I’ve been mucking about on Twitter today, trying to track down a story about a poster. It seems that once upon a time, a few months ago, a poster appeared in the window of the Preston KFC (128 Bell Street). The poster contains a really awful sexist joke about Julia Gillard, one which may be traced back a few years. The earliest online example I could find of the poster in question appeared in July 2011…
kfc julia gillard snack pack lol http://t.co/QCyew4d
— Simon Wang ♕ (@simonwang12) July 7, 2011
…but the KFC theme has its origins in similar jokes made about Hilary Clinton back in the ’90s (as documented by snopes.com and indirectly referred to in a recent column in The Australian about #menugate). Anyway, to cut a long Twitter story short, the writer Anne Summers assures me that, based on a conversation she had with a journalist who witnessed it, the poster did indeed appear at the KFC in question. The only other detail I think worth adding at this stage is that local (Darebin) Greens councillor/comedian Trent McCarthy apparently contacted the shop and got the following response:
See also : Anne Summers, ‘More in Anger: The politics of gender in Australia in 2013’ (Emily’s List Oration 2013), June 19, 2013 [PDF].