Would you wait in a long line if "KFC" offered an extra herb and extra spice in its secret recipe?
The "Boondocks" mocked the frenzy behind fast food launches in its latest episode "Fried Chicken Flu." The KFC-Oprah debacle when KFC ran out of the grilled chicken in 2009 was the prototype for this spoof, but the spirit of the Double Down and Monsterburger lives on in this episode.
The cars wait in long lines; before Grandpa and Riley get to the front of the line, "Kernel's Fried Chicken," as they call it, runs out of chicken. One person runs their car into the place in frustration.
Even as the chicken is feared to make people sick -- the "Fried Chicken Flu" -- people keep eating the chicken as the TV announcer noted people were "willing to risk life and limb for a leg and a thigh."
The Boondocks had a classic episode in its first season in 2006 -- "The Itis" -- spotlighting the world of soul food. Aaron McGruder, the Boondocks creator, gave us a peek into the Luther Burger, named after the late singer Luther Vandross, a bacon cheeseburger with Krispy Kreme donuts for the buns.
A little hysteria will always be the American way -- and fast food places will always try and do whatever they can to draw attention to themselves. So it was fun to see that world get a much needed spoof.
The Boondocks airs Sunday night at 11:30 pm Eastern on the Cartoon Network. The repeat of this episode airs Saturday night at 11:30 pm Eastern.