BBC Video Evokes Memory of Tiger Woods and the Fried Chicken Joke


Do you remember the fried chicken joke referring to superstar golfer Tiger Woods?

It happened a few years back when pro golfer Sergio Garcia was asked in jest if he would invite Woods to dinner during the course of a major tournament. Garcia reportedly said: “We’ll have him ‘round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”

For the uninitiated, fried chicken references are associated with racial stereotypes of African-Americans. Woods, as we all know, is an African-American.

It was meant as a joke, but it didn’t come out that way. Garcia received a lot of flak for it and had to make a public apology to Woods.

Just recently, multimedia giant BBC took the fired chicken and black people connection to another level.

BBC published a video asking: “Is it true all black people like chicken?” It was released on the last day of October, the Black History Month.

The video features some young people discussing a stereotype about black people eating fried chicken.

BBC Newsbeat account also tweeted: “Black people and fried chicken – is there any truth in it?” It was deleted after a backlash on social media and replaced it with this: “We’re talking about being black and British & the stereotypes you might face, like this one?”

Like Garcia, BBC got slammed in social media. One tweet said: “This was unbelievably racist. Why treat a racist stereotype like some kind of reasonable discussion point? What for.”


Watch the video below and tell us what you think.

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