The runner-up to 2005’ American Idol, Bo Bice is one again in news. It has been more than a decade since he headlined for coming second in the singing reality show. But this time, it has nothing to do with his talent.
Bice was, reportedly, subjected to racial attacks at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The comment outraged the father of four, who took to social media to express his grievances against the experience.
Bo Bice Takes to Social Media After Being Referred to as the White Boy
According to the 41-year-old singer, an employee at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen referred to him as the “white boy” on December 30. A few African-American employees at the outlet made fun of his name, calling him “Bow-Bow,” “Bo-Bo,” and “Boo-Boo.”
The People magazine reported that by mistake his order was placed twice. One of the groups called him twice for the same order. It is then when Bice heard an employee yell, “He’s already got his — that white boy there.”
The remark came to him as a shock. He said that if it was him who had made such an insensitive comment, then he would have been immediately boycotted.
“If the tables had been turned and I, as a white male, treated any person of ethnicity any way resembling how she spoke to and treated me, I’d be considered insensitive and racist,” he wrote in his Facebook post.
He wondered how could a group of employees from Popeyes can openly make fun of a “courteous PAYING customer” in front of everyone and not be apologetic.
Bo Bice Says He Wants an Apology
According to Bice, everyone who is walking through the airport must be treated equally. He also demanded an apology, the Fox 5 reported. Bice left a complaint on the corporate number of Popeyes. He also threatened legal actions.
Adding on, Bice also said that anyone who is giving money to an establishment should be treated equally. He said that it is time, that people rise to this situation and have a dialogue.
Mack II Inc. owns the Popeyes airport franchise. It issued a statement admitting to the incident and apologizing for the incident and the pain or embarrassment that Bice, an American Idol runner-up, had to go through.
Bice said he has dropped plans of taking any kind of legal actions following the statement from Mack II Inc.