Obama’s likeness used to sell fried chicken in China

While President Barack Obama seeks the secret recipe for U.S. economic growth, a fast-food restaurant in China is inferring he’s already privy to Colonel Sanders’ secret for fried chicken.

The long arm of trademark law does not reach to China, apparently.

The short arm of trademark law.

The Daily Mail and other media outlets report Obama Fried Chicken is using advertising very similar to that used by KFC, aka known as Kentucky Fried Chicken before the word “fried” became a marketing pariah.

The Beijing business sign allegedly contains the phrase ‘We’re so cool, aren’t we?’ in Chinese, but Google translate cannot confirm that for me.

The restaurant’s name may be a way for restaurateurs to decry a tariff on U.S. chicken exports that, according to the New York Times, forces importers in China to pay twice as much per bird.

The restaurant’s sign was first spotted by TheShanghaiist.com.

Mediaite.com writes that using Obama’s likeness to sell fried chicken could be considered “unacceptably racist,” but this isn’t the first time such a thing has happened.

The Daily Mail article has pictures of U.S. businesses using the exact same name in Brooklyn and Harlem.

And KFC itself used an Obama lookalike in a television commercial that ran in Hong Kong. In that clip, KFC even borrows a sentiment from Obama’s 2008 campain … “Change is good.”

117 comments Add your comment

Mr. Brooks

October 3rd, 2011
1:20 pm

Popeye’s is better.

jay

October 3rd, 2011
1:20 pm

Stereotypes are funny.. Me love your chicken, long time.

Tiger Woods

October 3rd, 2011
1:22 pm

Good bye, Fried Rice. Hello, Fried Chicken!

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
1:28 pm

Maybe his face can sell more chicken in China than his complete incompetence has sold anyone on his policies here

Born with a tan.

October 3rd, 2011
1:32 pm

Racism hurts unless you’re white, then it’s just business.

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
1:33 pm

Yet I’ve met more racist blacks than whites in my lifetime. They’re currently calling Cain an Oreo. How do you cry foul at behavior you yourself engage in? Hypocricy

Also Tan

October 3rd, 2011
1:35 pm

People with tans make the best racists…

Hot and Fresh

October 3rd, 2011
1:40 pm

Rush Cheney

October 3rd, 2011
1:47 pm

laydeeliberty

The word is spelled hypocrisy … How about hitting “spell check” the next time you feel indulged to comment on subjects you know nothing about.

And for the record, who are “They”? Don’t seem to know this fellow whose name seems to pop up whenever a baseless argument is made.

Dandy Don's boy

October 3rd, 2011
1:51 pm

I have a dream…..
that one day we will vote for a man because of his tan…..no what I’m sayin’

sean

October 3rd, 2011
1:52 pm

More racist blacks than whites, give me a break. Whites are predisposed to be racist. It is a part of their genetics. I’ve met whites that don’t even know why they have the views that they have. Damn devils.

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
1:57 pm

the “They” I speak about is the Congressional Black Caucus and I will happily provide a link to the video showing a member calling Herman Cain exactly that. Perhaps you should concern yourself more with educating yourself on the realities of how rampant racism is in the black community than you should with my spelling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IgfkP69AC0

Ali G

October 3rd, 2011
1:59 pm

Yo. Is you racialist?

Bama Girrl

October 3rd, 2011
2:06 pm

Calling all white women please continue to help us eradicate the white race.

Oscar the Grouch

October 3rd, 2011
2:07 pm

Rush…you just got owned…racist.

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
2:09 pm

and I’ve met blacks that don’t even know why they support the democrats blindly like they do. Damn idiots. Herman is right. There are a lot of blacks who are completely brainwashed.

Racism is only kept alive in this country by ignorant people, to provide a living to those who profit from it – NAACP, CBC, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Tavis Smiley, etc.

Yep

October 3rd, 2011
2:22 pm

Typical racist liberal comment… So she spelled hypocrisy wrong? Big deal. That does not make here any less right. Racism exists on both sides of the aisle. Do we have; Miss White America? The NAAWP? Of course we don’t. that is because of racist watchdogs like yourself looking to “turn the tables” on any person not of color. It is no longer about color or racism, let’s all please quit wearing out that monicker. You would think that Obama’s election would at least signal that at least it is a dead issue with most races in this country. If you have something substantive to say other than to slam someone for their spelling, please feel free to do so. Most everyone on these boards can spell pretty well, but do not have the time to run their writing through a spell checker, as most of us are taking small breaks and are merely inputting our opinion, not re-writing the constitution as our president is attemting with his healthcare plan. Just relax.

Having lived in Atlanta ALL OF MY LIFE, I have seen racism from all sides of the race aisle. Being a caucasian myself, I have even experienced so-called “reverse discrimination”. Does that both me? Not in the least.

Why is it that “honkey”, “cracker” and “white MF” can be said in our streets and on TV daily with impunity, while someone from ANOTHER culture (country even) can infer that a president likes fried chicken is linked to racism? Guess what, I like chicken too. Since I am not famous, I guess that the Chinese do not want to use my face for their advertising then do they? At least Obama will be remembered past his failed presidency for something other than his extreme liberal leanings and overt attempts to push this country into a European socialist society.

The “they” LL is referring to would include liberal racists like yourself that use slurs against others but feel empowered to lose their minds if a racial tone is even inferred by accident from other groups that do not even understand that their comments could be viewed as such.

I wish Herman Cain would make it to the primary, if anything just to take the race card off the table for liberal racists like yourself. Besides, he would destroy the community organizer in a logical debate in my opinion. Herman Cain represents many conservatives quite well with his positions on the economy and the government’s place in our lives. It would be great for him to run on his own merits rather than be slandered by liberal racists with magnificently thin skins when the tables are turned and logic is used by someone of their own race to address our countries woes. Typical of a liberal racist, you turn to “nasty speak” in lieu of logic to try and win your arguement.

Get Over IT!

SP

October 3rd, 2011
2:22 pm

Shame on them!!!

October 3rd, 2011
2:26 pm

They should be ashamed of themselves! They should have used dog! They know they eat dogs!!! To use a likeness of President Obama is crazy!

to Yep

October 3rd, 2011
2:34 pm

GIVE ME A BREAK!!! President Obama is NOT failing! Who cares what you think! I sure don’t. Racism is very much still here. Re read your post and it will show it is..starting with you! If anyone thinks that racism is dead they are racist, crazy or just stupid! In fact all of you racist people are REALLY starting to come out of the closet with your true colors of racism! All of ‘you people’ who tried to hide your racism in the beginning of his Presidency is starting to show your true colors! The longer President Obama is in office the more of you ‘red necks’ will show your racism! You all will just flip when he wins in 2012! I will vote for him again! Bush got us into this trouble, NOT Obama!

As far as people ‘allegedly’ going around calling people such as yourself ‘whit honkey’, cracker and all those other names…what time zone do YOU live in? I have NEVER heard ANY of that in the streets! Wow..you must have been really high when you typed your message! Wow…funny :)

reallly?

October 3rd, 2011
2:36 pm

I was born in korea and adopted in 1975 by american/ catholic irish/ white parents. Note the order in which i list it. There are too many Americans who DO NOT view themselves as ‘Americans’, and not all of it sprouts from hatred, but, perhaps b/c they are sometimes reminded they are different than the norm, and this, in return, causes emotions of dislike. Also, sorry to say this, some are stupid and ignorant as well. Yes, some ‘blacks’ are racist, but many of your ancestors (Caucasian folks) taught them to be this way. Lets not forget history.

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
2:38 pm

“President Obama is NOT failing!”

LMAO – thank you! I really needed a good laugh today

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
2:44 pm

@reallly?

I agree with you. If people would simply lose the hyphen and be Americans, we could all probably begin to act like one group of people, rather than groups who self-segregate themselves. I could call myself an Irish-European-Native American-American but I was born here, so I am simply an American.

Enough with the protected ‘classes’ of people. Our constitution guarantees equal opportunity, not equal outcome. Your success or failure in this country is completely on you, and anyone who works hard to succeed will. Anyone who can’t be bothered to work hard votes Democrat.

JayDuce

October 3rd, 2011
2:44 pm

I love how black people are the “new racists.” Meanwhile, we have Rick Perry whose camp is called “(N word) head”. We have a fraud on the immigration board who wants to preserve the white race. We had people who doubted the birthplace of the President, because of course, a black man with a funny name couldn’t actually be a legitimate presidential candidate. We had Democrat Robert Byrd, a klansman, who was a West Virgina politican FOR YEARS until his death.

Look, 99% of my dealings with people of all races has been favorable here in Georgia. But to suggest that somehow black people perpetuate racism is laughable at best, and asinine at worst.

Jeff Rothstein

October 3rd, 2011
2:48 pm

Most of the Schwartz I know hate white people.

This one guy said

October 3rd, 2011
2:49 pm

Oh my god I think I hate China now. I think a protest is in order mocking the words: STICK! TO! RICE! I’m so appalled.

THE Reverends Race Baiters, Sharpton/Jackson

October 3rd, 2011
2:54 pm

WHAT? We racists? We cannot be. We are Black.

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
2:58 pm

@JayDuce

I hate to break it to you but blacks aren’t ‘new’ racists. Racists exist in every single group and community and color and nationality. I’ve heard how latinos talk about blacks and how blacks talk about latinos and asians and whites – every single group is guilty of racism. My point is that the only people who stoke the flames of racism are those who financially benefit from it, or who use it to get special treatment because they are an ‘oppressed’ group. Anyone who disagrees with Obama is labeled a racist, but has it ever occurred to you that perhaps some of us disagree with his POLICIES and not his race? He is half my own race after all, a fact that many conveniently overlook. I don’t care what color he is. His policies are destroying the country I love and because of that I can’t stand him and can’t wait to see him get voted out next year. I love Herman Cain because his color has nothing to do with who he is and what he’s about. He’s a smart, educated man with EXPERIENCE in the private sector, and a deep love for America and what can be accomplished here by anyone who is willing to work for it.

truth hurts

October 3rd, 2011
2:59 pm

to Yep…I hope you are a 3rd grader on fall break. That is the most incoherent, rambling example of creative writing I have ever seen.

Yep is right

October 3rd, 2011
3:05 pm

Obama not failing?!?! You are as ignorant as you are racist!!!
To think racism is a one way street shows how apathetic you are toward true change. Where one culture doesnt advance by working, only wants it w/o effort, w/o risk of failure and w/o learning the only color that matters is green is to be the king of fools. Money is all that matters in politics, and marketing as you see here. Your lib-tard Dems you stand for will sell your soul for $1. Dont be so stupid to think you are waging a Holy War over your race. Race is the card thrown to defraud your intelligence, to create a diversion. Its a shame you are just too ignorant to see it.
More education, less drinking of the liberal cool aid and you will do what a large section of black America is doing…leaving the Oba-messiah’s side because what he says is pathtic, and acting on failed policies time and time again w/ your support shows we all are getting what YOU deserve!

Tears from a clown...

October 3rd, 2011
3:05 pm

Absolutely sickening. America should pat itself on the back once again for a job well done. Managed to spread its filth, hypocrisy, non-white stereotypes and ideologies across the world. The people on this blog want to debate about who is more racist than who. This is not only an gross molestation of our president but a molestation of all Americans. Since we all on both sides like to tout our academia I challenge you all to subjectively look at the numbers:

1865 – 13th amendment abolishes slavery
156yrs ago

1954 – Brown vs. Board of Education
57yrs ago

1964 – civil rights act
only 47yrs ago

Yep

October 3rd, 2011
3:06 pm

Dear God….. When can a man fail in his job simply because he is not up to the task? I really do not care about Obama’s race. He simply does not have what it takes to maintain the office of president. Obama’s presidency is already listed right next to Jimmy Carter’s as one of the worst periods in our nations history. I doubt if anyone wants another 4 years of despair that have followed this man. If anything, we really want real change for the better this time.

To Yep wannabee…. you need to open your eyes. How many movies like WHITE CHICKS, WHITE MEN Can’t jump or show’s like the WHITEST kids I know have we all seen on TV? What would happen if the shows used African American, Hispanic or Chinese? There would be a public outcry and anarchy on the streets because their heritage had been assaulted. I was in the airport just last Thursday in Las Vegas and I saw a French guy bump into a minority female and get called a white MF after he apologized profusely. You cannot defend stupidity. Most of us in this city see it every day first hand.

No one here is saying that only blacks perpetuate racism. I think that their is plenty of guilt within each race. We all should just be willing to step up to the plate and admit our failings. Their will always be racists from all sides of the aisle, some just have thicker skins than others.

Contentment Blues

October 3rd, 2011
3:07 pm

That’s going to be some expensive chicken!

Call it like it is

October 3rd, 2011
3:10 pm

Enough with all the silly racism talk, the important thing here is who has the best chicken? For me its a toss up between Popeyes and Po-Folks, yeah I called it po-folks and will continue to do so till the day I die.

Why?

October 3rd, 2011
3:11 pm

Why is it that no matter what issue comes up, the people that comment always….and I do mean always….find a way to make it about race instead of focusing on the real issue. What we should be talking about here is if it is legal to use an image that so closely resembles US President Barack Obama without his permission. Does China have a law for or against it? If China does not have a law like this, is KFC required to follow the laws of the United States since its business is based here? One reason I believe government does not get a lot done is because we allow our minds to focus on irrelevant things. Do better!!

Just Wondering

October 3rd, 2011
3:12 pm

Why is it people use terms like “blacks” and “the blacks” but never use “whites” and “the whites”? White is generally followed by the word people. Black is used as if referring to some inamimate object, animal or other non-human form.

George Mathis

October 3rd, 2011
3:16 pm

Yes, I agree with ‘Why?’ — let’s try to not comment about race, but about another country using the image of our president to sell a product.

Contentment Blues

October 3rd, 2011
3:17 pm

“Call it like i is” if that’s the best you can come up with as best chicken ever, you need your head checked. Chain restaurant chicken the best? Really? Po Folks jumped the shark back in the early 90’s when they changed to Folks anyways. Now had you said that for $4 these places have decent chicken, i may have agreed.

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
3:18 pm

@Just Wondering

Congratulations on creating a racist accusation out of thin air. Whites aren’t referred to as ‘the whites’ any more than blacks are, but I give you A for effort on trying to create a conspiracy where there is absolutely not one.

charles

October 3rd, 2011
3:18 pm

no more flied lice give me some o dat flied chicken!!!!!!!!

charles miller

October 3rd, 2011
3:19 pm

Enter your comments here

Just Wondering

October 3rd, 2011
3:21 pm

I was commenting specifically on how the word was used on several posts on this blog.

laydeeliberty

October 3rd, 2011
3:22 pm

okay – on topic (Sorry George)

China has no laws protecting trademarks or patents, their people have no rights and they are able to sell cheap items because they have no unions, no EPA restrictions, and nothing except their government to dictate what is allowed and what is not. It isn’t a picture of O, it’s just a likeness of him, so I seriously doubt there is any kind of legal retribution or action to be taken here. My guess is that they just equate him with fried chicken.

Contentment Blues

October 3rd, 2011
3:23 pm

those Chinese folks are gonna be pissed when they open an OFC fortune cookie after slobbing down a bucket of fried only to see there’s nothing in there.

Call it like it is

October 3rd, 2011
3:24 pm

“Contentment Blues” Man of course I have had better chicken, but we were talking fast food here. Theres this lady and son team in Alabama that has the best fried chicken in the world, and she serves them with greens, black eye peas and corn bread. Man thats some good stuff. She could put anybody’s face on her building and I would eat there. I would tell you where, but I’m not. My place ha!

Contentment Blues

October 3rd, 2011
3:28 pm

‘call it like it is’….. release the name of said chicken joint. That’s a low blow… hahah. Well played sir.

Roekest

October 3rd, 2011
3:30 pm

HA! First they clone our technology. Now they clone our worst fast food chicken chain. Downward spiral, me thinks!

SAWB

October 3rd, 2011
3:35 pm

Funny, some Asian Business owners put up a sign associating Obama with Fried Chicken and some of you say this proves White People are racist. This officially proves that the term racism means nothing anymore.

Tech'10

October 3rd, 2011
3:39 pm

Yes, Call it like it is, where is said chicken joint? Please!

The Chinese would have been better off cloning Popeyes.

Tech'10

October 3rd, 2011
3:40 pm

SAWB, I think you might be a racist for saying that the term racism doesn’t mean anything anymore. lolz…