Dear Pop Icons and Divas – Don’t Do It

So, by now, everybody should’ve heard that Mary J Blige cut a commercial for Burger King. It was about their chicken sandwich. After a huge uproar, the commercial has been pulled. There are some things in our society that just shouldn’t be done. The whole thing is simply too racially charged. I’ve been thinking about this for way too long, more than 10 minutes, and I just don’t know how a Black entertainer can sing about chicken. I don’t know how you do that without looking foolish or making everybody else look foolish. While I’m on the subject, watermelon should be placed on the same list as chicken. It is radioactive. Don’t touch it. I don’t care how much money they offer you, don’t do it. There are a variety of things you can sing about, including cars, toys and cell phones. Hell, you can even sing about Campbell’s chicken soup. Just stay away from those old tired clichés. I’m just saying…

One Response

  1. I agree with your sentiments.  In recent years, racism has crept back up….after years of a down trend. 

    And speaking of — how about the severely restrictive voter rights in Florida?  When will Kobe or Sir Charles stand up and speak out?

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Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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