PUBLISHED: 17:38 EST, 29 June 2012 | UPDATED: 17:38 EST, 29 June 2012
When the Burger King chain offered Mary J. Blige a spot to sing in one of their commercials for a new chicken wrap, the soul singer was initially happy to have the lucrative gig.
‘It was sold to us that I would be shot in an iconic way,’ a frustrated Blige told Hot 97’s Angie Martinez during a radio interview today. ‘I did it because I thought it was something that wouldn’t come out like that.’
‘I’m sorry’: Mary J Blige today told fans she regrets making a Burger King ad that was labeled racist
Hot oil: Popular fast food chain Burger King was criticized for showing a black artist singing the praises of fried chicken
The Be Without You singer remained silent while critics slammed her for taking part in a short film that many deemed racist.
But she told Martinez: ‘I would never just bust out singing about chicken and chicken wings.’
The black woman-oriented website Madame Noire labeled the ad ‘buffoonery,’ saying it depicted blacks in a stereotypical way.
The I Can Do Bad All by Myself Grammy winner said the whole debacle ‘hurt my feelings. It crushed me for like two days.’
Blige appears in Tom Cruise’s new flick Rock of Ages, in which she plays the role of a strip club manager. She was on Martinez’ show to introduce new artist, Starshell.
Big mistake: The singer, seen here at the Kentucky Derby on May 5, said she never meant to offend her community by making the chicken advert
Burger King did not admit to pulling the ad because of the criticism. The fast food giant said it did so because of music licensing issues. Nonetheless, the company has since apologized to the singer.
And Blige also wanted to say sorry if it appeared she knew in advance how the commercial would turn out.
‘I want to apologize to everyone who was offended who thought I would do something that was so disrespectful to our culture,’ the Prison Song musician said.
‘I would never do anything like that. I thought I was doing something right.’