Feathers were ruffled at Kentucky Fried Chicken over presidential campaign merchandise that compared Hillary Clinton to a meal at the restaurant.
An anti-Hillary Clinton pin caused a stir when it made the rounds at GOP events and the Republican National Convention in July, causing the fried chicken chain some unwanted attention.
A spokesman for Kentucky Fried Chicken told TMZ that the company had nothing to do with producing the buttons.
The company “does not endorse any political candidate and certainly does not support offensive, derogatory portrayals of any person,” the spokesman said.
#TMZ #News #Gossip KFC — ‘Hillary Special’ Is NOT Finger Lickin’ Good: KFC is clucking pissed about an anti… https://t.co/YldL1Uozl7
— TMZ News (@TMZ_BRK) July 19, 2016
According to TMZ:
“Aside from the obvious misogynistic shot at Hillary … the rep thinks the button also disparages KFC, and is an infringement of its trademark.
KFC isn’t ruling out legal action if it can find out who’s making the buttons.”
The pins were not official Trump merchandise, but the GOP nominee did get in on some of the fried chicken love.
Great afternoon in Ohio & a great evening in Pennsylvania – departing now. See you tomorrow Virginia! pic.twitter.com/jQTQYBFpdb
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2016
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Though the pin had apparently been around before the 2016 race even began, the election events brought renewed attention.
CA #GOP response in 2013 was way better than 2016-non response >>”Sexist ‘KFC’ Hillary Clinton buttons at GOP event” https://t.co/79w0Wagaqy
— Paul Trudt (@pd3244) October 8, 2016
Along with all the verbal mud-slinging in the 2016 presidential race, a fair share of merchandise has been peddled by supporters of both parties’ nominees. Though some people found the pin to be offensive and sexist, many others did not see what the uproar was about.
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@PKhakpour There’s that disgusting anti-Hillary pin that calls her the KFC special–2 small breasts, 2 large thighs, and left wing. Ugh.
— Edan Lepucki (@EdanL) August 23, 2016
KFC Hillary” Pin Has The Liberal Media In a Complete Meltdown https://t.co/rWF7fjtDLm Hey,its truth in advertising.get over it…
— g.t.mace (@gldbug) July 7, 2016
Get over yourself. The KFC pin is tongue and cheek. Besides, Hillary does have large thighs (not a lie). https://t.co/HDJYqRQsWT
— Liberty Wise (@LibertyWise11) July 20, 2016
contrary to popular belief the kfc hillary special joke is not a sexist low blow but a subliminal hint that she is a chicken in a human suit
— panzerkampfwagen (@radfemgtow) September 3, 2016
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