A Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial promises their new Hot Shot Bites are “like a slap in the face”. And the commercial quite literally depicts an actual slap in the face—a girl in a bar slaps the man who gives her a KFC Bite.
What do you think? Is violence like this ever acceptable in a commercial? What if it was two men in the commercial—and one man slapped another man? It’s certainly likely that you’d never see a man slap a woman in a commercial. Are all attempts at comedic violence off limits? What about in sitcoms or other forms of media? Why do you think society is so much more accepting of female on male violence?
Also, what’s really the deal with all the “roll reversal” in the media lately? Is it something like a “take that …” or “payback …” or even “how does it feel …” type of thing?
If you do think the commercial went too far and would like to see KFC take it down, a petition has been started on Change.org here.