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April 19, 2012

I’ve been thinking about KFC lately. Not about eating there. Everybody who knows me, knows that when I want some fried chicken, I go to Mary Brown’s or Popeye’s. It’s simple. Both of those chains do chicken better that the Colonel.

Yesterday I was driving through old Markham and I passed by this old KFC. I remember that KFC being there when I was kid. This is one of those KFC’s with the giant bucket on a pole. The bucket has been updated to feature a modern KFC bucket but the facade of the building still reads “Kentucky Fried Chicken.”

A while ago, KFC officially changed it’s name from Kentucky Fried Chicken to KFC. The word on the street as to why the change was because the company could no longer use the word ‘chicken’ to refer to the product they were serving. Rumours of a genetically modified and mutated species of poultry with humongous breasts, six legs and no head spread like wildfire. A lesser known reason, and possibly the real reason, for the name change was that the state of Kentucky copyrighted the term ‘Kentucky’ so as to get royalty payments from companies using the name ‘Kentucky’ this or that.

For some reason, fried chicken is considered food for black people. I don’t quite understand why. As somebody who has been a patron in many fried chicken shops, I gotta say, I rarely ever see black people in the shops. I do see a lot of middle eastern people at Popeye’s. That may have more to do with Popeye’s serving halal chicken. Yet, there’s a stereotype that black people love fried chicken. So much so that a friend a mine who visited South Africa told this tale, “No matter how depressed and poor and sketchy a neighbourhood was, there was always a KFC on the corner.”

I’m the least politically correct person you will probably ever meet. I believe that stereotypes, although wrong, are based on some sort of pattern recognition over time. This is one stereotype I don’t understand. Saying black people like fried chicken is like saying black people breath oxygen. Everybody likes fried chicken. It don’t matter what you skin colour is. Fried chicken tastes great. Whether you’re black or white or purple or polka-dotted, fried chicken tastes great.

With the current economic boom that has been happening in China over recent years, many American restaurant chains have looked to the Chinese market for expansion. The restaurant with the largest Chinese expansion, the restaurant opening the most shops in China, is KFC. Not McDonald’s. Not Subway. KFC.

And with all of this talk of KFC, somehow, KFC got in the local news last night and this morning here in Toronto. The mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, has been trying to lose weight. He’s a big guy. He’s been very public about trying to lose weight. He often has a public weigh-in to show that he’s been losing weight. He’s not yet reaching his goal.

Yesterday, he was photographed going into a KFC.

If the biggest personal scandal that hits an elected official is that he cheated on his diet, we should all be so lucky. How many politicians have been caught cheating on their wives, taking bribes, doing drugs, yadda yadda yadda. In fact, Mr. Ford has been hit with some pretty damaging personal scandals prior to being elected mayor. It seems that the workload of being mayor has kept him too busy to have a DUI in Florida (who hasn’t had a DUI in Florida?) or get drunk at a Leafs game (is there another team that drives people to alcoholism more than the Toronto Maple Leafs?).

Okay, show of hands, who’s getting some fried chicken today?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2012 8:42 am

    Fried chicken is awesome. There is no argument. Awesome.

    Anybody who argues the awesomeness of fried chicken in a communist.

  2. April 19, 2012 5:42 pm

    I heard KFC changed their name because they didn’t want the word ‘Fried’ in their title, felt it was ruining business since people were moving away from fried foods. Yeah, whatever.

    My friend gave a co-worker (who liked to wear pins on her apron) a watermelon pin for Black History Month. The co-worker didn’t get it, but I laughed til I fell over. And who doesn’t like watermelon?

    Gallagher doesn’t like watermelon.

  3. Riot Kitty permalink
    April 20, 2012 2:08 am

    Ok, I am totally snickering about your mayor. Glad he is human, and not in the way of Elliot Spitzer.

    I wonder if he had gravy on his chicken. (If you knew this guy’s politics, you’d find that hilarious. Kinda odd I didn’t hear that joke at all in the news or talk radio.)

  4. April 20, 2012 3:22 am

    Fried chicken is awesome! Especially mine, I make awesome fried chicken. :)

    And I miss it so much! *sigh*

    How do you do breading? Some egg, some buttermilk, some flour, some cayenne, some garlic powder?

  5. Bob permalink
    April 20, 2012 7:34 am

    I did want fried chicken yesterday but I didn’t have any.

    I am having trouble posting from work.

    Did you have what I ended up having, barbecue and Wimpy’s and donuts.

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