Giant Chicken Ethics

An amazing number of readers sent me links to the story about the giant inflatable chicken with Trump hair stationed near the White House.

Is this an ethics matter? Well, let’s think about that.

As stupid protests go, this one is more entertaining than most. The chicken is intrinsically amusing.

Yet it is still just an ad hominem insult. Any group putting up an inflatable animal sporting Obama ears in a similar position would be immediately condemned as racist. Like the naked Trump statues that were put up over night in some cities, the chicken is nothing but another “I hate the President” primal scream. It’s not productive. It’s not constructive. It’s not polite. It is a less offensive gesture than hanging or burning an effigy, but just barely. It’s better than “Fuck Trump” and “Not My President!”, but this is just the “it’s not the worst thing rationalization.”

Then there is the “Back to the Future” problem. You will recall, I hope,  that in the greatest film trilogy of all time, protagonist Marty McFly’s fatal flaw was that he could not stop himself from accepting a challenge, however foolish, once he was called “chicken.” Until Marty finally overcomes this flaw, he is is doomed.

Is this really a prudent time to call President Trump a chicken?

I think not.

22 thoughts on “Giant Chicken Ethics

  1. My opinion is that the chicken was put there to insult and try to provoke extreme negative reaction from Trump, like antagonizing a drunk to drink, telling a person suffering from paranoid schizophrenia that government vehicles were observing them, or telling a person suffering from teraphobia that there really are monsters under their bed after they go to sleep, etc etc.; aren’t these kinds of things considered unethical.

  2. I’m not a Trump fan, but if he were clever, he’d have the thing popped and then tweet a picture of himself with fried chicken.

  3. Jack,

    Read the following in a jocular, playful tone:

    “… protagonist Marty McFly’s fatal flaw was that he could not stop himself from accepting a challenge, however foolish, once he was called “chicken.”

    Fake news. If you’re ACTUALLY remember, there is no mention of Marty’s fear of being thought a coward in Part 1, and was instead introduced in Part II (then subsequently retconned into the first) when Griff calls him (playing his son) “chicken” in the Cafe 80s.


    “You will recall, I hope, that in the greatest film trilogy of all time …”

    Back to the Future is, indeed, the greatest movie of all time (and appropriately so, as it took almost a decade to make); however, Parts 2 and 3, while fun, largely rehashed the tropes of the first film with only the setting changed (especially considering that the writer’s had all of human history at their disposal and yet the sequel is little more than a nostalgic trip back into the first film).

    • Oh, I think the second film is the best #2 film ever, even better than Godfather II, in large part because of the hilarious cliff hanger ending, when Doc sends Marty home, and Marty immediately runs out from behind a car. #3 is, of course, a Western, and you know what I think about Westerns.

      Whether we see Marty exhibit his flaw in Film #1, we know he’s done it at least three times by the end of the movie (the Western version of Marty’s nemesis calls him yellow (i know the Trump chicken is white) but really the same thing.

      Zoltar hasn’t been quoting the Urban Dictionary here lately, but there’s an entry called “The Marty McFly Complex: A character flaw of pride, in which a individual will take unnecessary risks or do dangerous acts if their courage is questioned, such as being called a chicken or a coward.

  4. It’s a pretty chicken shit thing to do. Of course the “progessives” in Resist! must think it’s hilarious. Anyway, I wish we’d bring back the draft and send as many as possible to boot camp.

    • I don’t think they (progressives) do think it’s funny. They’re so grim, like stern old men with gimlet eyes sending sinners to the stocks.

  5. Is this really a prudent time to call President Trump a chicken?

    I think not.


    While Freedom of Speech is a right, “speaking truth to power” when the guy who has the authority to order a nuclear first strike is, um, a little sensitive about his manhood is… imprudent.

    That’s true whether the person concerned has a reputation for firing those who don’t tell him only what he wants to hear, or whether he has a reputation for shooting them. It’s the whole “millions of deaths could result” thing rather than loss of job, or loss of head.

    If the media truly believed what they are saying about Trump, it would only be prudent to act more like hostage negotiators, flattering his ego and licking his – er – boots, to avoid catastrophe rather than acting like antagonistic journalists. You know, the way they do in North Korea.

    President Donald Trump labeled … Kim Jong Un “a pretty smart cookie” in a wide-ranging interview aired Sunday.

    “At a very young age, he was able to assume power. A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie,” Trump told CBS News in an interview on “Face the Nation.”

    Trump later added that the issue of North Korea was “maybe more important than trade.”

    “Trade is very important. But massive warfare with millions, potentially millions of people being killed? That, as we would say, trumps trade,” he said.

    • What is your point in quoting Trump saying Un is a smart cookie?

      Saul Alinski and Machiavelli were also smart cookies. Saying someone is smart is not the same thing as endorsing their actions. Would you prefer him to underestimate the enemy?

  6. After I heard the Super Chicken theme, I realized that the inflated bird on the Ellipse is actually an homage to Super Chicken, not a dig at Donald Trump.
    The resemblance between the chicken and the President is simply a coincidence.

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