“Kentucky Meals” Rumor Used In Possible Attempt To Discredit Egyptian Protesters

by Gabe Bullard on February 7, 2011

In Egypt, word has been spreading that anti-government protesters have been eating food from KFC. But as the Los Angeles Times reports, the rumors may be an attempt to discredit the demonstrators.

“A meal at KFC can cost what locals make in an entire day or even a week, making it inaccessible to many Egyptians. And KFC became a proxy for anger about perceived Western interference,” writes Raja Abdulrahim. Abdulrahim’s story follows Rehab Salah, who went to Tahrir Square to find out the truth about the KFC rumors she had heard. If the protesters were indeed eating the expensive food (colloquially called Kentucky meals), it could cast doubt on their means and motivation.

But Salah found no trace of the Colonel in Tahrir Square. Abdulrahim notes, “Tahrir Square does have a KFC restaurant, but it has been closed since the protests began Jan. 25. Its glass doors are locked and graffiti has been spray-painted along the front: “No Mubarak.” A temporary clinic has been erected in front of the restaurant, and the sick and injured lay on blankets underneath the KFC sign.”

The article cites another example of the Louisville-based fast food chain symbolizing western society: a KFC in Pakistan was burned in the riots that followed the 2006 publication of a Danish cartoon depicting the prophet Muhammad.

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Frank February 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Eating KFC means they were likely paid to demonstrate? What a laughable stretch of the imagination! You know nothing of the people eating KFC…if indeed they were. Maybe they make enough? Maybe they had a coupon? Maybe they stole it? Maybe they went dutch? Or maybe they went in on a bucket? Give it break. There could be any number of reasons someone was sitting there eating a Double Down…it does NOT mean they were paid off!

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