Burger King learned the hard way that having the Queen of R&B sing about a chicken rap leads to backlash from the public. Unfortunately, Mary J. Blige also heard the outcry loud and clear. During the whole Chickengate fiasco MJB remained relatively quiet, except the statement claiming BK released an unfinished version of the commercial, which she said wasn’t anything like the idea the franchise restaurant pitched to her. MJB visited Hot 97 to discuss the commercial for the first time since the incident. Mary J. Blige says her feelings were hurt by the backlash and by the so-called friends who also had negative things to say.
“It never was a chicken commercial. It was about a sandwich and I was singing about the ingredients,” the singer told Hot 97. “The thing that hurt me was when people would say vicious things…it exposed everyone and everything that was in my life and showed me who my friends are,” she continued. “I wanted to crawl under the bed, it felt crazy how I felt, you don’t even know,” she told Angie Martinez. MJB says it was a mistake, but she did it thinking it would be a great branding opportunity. According to her it was pitched to her that it would be shot in an iconic way.
We don’t know who the singer is talking about, but she references some seemingly famous friends that she thought were her friends but were “popping junk” online when the chicken coup hit the fan. We love Mary, and here’s why. Despite everything that happened with this unfortunate situation she says, “I would like to apologize to everyone that was offended or thought that I would do something so disrespectful to our culture.” Mary is a class act, and this is why she’s Queen.
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