9 time Grammy winner Mary J Blige thinks Burger King knew exactly what they were doing when they posted an unfinished television commercial on YouTube last week.
The commercial featured a cartoonish Blige, 41, standing on a table top singing the praises of Burger King’s crispy fried chicken wraps and all its toppings.
Mary’s fans reacted with fury across all social networking platforms when the ad was released. But Mary tells TMZ.com she never signed off on the ad that sparked outrage on Twitter.com for its stereotyping of blacks and fried chicken.
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.”
Burger King yanked the ad from its YouTube channel, claiming the racist ad was released prematurely “before all of the licensing and final approvals were obtained.” But that excuse doesn’t hold water for Mary.
Mary tells TMZ, “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 has since apologized to Mary, and they say a new, completed version of the controversial ad will be released soon.