Last week, I wrote about the Burger King commercial starring Mary J. Blige that was taken down because it was creating quite a stir with people saying that the ad promoted a negative stereotype (aka African Americans love for chicken). Blige apologized to the upset African American community, saying “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,” Blige told 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.”
As a side note, I saw Blige perform live at White Party in Palms Springs this past Saturday night and she KILLED it! She performed Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody,” “Just Fine,” “Family Affair,” “No More Drama,” and finished the set off with “Be Without You“. SO good.
Back to the BK issue, The Second City Network has put together a series of faux “leaked” unaired BK commericals that feature a Mary J. Blige look-a-like interupting several different scenes by saying, “What’s in the new crispy chicken wrap?!” I seriously die every time she says it. She then goes on to sing about the wrap, but Second City took the inappropriateness of the ads to another level with the scenes and the lyrics. It’s totally something SNL would do, being that it’s so funny but so wrong at the same time. Check it out below.
As a side note, a new Burger King commercial has come out that features the nine-time Grammy winnwer singing about Crispy Chicken Wraps. She sings it to the beat of her own song, “Don’t Mind,” from her latest album “My Life II…The Journey Continues.”
When asked what’s in the new wraps, Blige sings, “Crispy chicken, fresh lettuce, three cheeses, ranch dressing, wrapped up in a tasty flour tortilla.” A lot of people are surprised to see her peddling chicken, especially since some people believe that it feeds into a stereotype. That being said, Salma Hayek, David Beckham and Jay Leno are also featured in new Burger King commercials, and Sofia Vergara and Steven Tyler are also expected to each do one as well. Check out Blige’s commercial below.
As they would say in medieval times, “off with his head.” It looks like Burger King’s iconic King mascot has been dropped and according to the fast food chain, isn’t going to return. The home of the Whopper has decided to re-brand themselves and go for a fresher approach. The icon? Mom in a kitchen with the images and sounds of fresh produce. Sounds delicious.
The campaign focuses on the national launch of the California Whopper, which includes guacamole. The ads have no words, just “the sights and sounds of the fresh ingredients being washed, sliced and diced.” – USA Today
The Whopper with guacamole? I can’t wait to try it. Doing some research I discovered that the California Whopper isn’t a new product and was actually introduced to the BK Whopper Bar in 2009. The burger was available at BK’s in Denmark, Scandinavia and Sweden. Now, the chain is bringing the delicious burger state side.
This is so bizarre. KFC is introducing the most bizarre sandwich ever, and Burger King is copying one of McDonald’s sandwiches so they decided to make a commercial about copying McDonald’s sandwich.
First there’s KFC:
“The new KFC Double Down sandwich is real and it’s coming April 12th! This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel’s Sauce. This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun!”
The Double Down comes in two versions – Original Recipe® (32 grams of fat, 540 calories, & 1380mg of Sodium) or Grilled (23 grams of fat, 460 calories, & 1430mg of Sodium). Throw two pieces of chicken together, some bacon, sauce, and cheese in the middle, and you’ve got something that would make Jamie Oliver the opposite of proud. PS. There’s even a countdown clock for this!
Now, in the following commerical, you witness the Burger King breaking into McDonald’s headquarters to steal the recipe for the Sausage & Egg McMuffin. He is successful, and leaves without getting caught. Here’s the twist – It’s Burger King’s commercial! I actually kinda love, since it’s so in your face and they’re definitely pushing the limit and likely figured out what they could & couldn’t do. So, they want to introduce their own Sausage & Egg muffin (BK Breakfast Muffin Sandwich), saying, “It’s not that original, but it’s super affordable.”
If you’ve met me and spent anymore than five minutes with me, you will more than likely be able to contest that I have an infatuation-bordering-on-addiction to Fast Food. It is a culmination of so many life events resulting in this infatuation, with the resent delivery of a McDonalds direct mail coupon booklet that spurred my desire to admit write about it.
Seriously, my eyes LIT up and my heart slowed down when I opened my mailbox to find the coveted fold-up booklet atop the mass amount of spam flyers. Nothing can turn my week around quite like perforated paper with cheeseburger deals. McDonalds is high on the list of favorite 15-minute meal joints.
My top five favorite Fast Food outlets: