Residence: Nashville, TN
Date of Performance/Collection: 3/20/2013
Primary Language: English
“This has to do with KFC and umm for a long time, I never knew why my parents never went to KFC cause my family likes fried chicken, and I remember that I asked my mom one day.
She told me a story about when she was kid. Her and her sister would be walking to school. On the side of the road, there would always be this green slime. They didn’t know where it came from. It was weird. They never knew where it came from. They were from New York, but still it was just weird.
One day they were walking home from school, and her sister had a ball she was playing with and it rolled into the alley next to KFC. They went over to get it. While they were back there, a guy came out of the back of the KFC, and he had this big bucket. He dumped the stuff in the bucket out and it was the green slime. They didn’t know what chicken or process it came from, but they knew it was from KFC.”
The informant’s family has never gone to KFC. The informant says that she believes the story is true, but when she introduced the story, she said it was something that she wasn’t sure about. This could be since the legend came from the close source of her mother. Legends like this one about fast food restaurants with tainted food and mysterious chemicals have been very popular on the internet in particular, not necessarily because they are true but because they address the fear of what people are really eating and putting into their bodies. As people started to move away from cooking their own food, they no longer have the ability of watching their food be prepared, and especially at fast food restaurants where they get their food in such a short time, people start to become suspicious and worried. The informant, however, goes to other fast food restaurant, but she will never break her rule about KFC.