Do you remember Bo Bice? No? How about American Idol? Does that ring a bell? Believe it or not, that mostly talentless talent show ran for 15 years and only bit the dust last year. For every Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood it produced, there were thousands of William Hungs, Clay Aikens, and Taylor Hicks. Oh, and Bo Bices.
Bo Bice stepped onto the AI stage during its fourth season with his long, flowing locks and in the end, lost to Underwood. He then went on to…we have no idea what he did, but it looks like he got a haircut and now tours as the front man for Blood Sweat & Tears.
When he’s not performing in front of tens of people, Bo likes to get his fried chicken on at Popeyes. But at one recent outing to the restaurant in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Bo got his feelings hurt real bad. We’ll let Bo explain: “The three ladies behind the counter asked whose food it was. Just when I turned around, one of them said ‘that white boy.’ If tables had been turned and I used something as insensitive like that … I would be boycotted, people wouldn’t buy my albums.”
That’s when they wouldn’t buy your albums? Got it.
“I started this conversation so that we can have open dialogue about how no one should be called a boy. Maybe they should grow up and use better language. Maybe we should have a culture where we don’t have such perverted divisive language.”
Now when we tell you that Bo was upset over this situation, we are not exaggerating. The Alabama boy, errr, man was really hurt, OK? And he was even threatening to sue over it.
Cue forced apology: “Mack II Inc. is very sorry that the incident occurred and for any pain or embarrassment that Mr. Bice experienced. The company does not condone the behavior of one of our associates and we took corrective action as soon as we were made aware of the incident. Also, we will require re-training of our associates to ensure this isolated incident does not occur again. In addition, Mr. Bice has been issued an apology by the General Manager. We value all of our customers regardless of race, religion, age, disability, gender, etc.”
While Bo was satisfied with the company’s reaction, he was left wondering why he wasn’t comped some Cajun fries or jambalaya.