U.S. President Barack Obama may be criticized for his handling of the economy but one very narrow market niche has done very well since America's 44th and current President began campaigning for the nation's highest office: Barack Obama lookalikes.
The “shanzai” (Chinese for “lookalike”) who stars in a recent commercial for KFC's Fish Fillet Soft Roll sandwich not only looks like the former Democratic Senator from Illinois (well, kinda), he sounds like him too. Check out this 25-second commercial in which Faux-'bama exhorts his audience to embrace “Change, not only for your Mom, but for you, your stomach, for a better taste!”:
The ad was aired on TV stations in the Hong Kong area shortly before Chinese President Hu Jintao made a well-publicized state visit to the USA in January of 2011.
It's unknown whether Hu and Barack discussed the state of KFC's menu and/or enjoyed KFC's new Fish Fillet Soft Roll sandwiches at either the invitation-only state dinner or during lunch at the State Department earlier in the day.
KFC Hong Kong ended up taking some heat over the ad campaign, which to nobody's surprise was not approved by the real Barack Obama.
In an attempt to defuse the controversy, KFC Hong Kong issued the following statement: “The ad was created in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong market only. It was meant to be a spoof and no disrespect was intended. It is no longer airing and will not be re-aired.”
Thanks to YouTube and teh Intartubes, though, the ad can be re-aired by anyone at anytime... even at lunch time. To quote Faux-'bama, “Mmm, change is good!” (via China Smack and Media-ite)