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This KFC Ad Has No Connection To the War On Gaza

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
Food & Beverages
20th February 2024
This KFC Ad Has No Connection To the War On Gaza
This KFC ad did not mock the displaced population of Gaza (X)

The Claim

KFC rediculed the suffering of people from Gaza in its ad.

Emerging story

Recently, accounts on the social media platform X have been circulating and ad of KFC showing a picture displaying the logo, the hashtag " #NoTentsJustChicken," as well as an emoji of a tent and on top of it a block emoji accusing KFC of ridiculing the suffering of Palestinians who were compelled to relocate to tents in Rafah.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating image and found the claim to be misleading. 

The KFC Ad Did Not Mock Gaza’s Displaced Population 

Misbar's team found that the ad has no connection to the current war in Gaza, as it was labeled with the hashtag "KFC Antigua," and Antigua is a country composed of the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean Sea.

The actual background centers on Antigua where a local company called APUA experienced the theft of an event tent. In an effort to locate the missing item, they posted on social media.

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 The KFC ad was making a reference to this incident

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While numerous multinational corporations are impacted by the conflict in Gaza, McDonald's and Starbucks stand out as key targets and are experiencing the repercussions. Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan disclosed during an earnings call that the coffee giant observed a decline in sales in the early months of 2024, leading to a drop in its stock value. Narasimhan noted, “We witnessed a negative effect on our operations in the Middle East,” attributing some impact in the U.S. to misunderstandings regarding the company's stance on the events in the Middle East.

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