Thursday, February 22, 2007

KFC wants the pope's blessing

Oh brother. You've got to be kidding. Gregg Dedrick, the president of KFC wants Pope Benedict XVI's blessing on the restaurant chain's Fish Snacker sandwich. Apparently, this would "allow" American Roman Catholics to eat the product guilt-free during Lent. (Has KFC got research that's showing that Snacker sandwich sales collapse during Lent? I hardly think so.) According to KFC's "Snacker" page, the Fish Snacker is: "An Alaskan Pollock fish filet breaded and fried to golden perfection, then topped with tangy tartar sauce and served on a warm sesame seed bun."

Now, surely to God the freakin' POPE has better and more important things to do than this. Good Lord. And KFC, if you want to do something good in the world, have your president spend his time devising charity programs for the company to raise money for AIDS, orphans, homeless animals, disaster relief... whatever. But honest to God, writing the pope so some freakin' sandwich can be declared "legal" for Lent?

I'd be ashamed to even admit that I wrote to the pope for something so trivial. And besides, the only reason the company wants it "legal" is so that they can make more money. Pure and simple.

Hopefully, the pope will put the letter in the shredder and concentrate on the African AIDS crisis or compensating victims of sexual assault by clergy.


scott said...

I suppose they want his blessing on their poor business practices. I think it is very hypocrital of Gregg Dedrick to ask for the Pope's blessing when he and KFC have misled the public [consumers] with "disinformation" about the way it handles its poultry by hiding "grotesque abuses inflicted upon chickens by suppliers."

Brian Cormier said...

Scott is referring to PETA's anti-KFC campaign at Check it out. Thanks again for your comments, Scott. Always insightful.

Carol said...

Faire une campagne pour dire qu'on demande le ok du Pape est une excellente campagne de publicité... même si la lettre n'avait jamais été envoyée au pape ! Ça fait parler partout de KFC (que je n'aime pas du tout en passant).

Brian Cormier said...

Translation: "Running a campaign where they are trying to get the pope's approval is great publicity... even if the letter was never sent to the pope! It makes people talk about KFC (which I don't like at all, by the way.)
Brian: I'm not sure I agree with that. Yes, it gets KFC's name out there, but it's so petty and greedy. It doesn't do much for their image other than making them look foolish. We'll see how this plays out and how it works for them!