KFC seems determined to close out 2020 by trolling us all


If nothing else, you’ve got give KFC credit for having a sense of humour. Recent weeks have seen the venerable fast-food company trolling us all on multiple fronts. And, quite frankly, it’s a welcome distraction from pretty much everything else going on in the world at the moment.

First there was that trailer. Don’t even pretend you don’t know which trailer I’m talking about. Everyone with access to the web has seen it by now. Here’s a refresher:

A Recipe for Seduction, a “mini movie” starring Mario Lopez as KFC figurehead Harland Sanders, is purported to premiere December 13 on Lifetime. The trailer’s mock-serious tone, ludicrous dialogue, and, well, Mario Lopez as Harland Sanders all add up to something that seems either too good to be true or too awful, depending on your tastes.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Presented by KFC and Lifetime. As the holidays draw near, a young heiress contends with the affections of a suitor handpicked by her mother. When the handsome chef, Harland Sanders, arrives with his secret fried chicken recipe and a dream, he sets in motion a series of events that unravels the mother’s devious plans. Will our plucky heiress escape to her wintry happily ever after with Harland at her side, or will she cave to the demands of family and duty?

So, is A Recipe for Seduction real, or is the trailer just an elaborate marketing stunt? Does it matter? Either way, it’s a world-class piece of trollery.

The KFConsole

Not to be outdone, KFC’s gaming division—which is called KFC Gaming, naturally—had some news of its own today.

According to a tweet posted this morning, KFC Gaming is “delaying the launch of the KFConsole by one week”.

Delaying the what now?

For the uninitiated, KFC Gaming’s YouTube channel posted a teaser back in June, touting its new gaming console. The video boasts that the KFConsole will have true 4K resolution, a frame rate of 120 FPS, and… a chicken chamber.

The KFConsole was supposed to launch on December 12—just in time for holiday gift shopping. According to today’s tweet, the new release date is December 18.

“This will inevitably come as a huge disappointment to many,” the tweet reads. “We understand your frustrations. Right now, our only concern is ensuring we produce the universe’s most powerful console, which also produces the universe’s finest fried chicken.”

December 18 is a pretty tight timeline for anyone hoping to put a KFConsole under the tree. Mind you, Santa Claus always finds a way. And if he can’t swing it, maybe that smouldering Latino hunk Colonel Sanders can.

I have done a lot of different things over the course of my life and professional career. I have interviewed Oscar and Grammy winners and written cover stories for glossy newsstand magazines. I have played guitar in a rock band on national TV and run an independent music label for which I wrote all of the PR and marketing materials. In my spare time, I sweated out a novel about a world where raccoons are kings and dragons are real.

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