When I think of fried chicken, I think Colonel Sanders. And Colonel Sanders is the epitome of manly ruggedness, with his bolo tie, white linen suit, tiny mustache, and old Southern manners. So, it's a bit confusing for some that his characters is now being played by Reba McEntire in drag.
It's not clear if Reba is permanently on the job, or if she's just there to promote their new flavor Smoky Mountain BBQ, but this version of the Colonel sure throws a helluva hoedown:
Reba teased her transformation on her own Twitter account:
But not everyone is down with a woman Colonel Sanders. Is it sexism? Nostalgia for Rob Lowe's portrayal? Horror at the uncanny valleyness of Reba's costume? Disappointment that it's taken so long for KFC to catch up with the 21st century?
Always thought we'd have a woman president before we had a woman Colonel Sanders tbh.— taco belle & sebastian™ (@TimDuffy) January 26, 2018
Please bring back Norm Mcdonald as Col Sanders, he was awesome.— Rob Fairchild (@RSFairchild) January 26, 2018
But i'm happy to report that many, many more people are enjoying this change:
Reba, you have done done it again, 🙌🏽🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 & yes I do mean the KFC commercial!!!!!🙌🏽😂🔥🔥🔥 You should start back doing more commercials like this their could never be enough I LOVE THEM, YOU, & ALL THAT SASSINESS of yours 😂😂😂😂💖💖💖— 🌞Melnay🌞👸🏽♊️👸🏽👣👑🏵☀️🌳🍁🐊🌽🦐🤠☕️🍫🍯🍮🍭 (@SistaGirl21) January 26, 2018
I might actually eat KFC now... thank you Reba... I mean Colonel Sanders ;)— Candice Ryan (@IamCandiceRyan) January 26, 2018
REEEEBER!!! WTF (why the fudge) NOT? I'm happy women are finally getting more roles in entertainment!— J. Nusom (@jusnusom) January 26, 2018
According to Time, Reba thinks the whole stunt is finger lickin' good.
“I thought the transformation was really funny,” McEntire told reporters. “I got a big kick out of it.”
I get a big kick out of Reba McEntire, so if she wants to sell me fried chicken, I won't get angry about it.