American Idol's Bo Bice has beef with chicken joint
by Jeremy Mersereau
January 4, 2017
Carrie Underwood's runner up cries fowl after Popeye's employee refers to him as a white boy.
Bo Bice, an American Idol runner-up from the 2005 season (reminder: this is Bo Bice), has threatened legal action against the Popeye’s fast-food chain after a restaurant employee allegedly called him a “white boy”.
“The three ladies behind the counter asked whose food it was,” Bice said in an interview after the incident at the airport Popeye’s location. “Just when I turned around, one of them said ‘that white boy’.” Bice subsequently called for the employee to be fired, and threatened to send lawyers after the fried chicken chain.
“If tables had been turned and I used something as insensitive like that… I would be boycotted, people wouldn’t buy my albums,” Bice also said, hopefully not in the middle of writing lyrics for his next album. “It’s time for us to wake up and start having some dialogue. It’s not 1960, it’s 2017 and we are all adults here”. Well, some of us, anyway, at least those of us who are able to distinguish the difference between saying something questionable in a Popeye’s restaurant and on a radio single.
Earlier today, Bice commented on the incident on his Facebook page:
For their part, Popeye’s parent company issued an apologetic statement through a spokesperson:
“Mack II Inc. is very sorry that the incident occurred and for any pain or embarrassment that Mr. Bice experienced. The company does not condone the behavior of one of our associates and we took corrective action as soon as we were made aware of the incident. Also, we will require re-training of our associates to ensure this isolated incident does not occur again. In addition, Mr. Bice has been issued an apology by the General Manager. We value all of our customers regardless of race, religion, age, disability, gender, etc.”
Well, there you go. No harm, no foul, except the doubtlessly devastating emotional suffering a successful music star endured while waiting on a 3-piece combo.
[H/T Fox5 Atlanta]