'American Idol' Alum Bo Bice Takes Aim at Popeyes Over Being Called 'White Boy'
American Idol season 4 runner-up Bo Bice is taking offense after being called “that white boy” at a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.
The 41-year-old Blood, Sweat & Tears front man is threatening legal action after an employee at the company's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport location referred to him as “that white boy” as he waited for his order. “If tables had been turned and I used something as insensitive like that... I would be boycotted, people wouldn’t buy my albums," he said.
He said the incident is an opportunity to start a conversation. "I started this conversation so that we can have open dialogue about how no one should be called a boy," Bice told FOX News Radio. "Maybe they should grow up and use better language. Maybe we should have a culture where we don’t have such perverted, divisive language."
Bice continued the conversation today on Facebook with a lengthy post, writing he is “not sorry” he spoke up on the matter. “The backlash on social media from speaking out proves my point that we have a major problem with racial prejudice in our country and society,” he wrote.
Popeyes has since released a statement apologizing for the incident, writing, “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."
Read Bice's full essay below: