Mary found herself in great company. Salma Hayek, Jay Leno and David Beckham were all lined up to slang some of BK’s new tasty treats. All of them had commercials debut on line the same time Mary did. No one complained about Salma’s hawking the new salad or David sipping on the new smoothie. Mary was assigned the crispy chicken wrap though and when her commercial made its way to the internet, all hell broke loose. Giving the fried chicken item to the black person wasn’t the wisest decision, but some of ya’ll let non-black folks call you niggas. What’s a little fried chicken love between friends?
Maybe they decided they wouldn’t give the fried chicken thing to Salma Hayek because its wrapped in a tortilla and that would have been just as offensive. Lord knows you can’t have anyone of Mexican decent in the same shot as a tortilla. That’s just racist, unless you’re Old El Paso. Wait, Taco Bell did make a commercial about a guy who looked a little Latin driving almost a thousand miles for a taco. In the commercial his name is Matt. If they had called him Juan I would have just died… right there where I stood.
Giving it to David Beckham wouldn’t have made any sense. He’s an athlete and probably hasn’t eaten a piece of fried chicken in ages. I know that wife of his sustains on twigs and seeds so that commercial would have been insincere. They should have just let Nicki Minaj have Mary’s spot. She already owns a chicken wing necklace so they could have saved money on a stylist. Or better yet, ole girl from The Help could have done it, but she would have been aproned up in the kitchen with flour smudges on her face. Fried chicken just tends to make you feel better about life, right? She won an Academy Award for that and The Help is still around for you to watch.
I can’t recall the last time I ate at Burger King. It was probably around the last time I bought a Mary J Blige album. So I’m not that kind of connected to this event because I don’t give them my money anyway. I do concern myself with how Black women are portrayed in the media, but between the loud, violent, scandalous hoochies that proliferate reality TV and constant the vilification and disrespect from members of our own community who aren’t women **cough**men**cough**, this doesn’t rate all that high on my OMG-I’m-so-fukkin-offended list. As a matter of fact, if Burger King hadn’t listened to the voice of the people and ripped this commercial down, how many of us would have caught it during episodes of Basketball Wives or Bad Girls Club? Or better yet, how much of this complaining is going to be going on once we get our hands on that wrap and figure out how tasty that little sucker really is? It has not one, not two, but three cheeses homie. Do you remember that R&B McNugget music video? How many of us stopped eating at McDonald’s after we saw that? Exactly.
Anyway, here’s the commercial just in case you missed it. Burger King contends it was taken down due to music lisencing issues, which probably is the case since that track Mary is singing over is nothing more than a Xerox of Missy Elliott’s “Hot Boyz.” So, dont think all that fussing is going to make this go away. If you are truly upset, put your money where your mouth is. That should make you feel better about life, right?
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