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?
But i’m happy to report that many, many more people are enjoying this change:
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.