Can Chicken Wings Be Racist?

Big Shot Bob's House of Wings in Avalon, Pennsylvania, has a little bit of a PR problem on its hands, thanks to a poorly named flavor of chicken wings: Black on Black Crime. Yikes.

Restaurant owner Matt Cercone reportedly said, "If I had any idea this would happen, it wouldn't have gotten on our menu. We've been getting threatening phone calls here, and there are people saying we're going to go out of business."

Cercone has now changed the name to "Big Fine Woman 2000," a moniker picked by the woman who first brought the controversy to the local forefront. (For the inquiring gastronomer: The actual wing flavor, according to the restaurant's website, is "Dark BBQ sauce and Black Magic." Um, OK.)

Of course, this is hardly the first time food and racial issues have crossed paths: The Southern Poverty Law Center was less than pleased with a sign at the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar invoking Obama and the n-word, KFC ran a chicken-themed ad in Australia that was deemed less than sensitive, and, of course, there was once a fairly massive restaurant chain called Sambo's that faded in popularity as complaints of racial insensitivity piled up.

Accusations, of course, don't always equal a serious incident: Questlove, the drummer for the Roots, photographed and angrily tweeted an NBC cafeteria Black History Month menu featuring fried chicken, collard greens, and black-eyed peas—but the menu's author, a black chef, defended the choice of soul food as being right on target for the theme.

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