Do you remember for a while when we were all laughing about those goofy Burger King ads in which Mary J. Blige sang in an absurdly soulful register about the crispiness of chicken and the freshness of lettuce? Yes, we do. But all of the hubbub weighed heavily on Blige’s head, especially as accusations of veiled racism began to pop up. In an interview with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, Blige talked about how the ad was supposed to be against how it came out, and how she dealt with the aftermath. “It just broke my heart,” she said. “It was a mistake, but I did it because I thought it was something that wouldn’t come out like that. It was sold to us that I would be shot in an iconic way. I was looking for someone to have mercy, but no one had mercy. It was a learning experience. It hurt my feelings. It crushed me for like two days.”
Which is a reasonable reaction to getting unilaterally snarked on, because Lord knows we’ve all reacted to temporary depression in unbecoming, Netflix-fueled ways. But also: Mary! Shot in an “iconic way” for a commercial about a grilled chicken wrap? There aren’t enough heads in the world to shake. She ended the interview by saying, “I want to apologize to everyone that was offended or thought that I would do something so disrespectful to our culture. I would never do anything like that purposely. I thought I was doing something right, so forgive me.” I think that means we can all move on, if we hadn’t already.