Originally Posted by Kenickie
as for the actual ad..
i can't believe Mary J. Blige would be so stupid. most people acknowledge that these stereotypes are awful and hurtful (even ?uestlove said that 'i'm the first to order the fish, no matter how much i want the chickenbreast'), but for some reason she still did it. PR advisers tell up and coming black celebrity to not get caught eating 'black food', as if we needed telling twice! i'm disappointed in her. first, for doing a terribly stereotypical ad,
Sorry, but as a white person it has totally escaped my attention that there is any stereotype regarding black people and chicken. I've been an omni for most of my past life and have eaten plenty of chicken, including in the household I grew up in, and this idea was never even suggested.
Billie Holiday has a song titled "Gimme a Pigfoot, and a Bottle of Beer," but I don't recall any song by a black performer about chicken.
I'd be very interested to know what foods are supposedly "black" foods--particularly the kinds of foods black people feel they have to avoid in order not to perpetuate stereotypes.