David Alan Grier Jokes That KFC Has Made him the First Black Colonel Sanders

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Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new Colonel Sanders is black.

David Alan Grier announced on Twitter that he has been cast as the iconic Kentucky Fried Chicken colonel: “Breaking news: David Alan Grier has been cast as the first African American Colonel Sanders in the new KFC ad campaign.”

KFC responded via Twitter to the news, supporting Grier as their new frontman.

The role is a controversial one, as racist Alabama Gov. George Wallace is rumored to have once considered Sanders as a running mate for a segregationist third-party presidential bid in 1968. In more recent news, the #OscarsSoWhite controversy has also drawn attention to the lack of diversity in casting roles, and putting a black man as the face of KFC seems to fly in the face of the all-white showing at the recent awards ceremony.

Click here to see clarification by Kevin Hochman, KFC’s chief media officer.

SOURCE: The Grio

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