The supposed racist KFC ad:
On the one hand, it seems pretty bad on first look, at least to someone brought up with an American perspective on what seems like a straightforward racial issue. On the other hand, the criticism that since this involves Australia and the West Indies, American intuitions do not apply. I have two problems with it though:
KFC is an US company. I find it hard to believe that there would be no knowledge of the potential appearance of the spot. I would think that KFC would constantly be on the lookout for racial interpretations like this. They're a US fried chicken company.
The other problem I have has to do with this response: "This ad was shown during cricket matches between Australia and the West Indies. If England had been playing at the time, the ad would have shown the bloke feeding chicken to the Barmy Army to make them sit down and shut up." I'm not sure about this. Watching the commercial, the Australian dude says he's in an awkward situation. I don't know anything about cricket but I don't see how his situation could be interpreted as particularly awkward. They're not all wearing West Indies jerseys so you can't suggest that they are all West Indies fans. (Unless you want to suppose that there are no black people in Australia or at least none that could be rooting for the Australian team.) And no one is hostile in any way. In fact, it's a bloody party atmosphere. Where's the awkwardness?
Of course, I'm don't know much about cricket fans. What do you think?