This morning we woke up to ‘Jentucky Fried Chicken’ trending on Twitter. Normal, right? Well no actually, most of us were left scratching our heads and suddenly really craving KFC.
What the hell is jentucky fried chicken and why is it trending pic.twitter.com/o6zteWnvix
— Patrick McDuff (@patrick_mcduff) August 12, 2020
So where did it all start?
It all started with an old Reddit thread joking about what runs through your mind when you see the abbreviation “jfc.”
But that thread happened two years ago…why is it trending today?
Apparently it’s because Twitter got rid of a bunch of top trending tweets because they were racist. These tweets were primarily Trump supporters attacking Kamala Harris. And as a result of the major tweet swipe, the new top trending tweets became those with the next highest amount of traffic and THAT’S how we got to talking about Jentucky Fried Chicken today.
are y’all done pic.twitter.com/Nk7kXzzmUn
— G (@ripgiannaa) August 11, 2020
Pretty crazy. But what’s more amusing is how people have been reacting to Jentucky Fried Chicken trending on Twitter.
For one, tweets about this woman’s outfit are making its rounds. Twitter has unofficially dubbed her as “Jen.”
Since Jentucky Fried Chicken is trending:
1) WHERE ARE THEIR SHOES?
2) WHY IS NO ONE IN THIS PIC, INCLUDING THE @KFC EMPLOYEE, WEARING A MASK??!!
3) Why are they talking AROUND the barrier?
— Ashlix (@SceneByAshlix) August 12, 2020
Others joked about the possibility of a woman named Jen buying out KFC.
Thinking there might be a new colonel coming, and she might be named Jen, hence the Jentucky Fried Chicken.
Or, someone is simply having a laugh at us because it is 2020 after all. pic.twitter.com/jSPNbfMPsF
— Kristie “Wears a Mask” Wells (@kristiewells) August 12, 2020
I don't know who this Jen woman is, but she's gonna have a big lawsuit for her new food chain, Jentucky Fried Chicken. Colonel Sanders is coming for you! 🤣
— 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷Tg0816 🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹 (@Tg0816123) August 12, 2020
Speaking of Colonel Sanders…
To capitalize on the joke, Kentucky Fried Chicken CHANGED THEIR TWITTER HANDLE to “Jentucky Fried Chicken.”
— Tricia A. Howard 🖤 Black Lives Matter (@TriciaKicksSaaS) August 12, 2020
And of course, whenever KFC is trending, everyone is always reminded of how they are literally only following 11 people; six Herbs and the five Spice Girls. We have to hand it to their social media team, they’re always on their game.
I would like to use this opportunity to point out that KFC has temporarily changed their name to Jentucky Fried Chicken since that's trending, and that they are only following 11 people– 6 Herbs and 5 Spice Girls.
Thank you for having a sense of humor. pic.twitter.com/KFAonpsrKY
— Raw Naked Art (#RNA) (@RawNakedArt) August 12, 2020
But anyway, back to Jentucky Fried Chicken. Obviously we are all wondering what that poor person who started this must be thinking right now.
Someone somewhere out there on the internet after making Jentucky Fried Chicken trend on Twitter and making everyone lose their shit on why it's trending. pic.twitter.com/bI2RVSrkyR
— Maken Tosch (@Henry_Haphorn) August 12, 2020
And lastly, we can’t neglect to point out that a lot of people genuinely thought Jentucky Fried Chicken was trending because our President was tweeting about it. I don’t know what it says about our country…
I saw Jentucky Fried Chicken and just assumed Trump had tweeted his breakfast order instead of texting it to Melania.
(And misspelled it, of course)
— Santiago Mayer (@santiagomayer_) August 12, 2020
Jentucky Fried Chicken is trending? No clue what it is, but isn't this the best gif ever? pic.twitter.com/wp0W557uG7
— Oh It's You Dave 🌸 (@OhHeyItsYouDave) August 12, 2020
But at the end of the day, some people just don’t even care anymore.
Don’t think I’ve got enough curiosity left to even care why Jentucky Fried Chicken is trending… pic.twitter.com/YfddRyK1Nx
— teatime75 (@teatime75) August 12, 2020
The consensus seems to be that yes, this is pretty stupid, but it’s also been super entertaining. Hopefully you enjoyed investigating this as much as we did and it’s given you a little break from this week’s anxiety.