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KFC Australia Under Fire For Sexual 'Hot And Spicy' Ad, Issues Two Apology Statements

KFC, in Australia, had to issue a statement of apology after it released its new "Hot and Spicy" ad to Twitter. While KFC's ad might have been humorous to some, it was highly offensive to conservative viewers.

Some people are calling the Australian ad "food porn," in the literal sense. Even RT referred to the promotion as "Choking the Chicken," a slang term used to indicate male masturbation.

Below, as you can see in the "Hot and Spicy" ad, KFC's caption stated: "Warning: #NSFW. Something hot and spicy is coming soon."

As a note, when you see this particular hashtag, it means "Not Safe For Work." As in, if you open it at work, it contains material that could possibly cost you your job.

It was definitely a play on words, since the woman looked as if she was pleasuring the accompanying man by giving a "handjob." Although it was clever marketing to a relative audience, all demographics could see it. Yes, including those who didn't care for KFC's particular attempt at a rated R ad.

KFC Apologizes Quickly

Given the backlash from KFC Australia's marketing scheme, the company issued a public apology for its inconsiderate promotion. In a statement to Australia's Mumbrella, KFC mentioned as follows.

"This was a genuine tweet to launch KFC’s new Hot & Spicy chicken products next week. It was not intended to offend and we’ve removed the image."

Accordingly, that wasn't the only apology KFC Australia issued to the public. In an email to Mashable - Australia, the chicken restaurant stated as follows.

"We are very sorry this occurred – we didn’t mean to offend and removed the post as soon as we realized we’d made an error in judgment, The post was meant to be a roll-out of our new Hot & Spicy products but we overstepped the mark and are sorry for any offense caused."

Other KFC Ideas

Obviously, this Australian KFC franchise is no stranger to out-of-the-box advertisements. Via its Instagram page, you can see that promoters even had the idea for nail polish.

Nevertheless, what are your thoughts about KFC Australia's sexual ad? Was it too much? Or were people simply overreacting? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Antonio J. Newell is a Los Angeles-based journalist. Some of his news emphases include: celebrity news, famous relationships, movie releases, music coverage, and trending stories. [Antonio J. Newell] (


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