Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Origins: While the history of the photo displayed above is not known to us, the age of the joke it makes is. As far back as 1993 (when Hillary Rodham Clinton became First Lady), the jape has been made at her expense, with versions of it continuing to surface ever since:
I did hear that Kentucky Fried Chicken has just honored the First Lady with a new offering, "The Hillary Special."
For only 99 cents you get two small breasts, and a couple of very large thighs, but the tax is four bucks.
[Collected on the Internet, 1996]
Kentucky Fried Chicken now has a "Hillary Special."
No breasts & two huge thighs.
Did you hear about the new endorsement Tonya Harding has lined up with KFC?
It's a lunch special: 2 small breasts, 2 large thighs and a club sandwich.
One point to note about this jest which moves it into the domain of folklore (in that the jokes we tell often say more about the thought processes and judgments of us, their tellers, than they do about the purported behaviors or physical traits of their targets) is the nature of the lampoon: it focuses not upon the actions of the character who is the butt of the joke, but upon physical appearance. Such denigration is more often the primary form of disparagement aimed at women (as opposed to jabs at their comportment), whereas men are more usually made figures of ridicule over their acts. More simply, a man will usually be mocked via a deadly comment about his voting record or predilection for telling lies; a woman will often be twitted about the size of her thighs or breasts.
Barbara "body of evidence" Mikkelson
Last updated: 15 January 2011