Kentucky Fried Chicken is making gift giving easier for all the millennials on your holiday shopping list.
The fast food chain has unveiled a slightly creepy and rather expensive hideout for snowflakes and anyone who needs a respite from the ravages of social media.
The Internet Escape Pod was unveiled by the chicken chain, just in time for Cyber Monday – and for anyone with $10,000 to spare.
Escape from Cyber Monday with our one-of-a-kind Internet Escape Pod. Let Colonel Sanders and his protective dome help take you back to a simpler, internet-free time. https://t.co/3oIcv6NDtY pic.twitter.com/6sYqmMv7TZ
— KFC (@kfc) November 16, 2017
“Find sanctuary for yourself and your loved ones under Colonel Sanders and his Internet Escape Pod. Yup, this dome is like a magic force field designed to disrupt the internet coming to and from your devices,” the KFC Ltd. site states.
“In the spirit of Cyber Monday it can be yours for $10,000. So this Cyber Monday (or really anytime you want; I mean you bought it, so it’s up to you), let Colonel Sanders’ protective embrace take you back to a simpler time,” the description continues.
The tent is “made from 8 pound high-density architectural foam and enamel paint,” according to KFC, and hey, it’s even supposedly made in the USA, though that didn’t seem to satisfy some social media users.
this is just creepy-weird and i am fearfully hoping that this is a very bad joke. . . love, all generation X-ers.
— Dr. John Rindy (@baldcareerguy) November 17, 2017
I am not taking refuge inside dead Colonel Sanders, but I appreciate the offer.
— Virgil Kay, Editor (@VIRGILKAY5) November 16, 2017
That is so wrong.
— Sandra F Woodward (@KySandy) November 18, 2017
No one in pr or marketing thought this was creepy? ??
— Joe Giardino (@JoeJardino) November 18, 2017
which in itself kinda freaks me out
— Robin Orlowski (@pioneergrrrl) November 19, 2017
“We’ve come up with several technologically advanced, creative experiences for our customers and fans this year,” KFC’s Director of Advertising, George Felix said in a statement. “But even we feel the burden of technology during the holiday season. So we decided to go in the opposite direction and create an anti technology product, using technology, to help one lucky buyer literally escape the holiday chaos.”
Nothing to see here. Just a few models with perfect teeth enjoying an empty KFC bucket inside a Faraday cage being lovingly embraced by an inflatable severed head and arms of Colonel Sanders. #marketing #tcot
— Nicomachus (@ShakesMcQueen) November 17, 2017
There are no “11 herbs and spices” making the tent a magical invisibility cloak from the internet but the combination of steel, stainless steel and mesh that covers the pod’s exterior is touted as making the tent impenetrable to digital signals.
But, this is after all, Kentucky Fried Chicken and not NASA.
“In case you haven’t noticed, our specialty is fried chicken, not internet-blocking cages. Although we have done our best to ensure total internet escape, a special person with a gizmo has to test our cage before we can claim total and utter signal impenetrability,” KFC said.
“Upon installation, every effort will be taken to ensure it fully blocks your device,” the site added. ” You have the Colonel’s word.”
Twitter users debated the product, the price and whether it was a real thing or more clever marketing from KFC.
I went through the process up until right before entering a credit card. I’m afraid for it to really charge me, ?
— .Иuxx//exe 「ナークス」 ˙ᴉɥ (@Nuxx_exe) November 17, 2017
That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen and the price is absurd. KFC must be struggling with sales
— MiMi (@berry10721) November 19, 2017
“It’s coming from inside the pod!”
“The Internet! It’s coming from the chicken! For heaven’s sake, get out of there now!”
— bmcnett (@bmcnett) November 17, 2017
four grown ass adults sitting in a tent in a white living room getting hugged by a chicken colonel. now I’ve seen everything.
— Jan Hauri (@jlhauri) November 18, 2017
It’s a bit expensive – Is there a promo code we can use to maybe save a few bucks?
— thejunkfoodaisle (@junkfoodaisle) November 16, 2017
when I die, please place my urn in the center of this so that I might be hugged as I ascend into heaven.
And have KFC cater my Celebration of Life.
— Norm D Guerre (@NormDGuerreIndy) November 17, 2017
Is the doorknob a chicken wing?… I want these on everyday door in my goddamn house. pic.twitter.com/p38uYHiuFx
— Charly (@charlottepage24) November 17, 2017
$10,000? I get two large sides and a drink with that, right?
And a cookie.
— Howard Wilson II (@stile99) November 16, 2017
This is horrifying, just look at his face.
LOOK AT IT
— sebastian sallean (@sebastiansallea) November 16, 2017
— Grizzly Case (@Grizzlykreiden) November 20, 2017
This looks like a deleted scene from an experimental film: Beth: “Get in this escape pod, Ben! We have enough food to last at least a week.” Ben: “So, what happens when we run out of food?” Dave: “We draw straws to see who gets eaten first.” Ben: “I’ll take my chances outside.”
— tyreese (@tyr2ese) November 19, 2017
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