KFC Appointed Reba McEntire As The First Female Colonel Sanders & People Have THOUGHTS
KFC, a company whose fried chicken is nearly comparable to the majestic thighs at Popeye’s but not quite, has rebooted their classic Colonel Sanders mascot and it’s … not what I expected. In fact, the new Colonel Sanders is now played by Reba McEntire, country music singer extraordinaire, former WB sitcom star, and gifter of my personal favorite breakup song “Going Out Like That.” It is quite the update, and nowhere near as harrowing as the time Wendy’s used an IRL adult redhead in their ad campaign.
Indeed, McEntire made her debut as KFC’s first female Colonel Sanders on Thursday when the company tweeted out a clip from their new ad campaign hawking their new Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken. The clip features McEntire donning the Colonel’s iconic white wig, mustache, and suit while performing a rather rousing jingle complete with cute winking lyrics like, “Please ignore a likeness to famous country singers / I’m definitely not a woman.” There are also shots of non-Colonel Reba munching on fried chicken in the crowd, which is extra cute, plus there are, of course, quite a few cowboy hats in the frame.