On September 27th, The New York Times ran this picture along with an article on the quest for perfectly cooked chicken.

The picture featured a plucked and “naked” chicken propped up in a sort of centerfold “pose.” Tiina Loite, photo editor, came up with the concept:

“My original concept was sort of a languid nude,” said Ms. Loite, who looked at hundreds of chicken pictures while envisioning the shoot.

-The New York Times/LENS


Almost overnight, the “Sexy Chicken” went viral and she now has her own Twitter account, @NYTChicken. Not everyone is amused and according to the PETA website, President Ingrid Newkirk, had this to say:

…”When I saw it, I just couldn’t believe that an editor of The New York Times would find it acceptable,” she told The Atlantic Wire. “It’s downright offensive, not just to people who care about animals but to anyone. It’s a plucked, beheaded, young chicken …. [That's] necrophilia. It’s not amusing. It’s just sick.”

It looks like things are heating up on Twitter. Two hours ago this exchange was posted:


Does PETA have a point comparing a “decapitated & amputated” chicken to a puppy? What do you think? Hilarious or offensive? Answer our poll:

Photo by: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times