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KFC Pulls Iconic Ad Campaign Over Coronavirus Concerns

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A Kentucky Fried Chicken advertising campaign that ruffled feathers in Britain has been pulled because of concerns that it was sending the wrong message while the world is battling the coronavirus.

The advertisement shows a series of KFC customers eating with their fingers in public places, and when they are done consuming the legendary blend of 11 herbs and spices, they lick their fingers.



The ad campaign, which began last month in the United Kingdom and Ireland, is set to Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne, Op.9, No.2.

But timing is everything, and to many people in Britain, this was the wrong ad at the wrong time.

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Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority logged 163 complaints, Fox News reported.

Some thought the reaction went a bit too far.

On the grounds that few successful companies make much money going head-on into a barrage of consumer complaints, KFC decided to hit the pause button on the campaign.

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“It doesn’t feel like the right time to be airing this campaign, so we’ve decided to pause it for now — but we’re really proud of it and look forward to bringing it back at a later date,” KFC said in a statement, according to The Drum.

KFC’s decision to pull the ad eliminated the need for the British board to assess the question.

At the time the ad campaign began, Dhiren Karnani, KFC’s marketing manager for Britain and Ireland, said, “KFC is truly finger lickin’ good, and this campaign will reignite the meaning back into the phrase we all know and grew up with,” according to The Independent.

The slogan was first used back in 1956, according to the New York Post.

KFC was not alone in responding to the coronavirus, as Ad Age reported.

Hershey has stopped running ads in which people hand chocolate bars to one another, accompanied by handshakes and hugs.

“Sadly, we have decided to temporarily replace two of our ads that feature human interaction, that include hugging and handshakes, due to the current sensitivities surrounding the COVID-19 virus,” Hershey Co. chief marketing officer Jill Baskin said in a statement.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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