Sexy Chicken ruffles feathers, is now on Twitter

Sep. 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM ET

Tony Cenicola / New York Times via Redux Picture /

The chicken that was just too sexy for her skin now has a voice, thanks to Twitter.

It all started when an image of a naked chicken, propped up like a '70s centerfold (bow-chicka-bow-wow), was featured as art Tuesday on an accompanying New York Times story about a growing obsession among chefs for crispy, greasy, tasty chicken skin.

While the image was buzzing (clucking?) all over Twitter, by Wednesday, PETA’s feathers were ruffled. The animal rights organization was not amused by the image, calling it “downright offensive.”

"When I saw it I just couldn't believe that an editor of The New York Times would find it acceptable," PETA's founder and president, Ingrid Newkirk, told The Atlantic Wire. "It's a plucked, beheaded, young chicken in a young pose," she said. 

But New York Times editors said it was just art. "My original concept was sort of a languid nude,” said Dining photo editor Tiina Loite, in a Times’ Lens blog post that shed more light on the story behind the sexy chicken. “Once [photographer Tony Cenicola] propped it up, it became a completely different vibe. The chicken had attitude.”

Then, Thursday night, using the Twitter handle @NYTchicken, Sexy Chicken started speaking up for herself. And, well, this chick’s got game.

While the #sexychicken hasn't hit the top trends yet, it's blowing up, and so far, Sexy Chicken is only following the KFC Colonel, New York Times Dining editor Pete Wells (hmmm, is that fowl play we smell?) and Chickens on Camera. Tell us, what do you think of this photo? Are you a fan of chicken skin?