Colonel Sanders breaks into the U.N. as a publicity stunt

KFC 'colonel' dupes UN security. A man dressed as Kentucky Fried Chicken's "Colonel Sanders" gained access to restricted areas of the UN last Thursday, where he posed for pictures under the giant UN logo and shaking hands with the UN General Assembly president, Dr. Ali A. Treki of Libya. Only problem is, the real colonel died in 1980, as we adgrunts know. This is what you get for bring people back from the dead all the time, adland. Like Orville Redenbacher and the Jolly Green Giant, the Colonel will never die.

"It should not have happened -- that I will stress, and very strongly," said Michele Montas, spokeswoman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
"There was some lapse in security and the individual in question . . . was, on the initiative of one security guard, taken . . . into the UN."

This was a publicity stunt by the fast food chain, who dispatched the Sanders look-alike, identified by KFC as Robert Thompson, and also wrote to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asking him to register the "Grilled Nation" of grilled chicken eaters as the 193rd UN member state. The letter was signed by KFC president Roger Eaton, and the U.N Spokeswoman Montas warns that they will probably take legal action against KFC.


Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel Sanders - Good Chicken! - (1979) :30 (USA)

For more of the Colonel way back then, see What's for dinner? and Sanders Home for our oldest KFC ads.

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