February 4, 2011

"The Fish Filet™ Commercial KFC Doesn’t Want You To See (Anymore)."



"'It is no longer airing and will not be re-aired,' said a flack for Yum! Brands, the perpetually thrilled conglomerate that owns KFC."

ADDED: That's an interesting YouTube portal into Chinese commercials. Check out this very weird Panda cheese thing, and this one made me feel like I needed to have a seizure.

49 comments:

Scott M said...

The Chinese are obviously racist.

PatCA said...

What's wrong with it?

shoutingthomas said...

Yes, but he is resurrected in the stinger, suggesting that he really is The Black Jesus.

So, isn't it a mixed bag?

Lucien said...

Wow. KFC hired away Obama's speechwriter.

I can see why they wanted to back away from the violent imagery of the commercial, though.

kent said...

Ironically, the President has no sole.

Ann Althouse said...

"What's wrong with it?"

It's not racist because it's not a chicken sandwich. It's a fish sandwich. I think the problem is crushing the President with a giant sandwich. But clearly, he's unharmed. He survives and even enjoys the sandwich.

I feel like there are a lot of commercials where a giant product falls on someone and then the person is happy about getting the product.

Sixty Grit said...
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peter hoh said...

I don't see what's wrong with it, either.

People gotta stop being so sensitive to every perceived and imagined slight.

Florida said...

I'm pretty sure when Barack Obama go to KFC he don't get no fish.

peter hoh said...

And by people, I mean corporations.

traditionalguy said...

Ah so, does Karl Rove have Chinese friends at KFC China? They say Karl learned this type of ad from Lee Atwater. Any thing on the internet is suspicious.

MadisonMan said...

It is an effective ad? The one shot of the fish sandwich -- I love fish sandwiches -- looked compelling, but the rest of the ad is pretty distracting.

Florida said...

Barack Obama to KFC employee:

"Could I get me uh arugula salad here?"

Florida said...

"Ironically, the President has no sole."

Gonna be hard to top this one for thread-winner.

Ankur said...

I don't know if anyone noticed..but the ad that made ann want to have seizures - listen carefully to the background music. Its played with a traditional chinese instrument (or a synthesized version of the same) but the tune..the tune is unmistakable. Its Yankee Doodle!

Ankur said...

Oh wait! I was wrong. its Old McDonald. That makes more sense I suppose.

Triangle Man said...

He said "your mom".

woof said...

The music sounds generic patriotic to me. At first I thought it was I've been working on the rail road.

Smilin' Jack said...

This is outrageous. The presidency is a full-time job; Obama should not be moonlighting in Chinese commercials.

Sofa King said...

Really? We're supposed to believe this is offensive?

I find it amusing - this is what American Imperialism really looks like. Funny ads for fast food fried chicken. Soft power, we still has it.

Florida said...

"It's not racist because it's not a chicken sandwich."

What kind of a comment is this?

Why would it be racial at all to show video of a president being crushed by a delicious chicken sandwich from KFC?

Obama has a white mother. Ergo, he's white. This makes as much sense as saying that he's black because he has a black father.

Just because he married a Klingon doesn't make him black.

Florida said...

"The music sounds generic patriotic to me."

It's Lang Lang's "My Motherland." A snub to America. Only Chinese people or employees of Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken get the joke.

DADvocate said...

People gotta stop being so sensitive to every perceived and imagined slight.

You talkin' about me!?

Maguro said...

I thought Kenyans preferred beef.

John Burgess said...

Not to be pedantic, but the Panda ads are actually in Arabic, for an Arabic brand of processed cheese.

WV: I'm not moving away from this... hegrist

MadisonMan said...

employees of Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken

Choosey chicken lovers choose Church's Fried Chicken. Five layers of flavor is why.

Robt C said...

Chinese or Arabic, those Panda ads (I watched a few) are really bad. Buy our cheese or a creepy, bad-ass bear will do scary things to you? That makes "Where's Waldo?" seem like Apple's '1984' ad by comparison.

paul a'barge said...

ruh roh

paul a'barge said...

Well, that does it. Now I have to go find a KFC and order and eat one of those fish sandwiches. Hey, maybe it'll be fabulous.

That Chick-fil-A turned out to be friggin' fabulous. Why not KFC?

Phil 3:14 said...

Well now that they've offended our dear leader I demand they forgive our national debt!

Or at least reparations!

(Think it will work?)

Bartender Cabbie said...

I think we should ask the dinks for reparations for saving their asses from Imperial Japan. Just a thought.

Lawgiver said...

Is it legal to shoot Pandas in the US if they disconnect your IV? Or would their endangered species status land you in jail?

PatCA said...

Yeah, there's nothing wrong with it. If it was fried chicken, and he was talking slang, maybe...but this is fine. Of course, he is the Messiah, so maybe that's the problem. ;)

Plus, nobody can beat McDonald's Fish Filet.

Florida said...

"Choosey chicken lovers choose Church's Fried Chicken. Five layers of flavor is why."

There are only two fried chicken restaurants on Earth:

1) Fast Food: Church's Fried Chicken. (Closest one to me is 400 miles away ... alas.)

2) Slow Food: Stroud's Oak Ridge Manor in Kansas City, Missouri

Stroud's restaurant has the best fried chicken that I have ever consumed anywhere. It is pan fried in deep black skillets ... just like your grandmama used to make.

And the pan simmered chicken gravy ... it is to DIE FOR.

There is none better anywhere.

kent said...

U.S. agrees to tell Russia Britains' nuclear secrets

Impeach.

Chris said...

I love this on so many levels not least of which is the way it captures the essence of Asian commercial culture as this giant hyperdriven machine that swallows everything it encounters and spits it back in your face as ultra high-velocity capitalism.

bagoh20 said...

That is one delicious looking sandwich right there. Just looking at that almost has me on my way to the car.

chuck b. said...

"You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink after eight years."

MrBuddwing said...

I love this on so many levels not least of which is the way it captures the essence of Asian commercial culture as this giant hyperdriven machine that swallows everything it encounters and spits it back in your face as ultra high-velocity capitalism.

As opposed to American commercial culture, which is ... what?

WV: impokewi

MrBuddwing said...

In any case, I prefer the commercial for Israeli satellite TV featuring its own Obama doppelgänger. (Or could this be the same guy???)

WV: sathri.

Chris said...

"As opposed to American commercial culture, which is ... what?"

Pale in comparison.

Jason (the commenter) said...

paul a'barge: That Chick-fil-A turned out to be friggin' fabulous. Why not KFC?

I've eaten at KFC in China and trust me, it was not fabulous. Their Burger King was freaking amazing though!

R.L. Hunter said...

So in China KFC means Kentucky Fried Carp?

TWM said...

"It's not racist because it's not a chicken sandwich."

Please, it's a fact that black people, along with millions of white people, love fried chicken. It's only racist in the minds of those who seek out racism in all things.

BTW several of the black people I've known over the years love fried chicken with hot sauce. Then again so do many white people I know.

None of that is racist.

It is, however, against the new civility to squash Barry with a fish sandwich, unlike calling for Clarence Thomas to be lynched or sent back to the fields.

Fred4Pres said...

Now this is funny.

Stay with it. The first youtube link is very funny.

Belkys said...

Why would it be racial at all to show video of a president being crushed by a delicious chicken sandwich from KFC?
Yesterday there was post about a problem in a University for serving insensitive menu : chicken sandwich .I the African american month

pfaut said...

What a lousy impersonation of Obama. Where's the teleprompter?

rickl said...

Fred4Pres:

That was indeed very good.

I had trouble reading the captions, though, as I couldn't take my eyes off that goddess behind the news desk.

Gil said...

Second the vote for Stroud's. That is some fine fried chicken.