By Erica Abbott
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An image purportedly showing a KFC restaurant located in Michigan abiding by Sharia law is not quite what it seems. While the photo is real and features separate lines for men and women, it was taken in Saudi Arabia, not the United States.
According to Snopes, the misleading meme that features a photo purportedly taken in “Dearbornistan, USA” (a reference to Dearborn, Michigan) circulated social media and is just one of many rumors centered around the city that has a growing Muslim population. A common misconception is that the city operates under Sharia law, leading to many false rumors about the community—the viral KFC meme being one of them.
“If they tell you Sharia hasn’t come to America they lie,” the meme reads. “The real ‘war on women’: Sharia law.” The photo used in the meme, however, was not taken in a Michigan KFC or anywhere near the U.S. It was originally taken in 2007 at a KFC restaurant in Saudi Arabia.
The photo caption on the Reuters website reads:
Muslim pilgrims line up at a KFC restaurant outside the Grand Mosque in Mecca December 13, 2007. Around 1.5 million Muslims from around the world are expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia for the haj pilgrimage. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji (SAUDI ARABIA)
WXYZ reports that “about 45 percent of the population in Dearborn is comprised of Arab Americans, many of whom are Muslim.” The city is also home to the Islamic Center of America. While Dearborn has been at the center of many rumors over the years, it is not true that a KFC restaurant or the city itself abides by Sharia law.
Here are some examples of people sharing the misleading image on social media:
Social Media Shares Misleading Image of KFC Restaurant In Saudi Arabia
SHARIA LAW …. NOT IN AMERICA? Coming to a KFC NEAR YOU SOON……. pic.twitter.com/eoezmeFW
— BOSSY MONICA (@LeMarquand) December 6, 2012
— Sgt. Rock’s Scowl (@CaterW) March 24, 2013
Sharia gender segregation at KFC USA:pic.twitter.com/jHzuRNhsAC”
— Fred Dibnah (@FredDibnah4) August 11, 2013
KFC Like Sharia? pic.twitter.com/1YiwPIbJtj
— Jukka Wallin (@JukkaWallin) February 9, 2014
— OrgConservAmericans (@OCAmericans) May 19, 2014
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