The French

From Taranto's Best of the Web, which you NEED to read every day.

Playing Poulet
"Two years after relations between the US and France soured over the Iraq war, French-bashing in America appears alive and well in light of a recent ad campaign by a fast-food chain linking France and cowardice," Agence France-Presse reports:
The ad by the Subway chain touted a cordon bleu chicken sandwich with the words "France and chicken, somehow it just goes together." A photo of a chicken dressed like Napoleon accompanied the advertisement.
Subway ran the ads in about 10 US states for nearly a month and pulled them in September following an outcry by members of the French expatriate community and other customers offended by the racist undertone.
Mark Bridenbaker, a spokesman for Subway, which has outlets in France, defended the campaign telling AFP it was aimed at lauding French cuisine.
"The perfect match of French cuisine and the Subway chicken . . . that was the intent of this advertising," he said. "But once we realized that people were taking offense, we removed everything from stores right away."
OK, first of all, the French are weasels, not chickens. Second, it's pretty rich for the people who run a company that knuckles under to "an outcry by members of the French expatriate community" to be calling anyone chicken.


George said...

Rob, man,

Don't fscking tell us what we "NEED to read every day" — part of the point of a damn blog (a.k.a. "web log") is that we can waste our daily half-hour on some stuff we consistently like, and be gradually introduced to other crap. When I notice I've liked a linked-to blog a number of times, I'll put it in the little Blogs folder in my toolbar (OK, in the rapidly-filling Blogs2 folder).

Just venting my spleen (pancreas?).

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Robert said...

Sorry George, you do in fact NEED to read BOTWT daily. Not negotiable.