Fast food fried chicken juggernaut KFC has cast a new actor to play Colonel Sanders: Reba McEntire.
Yeah, this Reba McEntire.
Only for this role, she appears a little more like this.
McEntire donned the signature white suit and string tie to perform a tongue in cheek sung as everyone’s second, favorite fried chicken purveyor.( I’m an Annie from Popeye’s stan , now and forever .)
“I’m Colonel Sanders, the same as always, ” she sings .~ ATAGEND “I swear I’m not a famous woman! ”
Several male actors have portrayed the Colonel, including Rob Lowe, Norm MacDonald, Ray Liotta, and Jim Gaffigan. But this is the first time the company’s founder has been portrayed by a woman or a musician. McEntire was chose specifically for the role because of her Southern roots( she’s from Oklahoma) and legend status in country music. She’ll was contained in television places for the chain’s Smoky Mountain BBQ chickenthrough April.
So the internet had absolutely nothing to say about all of this and that’s the end of this charming and delightful story, right?
Hold on to your biscuits, folks.
Loyal Colonel Sanders advocates, confounded adherents, and former fans of KFC voiced their displeasure at the decision on social media.
Who knew people were invested in which actors are selected to portray this Southern icon? But apparently, they are.
Some were turned off by the idea of a woman playing a human.
Colonel sanders being played by a woman is the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever heard. He was a man.
— Skinnyandsingle (@ Skinnyandsingle) January 26, 2018
Others were skeptical, but open to change.
I’ve always liked Reba as an actress and singer. But as Colonel Sanders? No. Maybe…
— Levi (@ LeviMira) January 26, 2018
But for the most part, people had some fun with it. After all, we’re talking about fast food chicken, here.
For instance: What might a woman playing Colonel Sanders have to put up with?
Reba McEntire is the first Colonel Sanders who has been told to smile more and merely gets to use 7 of the secret herbs and spices.
— ((( OhNoSheTwitnt ))) (@ OhNoSheTwitnt) January 26, 2018
And then there’s this tweet, which is funny( and a little bit sad) because it’s true.
Others, particularly fans of McEntire, were pretty pleased with the decision. Who wouldn’t want to see one of their faves violate the dredged and breaded ceiling?
While this a very small, silly thing to choose to complain or cheer about, it’s not wholly insignificant.
In 2018, women are still transgressing roadblocks, both large and important and small and crispy. This week alone, Rachel Morrisonbecame the first woman to be nominated for an Academy Award in cinematography. Sen. Tammi Duckworth announced her pregnancy and will be the first senator to give birth in office. And on Sunday at the Grammy’s, we may see Cardi B become first woman ever to earned the award for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.
And yeah, people like Hec have a point.
A female Colonel Sanders probably wasn’t the first thing people participating in the Women’s March had in mind. Women have made some serious moves, but when it comes to improving representation, earning equal wages , confronting gender based violence, or sexual misconduct, we have a long way to go.
Then again, every first, even a seemingly silly one, is a chicken-fried move in the right direction.
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