Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Talladega outrage!

It's an outrage. An outrage!!!!

Talladega Superspeedway wants to break a world record this weekend. It plans to ask about 125,000 people to do "The Chicken Dance," which would nearly double the existing record of 72,000 set at a fair in Canfield, Ohio, in 1996.

The record attempt is being sponsored by KFC, and the animal rights advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has a problem with that. PETA said it will ask the folks with the Guinness Book of World Records not to certify the record because of its issues with how KFC treats chickens.

Isn't that the dumbest thing you've ever heard?

No, not the PETA part.

People who don't want to eat meat don't bother me. I figure it's their loss. More for the rest of us who don't mind being at the top of the food chain. (Besides, how exactly would a company that's in the business of killing chickens so people can eat them ever get on PETA's good side?)

The outrage here is that Talladega Superspeedway has the gall to ask 125,000 good, decent NASCAR fans to actually do "The Chicken Dance."

If you're not familiar with "The Chicken Dance," congratulations on a life well-lived. It's a pox (pun intended) on humanity. Announcers as minor league baseball games and racing short tracks have been inducing crowds to participate in it for years, and that's bad enough. But the idea of 125,000 doing at one time is mass humiliation.

"If this record is allowed, it could encourage other animal abusers to attempt silly feats that make a mockery of animal protection," Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of PETA, told the newspaper in Birmingham.

The species being mocked in "The Chicken Dance" isn't chickens. You don't see chickens doing the Electric Slide, the Macarena or, God forbid, the Shag do you?

I have to be honest. I smell a rat. I know how people who work for race tracks think. I would just about bet you that somebody from Talladega Superspeedway sought out PETA on this one.

By making sure PETA is lined up against the record-breaking effort, the track allows fans to mask their shame of participating as an act of defying the unpopular animal rights group. Stand up to PETA! Make a fool of yourself! That will show them!

Don't fall for it, folks. "The Chicken Dance" is neither poultry nor is it dance.

What it is is an outrage.


Anonymous said...

Something tells me that there will be a group of people dumb enough to fall for this. And oddly they will all be wearing green, unless they do not have any of the newer stuff, in which case they will be wearing faded red.

Anonymous said...

I suspect there would have been a much different spin if this had been planned for Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Anonymous said...

That's right, David! We can't have people having FUN at the race track, now can we? Just sit down, shut up, and stare at the infield until the race starts, that's what they oughta be doing.

Anonymous said...

I'd pay the price of admission just to watch Poole "dance" the chicken..just thinking about it makes me smile. Poole doing the chicken...think about it people.

Anonymous said...

So if this is indeed a world record, and the event is sponsored by KFC, what's in it for anyone who participates? A free bucket of chicken?

I listened to most of the show today, but didn't hear the end. I sure hope the producers played that music on the way out of the show since Poole promised to turn his ISDN box off for the day at about 7:10 if they did it again during the show.

Richard in N.C. said...

A tale full of sound and feathers, signifying nothing.

Anonymous said...

I'm outraged that KFC in Canada offers a faux-chicken option and KFC in the States does not.

Anonymous said...

Yes people do what the man says. He says do the chicken dance and all of you will be doing it. Idiots.

Texan-American said...

Hey, they should do it during the first 150 laps. That way there would be some excitement at the track.

Texan-american said...

Het, they should do it during the first 150 laps. That way there would be some action at the track

Anonymous said...

First, if something like this did make the record book and you had no issues with eating chicken, and you were given a choice of one of the following, which would you choose? Participate along with 125,000 other people and lay claim to the record as partially yours, or don't?
You speak of humiliation in this, so let speak on it also. If I were asked to humiliate myself (as you put it)alone then I would decline with a polite no thank you, but what if they asked me to do it along with 125,000 other people, and that's a lot of folks, then sure, why not go for it? I wouldn't be singled out in a crowd as one who participated in it unless I mentioned it first. So yeah, let me grab hold of part of that record breaking event and crack a little smile whenever I see it in that big book of records.

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Hey, did you guys hear about Jimmie's FInish during the race. It really was a case of dumb luck!

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Sigh said...

When was the last time somebody (or a lot of people) did the Chicken Dance at peta headquarters in Norfolk, VA?
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