Sunday, April 01, 2012
9952: ADCOLOR® To Honor Popeyes’ Annie.
The 2012 ADCOLOR® Awards and Industry Conference plans to honor Popeyes spokeswoman Annie the Chicken Queen with the prestigious All-Star Award. The gala event is scheduled for October 18-20, 2012, at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
“Annie symbolizes everything our 501(c)(6) trade association stands for,” explained ADCOLOR® Founder Tiffany R. Warren. “We’re pleased to add her to our illustrious honorees, representing true diversity champions who work together to further diversity and inclusion efforts in the advertising, marketing and media industries.”
“Everyone at our agency is thrilled to be a part of this recognition,” gushed GSD&M CEO Roy Spence, one of the originators of the popular campaign character. “Annie has always been committed to giving back—as well as giving hearty helpings of Popeyes Bonafide® Chicken, Popcorn Shrimp and Catfish Meals.”
“I cannot begin to express my sincere gratitude for this award,” said Annie the ADCOLOR® Honoree. “I haven’t been this excited since Popeyes beat KFC in a national taste test. I’m dancing, honey!”
2011 ADCOLOR® Catalyst Honoree Dan Wieden added, “I’ve always respected Annie for her courageous refusal to move to the back of the bus on that fateful day—December 1, 1955—in Montgomery, Alabama. Oh, wait a minute. That was Rosa Parks. My bad. But hey, Annie’s cool too.”
Awarding a coveted trophy to Annie the Chicken Queen also drew criticism. “I deserved to win over Annie,” huffed Diane Amos, The Pine-Sol® Lady. “That’s the power of cronyism, baby!”