NBC Likes Chicken, Not Peacock

Evidently, people are pissed at NBC now because they were going to serve fried chicken and collard greens in honor of Black History Month:

In honor of Black History Month, the NBC cafeteria served fried chicken, collard greens, and jalapeno cornbread today for lunch. The picture below was snapped by Questlove, the drummer for the Roots–Jimmy Fallon’s house band. He was also the musician that pointed out via Twitter that Conan spent half a million dollars on a walk-out song for Tom Hanks during his last episode.

Someone tweeting under the name @nbcu (which, as of now, only has 8 followers) is claiming to and be NBC’s VP of Communications, Kevin Goldman. The first and only tweet says: “The sign in the NBCU cafeteria has been removed. We apologize for anyone who was offended by it.”

I’m from Salem, Indiana. I ate at least one meal of fried chicken and other goodies at least once a week (usually Thursdays) for nearly 10 years and dangit, I know for a fact that fried chicken and collard greens is just a damn tasty meal. I don’t get the outrage to this. If that’s really all black people eat (and obviously it’s not), I’d say they couldn’t have picked a better choice.

UPDATE: This story has made it to the front page of Digg. The Digg commenters seem to agree with me:

What’s wrong with fried chicken and greens? They’re great. That such food is proverbially the mainstay food of what some people say is a racial class of people is irrelevant. Let the racists be racists. Let the thin-skinned do-gooder liberals whine and complain. For the rest of us, let’s eat. I don’t care who I sit next to as long as they don’t eat off my plate.

I’m white and I love those foods.

If it were Asian American month and we were all eating Asian foods to celebrate, would it be racist? I wish we could all learn to not take each other so seriously.

That sounded like a really good Southern/African American meal. What should one prepare as a meal to honor black history month? The PC police need to stop over-reacting.

And so on

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