Ad yanked after accusations of stereotyping? Lord, have mercy. People on the left are so sensitive about everything. The black women-oriented website Madame Noire, instead of being proud of Mary J. Blige’s accomplishments as a successful and very wealthy singer —who can make her own decisions— they trash her. Because they think it’s below her and or racist because she is in a Burger King commercial. But rapper music videos with their bitches and hos don’t bother them? I get it, stereotypes are bad when it comes to fried chicken and black people liking it, and you are racist for associating the two in a BK commercial.
Burger King and Mary apologized, pulled the ad, then redid it. Both denied it.
Who cares? I’ll just add Burger King and Blige to the banned list. I loved it. I hope BK took the money it cost to remake the commercial from No More Drama’s Mary J. Blige’s, reported, 2 million dollars she got paid. She sounded and looked great.
“Unfortunately, that’s not what was happening in that clip,” Blige said in a statement, “so I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you’re a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw to go out.”
Though there have been many that have slammed the commercial for being racist due to an African-American woman stereotypically singing about chicken, some fans were just plain disappointed to see the singer belting her heart out in a commercial about wraps in general.READ MORE
See the original video below.
Dear Mary J.,
Gurl, you know we love you. Like for real. We love your triumph. We love your music. We love your passion. But we have no love whatsoever for the recent debacle you decided to lend your image and vocals to. Mary, sometimes ignorance really is bliss; because up until a few hours ago, I had nothing but warm fuzzy feelings for you. In fact, I was just rocking to one of your jams Madame Noire posted on their Facebook page this morning. I had no idea that just hours later, those warm, fuzzy feelings would be replaced with frosty disappointment in light of troubling new information.
I think you know what I’m referring to. No? Ok, let me refresh your memory: SEE VIDEO.
Unfortunately, my co-worker brought this video to my attention. Even though he tried to warn me that what I was about to witness was going to be a bit unsettling, nothing could have prepared me for the utter buffoonery I saw in that commercial.
Why Mary, why?
This is so beneath you. This harmonizing about chicken is a move I would associate with someone whose glory days were far behind them. You still have so much more to contribute to the arts and entertainment game that there was no reason you had to stoop to stereotypes. And I know you may be thinking everybody, across the world, loves chicken. It’s true, most people get down with the poultry; but as a black woman, singing passionately about chicken is not the move! ………………………
At this point, what’s done is done. But gurl, this cannot happen again. You are the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, not a court jester for the so-called King of Burgers. READ MORE .
Burger King is apologizing for its turkey of an ad.
The fast food chain issued a mea culpa to the singer Mary J. Blige and her fans for releasing an “unfinished” ad ad that made fans cringe.
The clip of Blige singing about the fast-food chain’s new Crispy Chicken Wraps incited jeers for promoting racial stereotypes after it was released on Monday.
The black women-oriented website Madame Noire likened it to “buffoonery.”
Blige is saying she’s sorry too.
“I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence. Unfortunately, that’s not what was happening in that clip,” Blige told TMZ in a statement. “I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you’re a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out.”
On Tuesday, Burger King claimed the ad was being pulled due to a music licensing issue and that the ad was “unfinished,” The Associated Press reports. READ MORE
Politically correct people and companies are so lame. Or is it all just free advertising?
According to Madame Noire’s website, you are a racist for thinking black people like to eat fried chicken, even though the writer admits to scarfing it down.
So what would you call it to assume most blacks vote Democrat?
For me, it lacked the racial overtones and references you would expect from usual lot of racist images. There were no shuffling of feet, teethy grins and or even references to Blackness in the ad. In fact, Mary wasn’t even holding a piece of chicken. Instead, we have Mary, standing in front of a microphone, singing a stupid jingle about the ingredients in a fake soft taco. And last I checked, I don’t remember tacos being the stereotypical staple of the Black American diet. If anything, if we should be offended by anything, it is about the fact that she is singing about processed junk food and not fruits and vegetables. But again, we weren’t mad when tons of rappers appeared in Sprite commercials or Lebron James took a big bite out of that heart attack on a bun, so why are we outraged now?
Oh yes, I forgot. The chicken.
It is certainly understandable. The image of blacks and our supposed love affair with chicken goes back to the heyday of the minstrel performances of white people in heavy cork singing and doing impressions about chicken loving Blacks. And at a time when pictures of watermelon patches and Obama squatting over a bucket of KFC fried chicken are being passed around by his political foes, you have to be a fool to not realize that the mentioning of “fried chicken” in the same sentence as “black people” is a major gaffe.
Political foes, implying Republicans–who freed the slaves and overwhelmingly passed all Civil Rights legislation at democrat opposition— are racist
But those people, who do make that association, well, they are racist. And no amount of our actions will likely change that – unless of course you can stop being Black. So should those people who feel the need to try to demoralize us through archaic – and most time nonsensical stereotypes – be allowed to hinder our ability to enjoy life, as well as fried chicken, on our own terms? Or should we feel the need to publicly stray away from speaking about it, eating it, or even being the vicinity of its delicious fried goodness out of fear of what they might think?
I for one I will eat fried chicken with impunity in front of anyone. I don’t care if I’m sitting down in a public space with a two-piece, a biscuit, a watermelon slice and a glass of red Kool-Aid; I’m tearing it up. I wouldn’t care that in the midst of me sucking down the gristle on the bone, there was a pickup truck parked near by and a bunch of certified Klan members were sitting on the bed of the truck, smirking, laughing and making loud, obnoxious wise cracks about “the nigra with the chicken.” While I might run like Hell (after all this is the Klan we are talking about), I’m certainly taking my two-piece with me.
In other words, it should be us, we Black folks, who define and dictate our standards of Black culture, whether it is politics, beauty or whether or not it’s stupid commercials about fried chicken. This is not to say that folks upset about MJB’s chicken commercial are any more wrong than the parent that didn’t want her Black child to play a monkey in an all white summer camp production. But rather that the power we give to stereotypes – whether intentional or not – means that we will forever be bonded by them. Besides, who doesn’t like fried chicken?
‘In other words, it should be us, we Black folks, who define and dictate our standards of Black culture, whether it is politics’. We will dictate how black folks should vote. And every single black person better vote Democrat—the party of slavery and the KKK– or else you are simply not black. You are an Uncle Tom or OREO etc… But since that doesn’t offend the left, it can define black culture.
‘We Black folks, who define and dictate our standards of Black culture whether it is politics’.
That is all this is.