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.