Netflix has become the absolute norm now more than ever. However, for those lacking the access to it, Popeyes has their backs.

The fried chicken giant just unveiled an extraordinary promotion called ‘Fried Chicken N Chill’, wherein it will provide a number of lucky customers with their own Netflix login credentials so that they can, well, fried chicken and chill.

For the specific details, Popeyes will be giving out the login credentials to the first 1,000 who post pics of themselves chowing down on Popeyes chicken on Twitter and using the hashtag #ThatPasswordFromPopeyes.

Those lucky thousand that are gifted that precious Netflix username and password are in for a major win because that just means they’ll get to experience the bizarre wonder that is Tiger King.

Man what I’d do to have a fried chicken meal with that whole cast of characters.

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If You’re Offended Over A Whole Camel Being Roasted, Then Hop Out Of That Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Line

“I’m never eating meat again.”

“This is truly sick.”

“I see why people are eating less meat. This looks sick.”

“Unfollowing”

“No one wants to see this shit.”

And this was just a sample of the 791 comment avalanche that hit the Foodbeast account the other week after we posted footage of Turkish restaurant, Ercan Steakhouse, smoking a whole camel.

The outrage was puzzling, though. Aren’t we the same country that does whole hog barbecue, whole roast pork, and salivates over whole roasted ducks with nary a peep of backlash or vitriol aimed at anything and anyone? Isn’t there a viral epidemic going around of folks lining up and acting an outright fool over chicken sandwiches? What difference is there that millions of chickens are plundered for specific parts just to meet the demand for a Popeye’s chicken sandwich these days? Yet here we are — I myself included because that sandwich slaps — without an ounce of guilt accompanying the satisfying crunch of it.

In the immortal words of Nate Dogg: “I’ve got 21 questions, and they’re all about us.”

Sure, it’s a heady topic over some chicken sandwiches, but in the latest episode of The Katchup, hosts Geoffrey Kutnick and Elie Ayrouth dive into the hypocrisy this situation exposes.

Yet I must admit, the sight of a whole camel being pushed into a smoker large enough to accommodate the size of the animal was jarring at first. But the initial shock gave way to curiosity, fascination, and awe. It’s not everyday you see a camel being consumed in such a way — at least to mine, and so it seems a lot of our audience’s Western eyes. And I get it, camels aren’t exactly the most common protein we’re eating regularly in our part of the world. Key words: our part of the world. Imagine the audacity to think that how we eat is the same as how other folks eat in various parts of the world. Step into another region in your own state and they’re even dining differently. What’s shocking to some may be the norm to others; the availability of different food and ingredients relative to its location is ultimately affecting how we eat, after all.

Besides the indignation shown for the actual animal being consumed, another point can be made that we just aren’t ready to see where our food comes from. That sandwich we’re lining up for? Imagine the visual of the thousands of dead chickens needed to fulfill our viral cravings.

This now brings up the issue I never wanted to think about — where does Popeyes source their chickens? Frankly, it’s a conversation that we’re not ready to delve into. I don’t have answers, and I know that Popeyes chicken sandwich tastes just as good as the ignorance to those facts.

The same lot of us up in arms over the sight of an entire camel being cooked, are often the same ones waiting in line for a chicken sandwich. Nothing wrong with eating said sandwich at all, but if we’re still appalled by that, then maybe we shouldn’t be elbows deep in some Popeyes sandwiches.

Conversations and quotes in this article have been transcribed from the Foodbeast Katchup podcast: “#102: Camel Meat and Popeyes, We’re All Hypocrites,” out now on Spotify, the Apple Podcasts App, and all major platforms where podcasts are heard.
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Why Popeyes Needs To Raise Its Sandwich Price, ASAP

Conversations and quotes in this article have been transcribed from the Foodbeast Katchup podcast: “#102: Camel Meat and Popeyes, We’re All Hypocrites,” out now on Spotify, the Apple Podcasts App, and all major platforms where podcasts are heard.

There is not a single fast food menu item that has been hotter than Popeyes’ chicken sandwich this year. From McDonald’s, to Chick-Fil-A and even Taco Bell, none of the world’s top fast food restaurants have created the type of buzz that Popeyes has.

With this much buzz around their crunchy, juicy sandwich, they have the attention of the world, and with that attention, could really turn the industry on its head. Again.

At least that’s the argument made by Uproxx Life editor Steve Bramucci, who made a radical suggestion that almost makes too much sense.

“First of all, if they said, ‘We’re making so much on these chicken sandwiches, we’re actually going to bump the price up $1. If you don’t want it fine, but we’re willing to bet you’ll pay an extra $1. Here’s exactly where our dollar’s going to go… 50 cents of that dollar is going to… the rate we pay our employees. The other 50 cents of that dollar is going to go to better sourcing for our farmers.’ Those two things for a $5 sandwich, I am in that line with all those maniacs.”

Raise the price of the coveted chicken sandwich by $1, in order to give the employees a better wage, and to be more transparent about their chicken sourcing.

Popeyes has a gold mine in its hands, and a pretty affordable one at that. Bramucci believed that Popeyes is selling so much volume of that sandwich, that it would not be crazy to invest in those two keys.

Now would Popeyes actually do something like that? It isn’t something that has been done in the past, but if they were the first, it would change the industry.

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Popeyes Hints At Their Chicken Sandwich Returning Soon

The Popeyes chicken sandwich became a bit of a phenomenon, and as quickly as it came, it left with mobs of fans upset at the decision.

Popeyes said they “sold out,” which didn’t make a whole lot of sense, but none of that matters, because it’s coming back after a two month hiatus.

Recently, Popeyes is sending out targeted Instagram ads saying, “The sandwich is coming soon.”

The catch is that they want you to download their app first, so you can be the first to know about the launch. If you do download the app, you’re greeted with a “Chicken Sandwich, Be Right Back,” as a little teaser.

Unfortunately, Popeyes has not even hinted at a timetable, so we have to go off their “coming soon,” ad.

Being punked into downloading a fast food app is never fun, and restaurants try it often, but if you really miss the Popeyes chicken sandwich, it might be worth it for the potential of an in-app deal, as most restaurants tend to give out on their apps.

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Popeyes Drops New Fiery ‘Voodoo Tenders’

We know the only Popeyes news you want to hear involves a spicy crispy chicken breast between a warm bun, but don’t sleep on their spooky new offering.

Popeyes just launched new Voodoo Tenders, which consist of their classic crispy chicken strips, doused with a garlicky sweet chili “Voodoo Sauce,” and a heap of chives to add a little bit of color.

The sauce itself is quite nice, and the spice actually comes through without being overpowering.

As of now, they come in a 3-piece and 5-piece combo that includes one of their choking-hazard biscuits and a regular side.

Again, sorry that this isn’t the Popeyes news you were expecting, but I suppose you can take your own bread and make a Voodoo chicken sandwich.

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The Origins Of The Chicken Sandwich Wars Of 2019

Back in 2017, we at Foodbeast broke a story that caught the eyes of many outlets around the country that came to be known as #PopeyesGate. It involved a restaurant named Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, CA that incurred some backlash from the public after being caught using store bought Popeyes chicken, and repurposing it to be served in their chicken and waffles dish. An angry yelper recounted his dismay when he saw the boxes being brought in, feeling bamboozled, especially for having to pay for a meal that would cost significantly less at Popeyes. That led to a sneering reply from owner, Kim Sanchez, who defended her actions on the premise that “Popeyes was the best chicken.” We even paid them an incognito visit, in hopes of getting a better understanding of the whole story.

The whole thing blew up, and long story short, the internet agreed that an ethical line was crossed. Without full disclosure to customers, Sweet Dixie Kitchen passed off someone else’s work as their own. It’s just like school, nobody likes the weak link in the group project that still gets the same grade as everybody else.

While food plagiarism is indeed controversial, the practice isn’t illegal, and who knows if this specific case is even grounds for filing a lawsuit? At the end of the day, Sweet Dixie Kitchen embraced their infamy, benefited from it and continued with operations as normal but with a bit of added transparency.

Fast forward to August 2019, after all was thought to be said and done: Sweet Dixie returns to the spotlight after two years, but this time, with help from an unlikely collaborator: Popeyes!

“To be honest, I thought they were calling to sue me,” detailed Sanchez. Instead, Popeyes invited them to debut their biggest product launch in thirty years! Apparently, the folks at Popeyes were so honored by the whole #PopeyesGate situation that they felt a little collaboration was in order. What better way to show their appreciation than to allow Sweet Dixie Kitchen the honor of launching the new chicken sandwich into the world? How odd is it that a series of strange moments of virality led to a neighborhood eatery having the Popeyes chicken sandwich before Popeyes itself.  Nobody could have guessed that things would come around full circle, and we would end up with a sudden cultural phenomenon in our hands.

The internet is a wild place where things happen in the blink of an eye, and word just gets around real fast… like that one time you gave your friend a piece of gum during recess, and suddenly you’re surrounded by parasites with their hands out. On the day that Popeyes dropped their new chicken sandwich at all their stores, #BlackTwitter set social media ablaze, pronouncing a (chicken) coup d’etat set to dethrone Chick-Fil-A’s hold on the matter.

Honestly, I’m just glad we’re done with licking tubs of ice cream at the grocery store—that was a dark time for all of us.

Let’s be real, up until the past month, Chick-Fil-A was “Top Cow,” the heavyweight champ, the superhero (but the one everyone would be ashamed to be saved by…you know, cause of the homophobia thing). No one challenged the status quo until Popeye’s dared to rinse the pickle juice out of our eyes and showed us how to throw some Cajun into the mix.

Popeyes Initial Announcement 8/12

Chick Fil A Tweet:

Popeyes clapback:

It was at that moment, the dam broke, and any fast food chain who felt they had a say in the matter, did—which is why the Internet stays undefeated. From petty clapbacks to side-eyed comments, the “Chicken Sandwich Wars” between the nation’s top fast food chains had the internet at a standstill, with everyone and their mama trying to get their opinions in.

While the exchange between Popeyes and Chick-Fil-A was mild at best, Wendy’s wasn’t afraid to get into it, tweeting: “Y’all out here fighting about which of these fools has the second best chicken sandwich.”

Wendy’s Gets In The Ring:

Popeyes Counter:

Wendy’s Huge Hook:

Shake Shack somehow enters this royal rumble, tweeting: “If you’re looking for a chicken sandwich (without the beef), you know where to find us.”
Shake Shack:

I See No Lie There…:

But swiftly gets tossed out by this short tweet.

Popeyes Sold out announcement 8/27

After just fifteen days of long lines, brawls, and countless “Come Back Later” signs, Popeyes just could not keep up with the demand and announced a temporary SOLD OUT sign on their beloved chicken sandwich. Like a bright comet, it came and went, with a brilliant flash that blazed through our timelines. Until it’s return, we wait (or just go back to contaminating tubs of ice cream).

Twitter reactions/memes:

Chick Fil A employee @ Popeyes:

Flu Game:

AAHS:

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Popeyes’ New Chicken Sandwich Sold Out In Just Three Weeks

Since its launch, Popeyes’ brand new chicken sandwich has gone viral and resulted in lines that have wrapped around stores around the nation. Many have waited close to an hour to get their fried chicken fix, and demand has been so sky high that folks will now have to wait a little bit longer.

Image courtesy of Popeyes

In a statement, Popeyes says that they expect to completely sell out of chicken sandwiches by the end of this week. While they had planned for a big turnout for the sandwich, they’ve already exhausted the inventory that was forecasted to carry them through September. That means that for at least a little bit, Popeyes won’t have enough fried chicken sandwiches to go around.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the sandwiches will be gone for an entire month, since the chain is working with their suppliers to get the hype new item back in stores sooner rather than later. However, we will have to endure without America’s hottest new fried chicken sandwich for at least some time.

Popeyes will let everyone know once the sandwich is back on the menu.

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Surprisingly, Popeyes Has Never Had A Chicken Sandwich, Until Now


In a new case of the Mandela Effect, where one believes something existed through the power of false memories, we bring you the fact that Popeyes Chicken has never had an official chicken sandwich on its menu.

I know you’re probably thinking back right now, saying to yourself, “Bullshit. I know I’ve had a Popeyes chicken sandwich,” and it’s possible you have, but only if you resided within the recent test markets.

For the first time ever, everyone will have a chance to officially try a Popeyes chicken sandwich, as it will have an official nationwide launch Monday, August 12.

For those who have tried it, it has been compared to Chick-Fil-A’s sandwich, bearing a similar minimalistic chicken, pickle and bun look.

Southern Californians can get an early first taste August 8 and 9, as Popeyes has collaborated with Long Beach’s infamous Sweet Dixie Kitchen as part of its debut.

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Sweet Dixie, as what should have been a hyper local story, really took off when folks nationwide had their opinions on the restaurant’s decision to serve Popeyes strips in their sandwich under the false impression that the chicken was house-made. Sweet Dixie had technically never said the sandwich was house made, but was known for its freshly made food, so guests obviously had some feelings when learning they were eating Popeyes instead.

The Internet did its thing, and soon after, Sweet Dixie had the health department swing by. Since then the sandwich underwent some forced changes, but it looks like Popeyes itself  doesn’t feel any ill will towards Sweet Dixie and its owner Kim Sanchez.

If you can’t make it to the Sweet Dixie preview, August 12 is your day. We will have the chance to try a true Popeyes chicken sandwich for the first time, and we can only imagine it being glorious.