News: Mary J. Blige Tells BK To Cluck Themselves Over Controversial Chicken Ad, "I Understand My Fans Being Upset"
Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 9:50AM
Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige has finally stepped forward to add some context over being put on blast this week for a leaked controversial Burger King fried chicken commercial.
According to Mary, BK did not create the ideal commercial she agreed to take part in.
Mary J. Blige says she never signed off on the controversial fried chicken ad that she shot for Burger King -- at least not the version that was blasted on the Internet. Mary J. tells TMZ, "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 also says, "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." (TMZ)
Despite her tensions toward Burger King, the fast food chain claims it never authorized the ad's release.
Burger King confirms the ad was released prematurely "before all of the licensing and final approvals were obtained." The fast food giant also says, "We would like to apologize to Mary J. and all of her fans for airing an ad that was not final." Burger King says the final approved version will be released soon. (TMZ)
In the leaked television spot, MJB is shown standing atop a table singing about a new chicken wrap.
Mary J. Blige is not happy after her Burger King commercial went viral and caused a firestorm on Twitter and blogs. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is speaking out about her involvement in the controversial spot promoting the fast food chain's new crispy chicken snack wraps. In the commercial, Mary sings about "crispy chicken, fresh lettuce, three cheeses, ranch dressing." But the ad was heavily panned, causing some to believe it was an April Fools' joke at first. (Rap-Up)
With rappers like Rick Ross and Jay-Z owning their own chicken spots, Public Enemy's Flavor Flav recently launched a poultry spot in Nevada.
The one-time member of the rap group Public Enemy is holding opening ceremony Thursday evening at Flavor Flav's House of Flavor, a few blocks southeast of downtown Las Vegas. It's the night before the 53rd birthday for the celebrity whose public persona is as big as the clock he wears on his chest. His real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., and he's tried the chicken restaurant recipe before. A short-lived franchise dubbed Flav's Fried Chicken opened and closed last year in Clinton, Iowa. An announcement says the Las Vegas store isn't associated with the one in Iowa. (Washington Post)
Check out Mary J. Blige's unfinished ad below: