Mary J. Blige Speaks About Burger King Controversy
It’s been a while since the video of Mary J. Blige singing about the ingredients of a Burger King chicken wrap was released, but bet that it hasn’t been forgotten.
The queen of R&B stopped by The Angie Martinez Show on Hot 97 Wednesday (June 27) to address the fast food visual that had people clowning on the iconic songstress.
As a little girl, Blige dreamed of being in a Burger King commercial but says her expectations of the reportedly unedited advertisement was far from what she expected. “It was sold to us that I would be shot in an iconic way and it was going to be great, so I was looking for someone to have mercy but no one had mercy and it’s cool. It was a learning experience,” she said.
She recalls the backlash being an eye-opening experience. “I went online to listen to the remix I did with Fat Joe and I’m looking for that and all I see is Burger King, chicken, buffoonery and I’m like, “What the heck?,” she said. ” The thing that hurt me is when people were just starting to say vicious and negative things that didn’t even have nothing to do with that. What it did was expose everyone and everything that was in my life and it showed me who my friends are.”
Denying that was paid $2 million for the burger spot, the “No More Drama” singer said that she felt like filming it was a mistake instead of a branding opportunity. “I would never do anything like that purposely,” she said. “I thought I was doing something right so forgive me and now I’m moving on.”
Watch the full interview with Angie Mar below.