Hitler – not the long-dead Nazi despot who mastermind the Holocaust, but the Thai fried chicken joint that sports his name and visage – may soon be forced to defend itself in court against Colonel Sanders’ legal team.
Kentucky Fried Chicken is mulling action against Hitler because its logo mimics that of KFC, the only difference being that Colonel Sanders’ head is replaced with that of Hitler, the American fried chicken empire told The Huffington Post on Friday.
“We find it extremely distasteful and are considering legal action since it is an infringement of our brand trademark and has nothing to do with us,” a spokesman for KFC’s parent company Yum! was quoted as saying.
The bizarrely named fried chicken restaurant, recently opened in Bangkok, was first outed by travel author Andrew Spooner in a tweet back in May:
Very bizarre Hitler Fried Chicken shop in Thailand. I kid you not. Complete with pic of Hitler in bow tie http://t.co/9OS1FgfUCx
— Andrew Spooner (@andrewspoooner) May 28, 2013
“Nobody quite knows what to make of it,” Alan Robertson, a 43-year-old resident of Bangkok, told Britain’s The Sun on Saturday. “I went in for a bite last week and got some fried chicken, which was pretty good, and asked the guy behind the counter why it was called Hitler. He just shrugged his shoulders and said the owners had thought it was a good image.”
“The Thai people are an odd bunch sometimes,” Robertson concluded.