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gladdyontherise
04-06-2012, 09:55 AM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-57409794-10391698/burger-king-apologizes-to-mary-j-blige-for-chicken-ad/

People will scream racism about anything these days...

and the kicker? Blige had NO issues with doing the advertisement.

duane1969
04-06-2012, 09:58 AM
Well, maybe I am missing something, but I am absolutely baffled as to how this is racist. Literally, I am at a loss.

The video can be seen here on TMZ
http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2012/04/mary-j-blige-burger-king-chicken-ad-has-her-upset.html

Star_Cards
04-06-2012, 11:47 AM
I don't get a racist tone at all and it sounds like Blige may be saying she understands how her fans could be offended by it just because she is getting negative comments about it.

I was offended by it but because it was just a bad commercial. Blige should apologize for singing such a terrible song about chicken. Yes there is a stereotype of african americans liking fried chicken, but that doesn't mean that any reference of fried chicken in this manner is racist. BK is selling chicken and most people, all racists, like chicken and Blige was hired to promote it, which she did.

shrewsbury
04-06-2012, 02:20 PM
this is the dumbest report of the week

and shame on her for getting sucked into the whole racial twist on this. that is so far from be racial, yet someone somewhere will always see racism, too bad she is not above it

pspstatus
04-06-2012, 02:31 PM
Wow this commercial is terrible but far from being racist.

mrveggieman
04-06-2012, 02:34 PM
I didn't see the add yet but if MJB is ok with this then I don't have a problem with it. I'm black, don't eat chicken (or any other meat) but if someone else choses to do so that's their high cholestorol not mines.

angel0430
04-06-2012, 02:36 PM
It saddens me that in the society that we live right now, a commercial will cause all this craziness. Too bad for her and BK for not standing their ground. This is not racist by any means.

shrewsbury
04-06-2012, 03:04 PM
but if someone else choses to do so that's their high cholestorol not mines.

just need to balance it and exercise, no HC for me, and I love fried chicken (but maybe get to eat it once or twice a month)

Kali
04-06-2012, 03:14 PM
some people get offended way too easily these days

DaClyde
04-06-2012, 03:51 PM
Fortunately this incident will likely provide lots of black comedians with another few months worth of material :)

It is really sad the overwhelming obsession some people have with fighting stereotypes as if it's something you can fight. A stereotype just IS, you can't just stop it existing. Most stereotypes exist in our cultural consciousness because somewhere, someone noticed a pattern (or through the filter of their own biases what they thought was a pattern) among certain members of a certain population. Lots of black people eat fried chicken (so do lots of white people but that apparently provides no entertainment value, so is not mentioned). So there developed a stereotype about black people eating chicken (which I really don't see what is offensive about a tendency of any given group of an larger populace liking a particular food) .

Now it's almost taboo for black people to be seen eating chicken!

Are they racist for eating chicken? Is the chicken racist for being fried and eaten? Is Burger King racist for selling fried chicken products to blacks? Seriously, where is the actual racism here? Where is someone being held down or losing their rights and freedoms or being discriminated against because a company paid a singer of a certain ethnicity to sing about chicken for a commercial?

It's marketing! So a couple of years ago had Sir Mix-A-Lot been rapping about chicken instead of Spongebob for a BK commercial, would that have been racist? Would we then be expected to boycott Spongebob, Sir Mix-A-Lot AND Burger King? Is that a win for ANYONE? Think of the cardiologists!

If YouTube had an "outrage" filter, you wouldn't see 90% of the comments left on the site.