Feminism and fried chicken have long been linked.
Oh no wait, sorry, they haven’t – we got ‘feminism’ confused with ‘fries’.
However, KFC do appear to be making (a bit of) headway with the former by naming their first ever female Colonel Sanders – American country singer Reba McEntire.
She’s the new face of KFC’s Smoky Mountain BBQ chicken, and plays both herself and the Colonel in the ads, singing, ‘I’m Colonel Sanders, the same as always. I’m definitely not a woman.’
She’s currently starring in four ads, which will air in the US from Sunday 28 January until the end of April. In one of the ads, the singer can be seen tuning her guitar to the various components of a ‘$5 fill up’ box.
However, despite being the first female in KFC’s 90 year history to be allowed near the Colonel’s white suit, the fried chicken experts have still made her play a man.
So the Colonel is essentially still a man. Just played by a woman. Oh.
Some may see this as diluting KFC’s feminist intentions, and some may see this as simply staying true to the Colonel who, lest we forget, was a real (male) human.
Businessman Harland David Sanders passed away on 16 December, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, aged 90.
Reba seems pretty thrilled with the role, anyway. Speaking to Associated Press, she revealed: ‘I got a big kick out of it’.
When asked about being approached for the role, she said: ‘Holy smokes! KFC has been a part of my life forever.’
The (male) celebs who have played the Colonel before her include Billy Zane, Darrell Hammond, and Rob Lowe.
More power to females.
Except for female chickens. They’ll never have power under the Colonel’s regime.