Mary J. Blige understands why her fans are upset about her Burger King commercial.
Black people were highly upset after Mary’s TV spot for the fast food chain hit the Web. In the ad, she is seen singing about a crispy chicken wrap, which ruffled a few feathers with potential customers.
Folks weren’t mad about Mary singing (she sounded great), or the fact that BK was offering a new item. They were troubled by the fact that brand decided to have Mary sing about fried chicken, which many felt was playing into a racial stereotype.
After having numerous complaints leveled at them, including a Madame Noir article that called the commercial "buffoonery," BK pulled the ad from its official YouTube channel. It denied that the decision had anything to do with any perceived racial jabs or stereotypes.
Now the company can add one more dissatisfied person to the list: Mary herself! The Queen of Hip Hop Soul claims that she was bamboozled by the fast food chain.
“I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence," she explained in a statement. "Unfortunately, that’s not what was happening in that clip."
She sympathized with the masses adding, "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.”
Check out the offending ad below and see what people were so upset about.