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Posted on 04/04/2012 3:38:11 PM PDT by Libloather
Mary J. Blige's Burger King ad: 'Racist' or just 'hilarious'?
By The Week's Editorial Staff | The Week 8 hrs ago
What's in the ad?
The clip features Blige standing on a table in a Burger King restaurant surrounded by flashing disco lights singing about its new chicken wraps, which are part of a healthier new menu the chain is rolling out. Adapting her popular song "Don't Mind" to new lyrics, she belts out the wrap's ingredients: "Crispy chicken, fresh lettuce, three cheeses, ranch dressing wrapped in a tasty, flour tortilla."
How is that racist?
The product at the center of the clip fried chicken "comes peppered and seasoned with all sorts of racist connotations," says Kenneth Partridge at TheBoomBox. And even if the connection was unintentional, the sight of a "black woman espousing the virtues of fried chicken is never a pleasant thing to behold," says Rich Juzwiak at Gawker.
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Somebody has WAY too much time on their hands.........
Unfortunately, this country has been the victim of the Johnson era, and its free this and free that "Great Society". And part of the outcome was the breakdown of the black American family. Thank you for your kind attention.
How is this racist at all? I eat fried chicken....I’m white. Is fried chicken racist now? Explain this.
Mr. Juzwiak's comment is the liberal collectivist mindset in a nutshell. Ms. Blige probably LIKES fried chicken. As an INDIVIDUAL, she has a perfect right to endorse a product SHE enjoys.
But Juzwiak says she must not "espouse its virtues" because the "collective" (mostly white liberals) finds it inappropriate.
Agree with your comment. I wouldn’t have thought anything of this ad if not for these two bloggers pointing out, in their mind, that black people like fried chicken. Does anyone besides me ever notice that it’s usually while liberals who try to stir up anything as “racist” while I’d wager anything that most black people who saw this ad would think nothing of it?
They be thinkin': "Mmmm! Good chicken!" Why do you think Burger King is running it?
It shows a black woman singing about chicken. Can't get any more racist than that.
Hmmmmm, I’ve seen a lot of Mickey D’s ads that I thought were pandering and best and racist at worst.
Not a peep out of the race baiters.
I wonder why?
“black woman espousing the virtues of fried chicken is never a pleasant thing to behold,”
I guess this guy has never had really great fried
I eat chicken, I even raise my own chickens, I am white, so I much be a racist.
Ok, now I need to know what other races I might be offending with the raising and eating of my ducks and geese??
I have a dog, but I don’t eat dog.... okay, what race eats dogs?
The Chinese folks should like me, because I don’t even own a cat.
True story: My wife had a Black boss for several years. At all office bbq’s he would bring his own bucket of chicken. I used to tease him about it. He was recently demoted and transferred. The office had a going away potluck for him..... I bought him a bucket of chicken. He got a kick out of it.
I will probably be going to racist prison.
Of course you can, she could could have added:
"Try their tasty ribs too! say girl pass me dat watermelon"
I had a wisecrack I wanted to post here, but I decided it would be taken as racist.
Did he notice a white guy is the one asking about the chicken? Does the customer realize he's not allowed to eat that? And what's with the white dancing - they are obviously relishing their inability to have any rythmn? And what's with the kids wearing crowns, they're supporting the monarchy! Oh the humanity!!!!!
Can I vote “neither?” How about it’s just a boring ad?
Let them rave on that men shall know them mad....
That comment is racist.
I like chicken, greasy ribs and I like watermelon. Heck, I like grits and cornbread too. Some of my favorite music artists are Black.... I LOVE the Blues and I am even learning how top play a harmonica!
Damn, I just realized that I might be a Black man trapped in a cracker-ass body!!
Somebody PLEASE..... HELP ME!!
Fried chicken is certainly a staple in soul food, and thus I can see thin-skinned liberals complaining that it is “stereotypical” to have a black person hawk fried chicken (not that it wouldn’t be a stupid complaint). But if this was a chicken wrap, then IT WOULDN’T EVEN FIT INTO THE FRIED CHICKEN STEREOTYPE. The soul-food staple is fried chicken still on the bone, not breaded chicken strips, much less breaded chicken strips in a wrap. So cries of racism here are beyond idiotic.
What about being wrapped in a Tortilla is that Racist???
how top play a harmonica!= how to play an harmonica!
Isn’t Blige the singer who witnessed a shooting in the recording studio and decided to not “snitch?”
The woman got paid to do a commercial about fried chicken. I like fried chicken. I like the white meat and the dark meat.
This is more dumb liberal astroturfing. Of course no one is bothered by the Popeye's Chicken spokeslady. What is wrong with people?
LOL.... I just sent my wife an email telling her that I now want greasy Southern fried chicken for tonights dinner.
I am a Black man trapped in a cracker-ass body.
“And even if the connection was unintentional, the sight of a “black woman espousing the virtues of fried chicken is never a pleasant thing to behold,” says Rich Juzwiak at Gawker.”
I thought that the KFC Double Down commercial was a little bit racist.
Oh and FWIW I love fried chicken though I am partial to Popeye’s when it comes to fast food chicken. It is so stereotypical here in Portland. There are two of them within about two miles of one another on MLK avenue. Really, you can’t make this stuff up.
You may want to consult your attorney before answering that question.
When they put those items on the menu, the racial bonfire hit the fan.
I can survive just fine without watermelon.
Reminds me of Dave Chapelle’s white people/guitar music bit:
I like watermelon too. The people that scream racist at things like this ARE THE stereotype perpetuating racists. Who doesn’t like fried chicken and watermelon? Anyone here?
LOL... I hate that game. But I think it’s because of those damn white cells in my blood. ;>)
Like basketball and hate golf as well as have an aversion to mayonnaise, you should seek help.
My son was in the Navy going through the mess line with some buddies as they looked for a place for four to sit at in the crowded mess, but only ones or twos were available. he then said, wait here, I'll get us a spot.
He grabbed a handful of mayonnaise packets then sat down at a table of all blacks. He set the packets in front of him and started to open them up:
"You ain't going to eat that shit are you?" said one guy.
He then took it and squirted it directly into his mouth.
The table emptied.
Ditto that! I love fried chicken, dark meat preferably, and can’t stand watermelon. Where does that leave me?
Then I guess the fact that I have, at least once, gone to a restaurant owned and operated by a black family and ordered fried chicken is a mark of racism rivaling that of the klan...
That was funny.
You seriously had me LMAO.
fourth of July picnic?
PS: be sure to read the comments!
To quote Michael Palin in “Holy Grail”, “I’m being oppressed!”. But wait, how much did Ms. Bilge, or is it Blige, “earn” from the oppressors for subjugating her race to the insensitivity of them enticing people of all races to consume their “tasty” morsels of deep fried reconstituted chicken parts? (And why isn’t she giving her fair share?)
That be double racist, gringo!
I’m just a white Southerner, but every food they say is black—except for chitlins—I like.
In fact, fried chicken, greens, peas, banana pudding with nilla wafers, watermelon, corn bread, bisquits with pot licker, chicken fried steak, sweet taters, pulled pork, ribs, grits, etc, etc are my very favorite foods and I am not going to give them up to the black race only!
We must share!
I don’t get it.
Looks more like a bad SNL skit and won’t be surprised to see it on SNL.
Hmmm. I’ll give them a pass on this one but I draw the line if they wrap a watermelon.
Yeah, I didn’t understand that statement.