KFC comes under 'boycott movement' for mocking Palestinians' misery

KFC comes under 'boycott movement' for mocking Palestinians' misery

While KFC itself isn't included on the BDS list, its parent company, Yum Brands, has invested in several Israeli startups
KFC comes under 'boycott movement' for mocking Palestinians' misery

Web Desk

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19 Feb 2024

A social media post by the popular fast food chain, KFC, featuring the slogan "No Tents, Just Chicken" has drawn criticism and calls for a boycott as the netizens linked the slogan to the plight of the Palestinian victims of Israeli genocide, displaced in camps.

The outrage added fuel to the existing anger over the Pakistan Super League (PSL) being sponsored by KFC, with calls for a boycott of the cricket league already gaining momentum.

While KFC itself isn't included on the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) list, its parent company, Yum Brands, has invested in several Israeli startups. Yum Brands owns a variety of food chains globally, including KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and The Habit Burger Grill, except for China.

Following widespread backlash against insensitive and mocking portrayals of Palestinians in advertisements by McDonald's and Zara, KFC now faces heavy criticism for its new advertisement.

While the KFC post sparked controversy, The slogan "No Tents, Just Chicken" is said to have originated from a separate incident in the Caribbean island of Antigua. A local company, APUA, lost a tent used for events and posted on social media.

 

The comments under the KFC post also reveal numerous references to Antigua.

However, due to the post being perceived as mocking the situation in Gaza, Netizens in Pakistan are denouncing KFC and calling for a boycott of the PSL due to its sponsorship by the fast-food chain.

https://twitter.com/YasinUsmani_Ofl/status/1759283584395804737
https://twitter.com/thakChukaHoon/status/1759105897354219828

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