Mary J. Blige Slams Burger King for Offensive Ad

Celebrity News Apr. 5, 2012 AT 10:06AM
Mary J. Blige attends 10th Annual Kenny The Jet Smith NBA All-Star Bash, hosted by Mary J. Blige  on February 24, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Mary J. Blige attends 10th Annual Kenny The Jet Smith NBA All-Star Bash, hosted by Mary J. Blige on February 24, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Credit: Leon Bennett/WireImage.com

Mary J. Blige is biting back against Burger King.

The 41-year-old singer, who appeared in a new commercial for the fast food chain touting their fried chicken wrap, is apologizing to her fans after the spot was yanked amid charges of playing on racial stereotypes.

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"I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence," Blige tells Us Weekly in a statement of the spot, which was slammed by critics and subsequently yanked from the airwaves after going viral earlier this week.

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Furthers Blige: "Unfortunately, that's not what was happening in that clip, so I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you're a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out."

The fast food chain -- who also count Steven Tyler, David Beckham and Salma Hayek among their celeb spokespeople -- confirms that the commercial wasn't meant to air in the unfinished state viewers saw it in.

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Hoping to put the finalized version of the spot on air "soon," the chain is also offering a mea culpa to Blige and her fans for jumping the gun.

"The Mary J. Blige commercial was released prematurely before all of the licensing and final approvals were obtained," they said in a statement. "We would like to apologize to Mary J. and all of her fans for airing an ad that was not final. We know how important Mary J. is to her fans, and we are currently in the process of finalizing the commercial."

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