Mike Myers and the Colonel

Published by PETA.

At PETA, we sometimes embrace things that others might call “bizarre,” like Andy Dick’s interview as Ronald McDonald with Jiminy Glick.

So when people started ringing our phones wanting our reaction to the recent news that Mike Myers is “kind of obsessed” with painting KFC’s Colonel Sanders, we might have puzzled some callers who assumed we’d be alarmed or offended to learn about his muse. We’re not. Monet may have had his water lilies but, hey, not all artists are inspired by foliage.

Besides, at the recent premiere of Shrek Forever After, the actor/funnyman/artist told our own Senior Vice President Dan Mathews that after watching a PETA video, he doesn’t eat chicken anymore.

That’s no surprise, really—after all, like art, many individual’s attitudes are ever-evolving—and countless caring people have kicked KFC’s unhealthy buckets from their diets.

So we’re thankful that one more person has chosen not to support the appalling cruelty that’s imposed upon billions of chickens, and we’ll daydream that Mike Myers might one day honor us with a gift of one of his renderings of the Colonel. If we paired it with our crippled KFC chicken statue from artist Harry Bliss, we could add immeasurable artistic flair to our Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaign.

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