Thai chicken shop replaces KFC's Sanders with Hitler
Yum Brands, the chain's parent, threatens legal action against a Bangkok eatery that's cashing in on a troubling trend.
But that distinction was apparently more than a fried chicken joint in Thailand could fathom. A Bangkok restaurant co-opted the KFC logo and replaced Colonel Sanders' image with that of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler for its "Hitler" fried chicken shop.
Yum Brands and KFC are now threatening legal action against the restaurant after the sign was brought to their attention by Footprint Thailand Handbook author Andrew Spooner, who tweeted an image of it in May.
"Very bizarre Hitler Fried Chicken shop in Thailand. I kid you not. Complete with pic of Hitler in bow tie," Spooner noted.
Is it just a case of cultural wire-crossing or perhaps a tasteless play for publicity? If only that were so. CNNTravel noted back in February that the Hitler image has become a cultural icon and a fashion statement among Thai youths. McDonald's (MCD) mascot Ronald McDonald was pictured with a mustache similar to Hitler's in the CNN story, which noted that Hitler's image has taken on similar pop-culture significance in South Korea, Japan and India.
At shops in Bangkok, for example, T-shirts featuring Hitler as a Teletubby, a panda and a Japanese-style comic book character are sold alongside similar caricatures of Michael Jackson, Che Guevara and Kim Jong-Il.
"It's a lack of exposure to history," Harry Soicher, a Romanian who teaches at a Bangkok high school, told CNN. "If you don't live in Thailand, you may find it hard to believe they really mean no harm."
Bangkok resident Alan Robertson told The Daily Mail the chicken was "pretty good" and said his server told him the shop's owners thought Hitler was a "good image." Yum Brands' response: Get your ignorant hands off our mascot.
"We find it extremely distasteful and are considering legal action since it is an infringement of our brand trademark and has nothing to do with us," a spokesman for Yum told The Huffington Post.
New to their menu:
The Goebbels Chicken sandwich
Him Himmler's Chicken Nuggets
The Gestapo Meal Deal, free Hitler Youth knife included
SS gravy bowl
Hitler, Michael Jackson, Che Guevara and Kim Jong-Il. Wait they left off the other progressives --- Stalin, Mao, and Obama
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