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Obama Fried Chicken: Beijing’s Dining Hotspot – VIDEO

Obama Fried Chicken: Beijing’s Dining Hotspot – VIDEO

 

A fast-food restaurant in Beijing called Obama Fried Chicken has a sign that shows a grinning caricature of President Obama’s head on a skinny version of Colonel Sanders’ body, according to the Shanghaiist. You can see the image by clicking here.

Below it, written in Chinese, is the slogan: “We’re so cool, aren’t we?”

KFC Not Pleased With The OFC Logo

The Washington Post’s BlogPost contacted a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) China spokesperson, who said the company is not pleased with the Obama Fried Chicken logo, and said that the restaurant is not affiliated with the brand.

“We’re considering legal action as it is a knock-off and has nothing to do with us and it infringes on our brand trademark,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We find it distasteful.”

From The New York Post:

“It’s insulting, offensive and plays to racial stereotypes,” the Rev. Al Sharpton told The Post.

“What makes it even worse is that when we deal with this global competition between the U.S. and China, for them to be mocking the leader of the free world, I find it even more appalling.”

Reaction To U.S. Complaint Against Chinese Tariffs On Imported American Chickens?

The Daily Mail suggested that the sign may be a reaction to the U.S filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization against China for placing tariffs on imported American chickens.

If OFC turns out to be an imitation of KFC, it wouldn’t be the first time that popular American brands have been copied in China. Fake Apple and Ikea stores have popped up in several cities, while police in Shanghai recently arrested five people for making hundreds of fake iPhones for sale.

You can watch the Chinese OFC commercial here:

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2:46AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Obamas image is becoming one of the most recognisable in the world, and seems almost synonymous with luck outside the US. This company thought they'd sell more chicken by doing this, and I suspect it worked, ...With all this worldwide publicity as well' this to me looks like a good business move and not at all irreverent, just funny. Amusing.

12:58AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

fck-kfc

10:16PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

So, China is co-opting our "Colonel Slander's Southern Tried and Hung" franchise? How dare they.

12:58AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

finger lickin' chicken sh*t

10:59PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

We should stop doing business with China period.

10:40PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Actually the video is funny; but it is a parody.

8:53PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

That is NOT the ad that is under fire, you have to click on the link at the beginning of the story and you will see a poster for OFC with a likeness of Obama.

10:48AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Brian D., I noticed that, too. That is an ad for KFC not OFC.
Regardless, only Al Sharpton would get incensed over this. He is a very bright man, but one minute he is acting like a bright man and the next he off on a tangent. This whole issue is too silly for words. I am willling to bet that President Obama, if he says anything at all about this, will make a joke. That's all it deserves.

10:30AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Watch out for the 'thigh' with a tail. 'Kentucky Fried Rodents' was actually started when a rat got into a breading vat at an Alabama 'Krispy Chicken' stand, but it's appropriate with that Chinese jape too. Even more disturbing was the 'Burger Chef' stand getting caught supplementing their ground beef with stray cats. Both in the early 70s in mid-state Alabama.

9:19AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

I hope Obama AND KFC sue this restaurant right into the ground.

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