Burger King Apologizes To Mary J. Blige For ‘Unfinished’ Commercial — Is The Ad Offensive?
Earlier this week, we showed the new line of celebrity-filled commercials from Burger King that promotes their new healthy menu choices, featuring David Beckham, Jay Leno, Salma Hayek and Mary J. Blige. The fast food chain later drew criticism for their ad featuring Blige singing about their chicken snack wrap (which has since been pulled from YouTube) after fans backlashed and said it fed into an African-American stereotype.
Burger King has since apologized to Blige and her fans, explaining the ad was put up before it was completely finished, and Blige herself addressed fans saying she would “never allow an unfinished spot” to run without her consent. Check out the ad that’s drawing so much criticism and tell us, is it offensive?
Mary J. Blige addressed the incident in a statement on Wednesday saying, “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.”
Mary added, “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.”
Burger King pulled the ad from their YouTube page citing music licensing issues, but say it will be released once everything is in place.
Watch the ad below and tell us if you think it’s offensive or not.