Last Wednesday, after I got out of class, I got a call from Cousin Dee. She was calling to tell me about the $4.99 8 piece deal jumping off at Popeye’s. After she told me about the 8 piece deal, I was like, why are you telling me this? Who calls someone to tell them about an 8 piece special from Popeye’s? Then I told her that she was spreading real ghetto news.
After she told me that she was on her way to pick up her special, we hung up & I laughed about the whole thing.
Then I started wondering how wide spread this 8 piece mess was. So to test the news, I called my sister, whose very ghetto to see if she knew about the special. I was fucked up when she told me that she had already picked hers up, two of them in fact.
I then called BFF Brion in VA & he told me that his cousin in Detroit called him that morning to let him know about it. Then she also mentioned that she had been waiting on the deal. BFF Brion told me that the special was not advertised in his area so he was not getting on. Then we had a laugh on the implications of this ghetto offering.
So when I finally got home, I decided to Google Popeye’s 8 piece special & was totally shocked, yes shocked to see that it was for Earth Day. A fried chicken Earth Day special geared towards Negroes in the hood??? How is offering 8 pieces of delicious greasy as hell chicken help for Earth Day? Wha-tha-mutha-fuck???
A) Heating a bunch of grease is not earth friendly
B) People running up a bunch of gas while sitting on the drive-thru is not earth friendly
C) A bunch of unhealthy people filled with greasy chicken will not be good for the earth once that mess comes out & enters the sewage system.
After I started to parse all of this out, I just happened to go on FaceBook & almost all of my friends were talking about this fucking 8 piece. Some were saying that wanted it, some were saying that they went to get one but could not deal with the long lines etc. I was just through with hearing this mess.
Then I got another call from Cousin Dee, who was calling to update me on her 8 piece pursuit status. At this point she was 9 cars deep on the drive-thru. I tried to convince her that it’s not that deep but she was not hearing me. She wanted that damn 8 piece spicy with red beans & rice.
I tell you, that 8 piece business really tripped me out. Honestly, I saw it as a racist marketing scheme on a day that we should be paying homage to our mother earth.
OK fast forward 3 days later to last Saturday night. I’m reading “What Would Thembi Do (http://www.whatwouldthembido.com) (one of my favorite blogs) & all of my disgust with that tacky ass Popeye’s Earth Day special came back after reading her “Fracas Over Popeye’s Fried Chicken Price” post.
I love Thembi, because she keeps it real & we are often on the same page, especially in this case.
After seeing the videos that she posted, I thought I was dying. The outrage that would be 8 piece purchasers went through tripped me the fuck out. Who in the world is that pressed to purchase greasy food to feed their family??? I mean, I know we are in a recession but come on. For real! Cathing a cab up to Popeye’s? Damn!
Anyway, with all this said, I’m totally done with Popeye’s. I will miss it for sure but I don’t need it in my life. Their most recent attack on the Black community is just too much for me.
Perhaps I’m tripping but we all need to take a stand on something. I tell you, a greasy 2 or 8 piece seems to be the Black man’s Kryptonite.
I Stay woke!
On a separate but related note:
I’m willing to bet that 85% of tickets sold for “Obsessed” were purchased by people who got that 8 piece for 4.99 from Popeye’s last week.