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NBC cafeteria menu dropped as racist after Questlove complains



On Thursday Roots drummer Questlove was whiling by the cafeteria at NBC's 30 Rock office building in New York on break from Jimmy Fallon's show and noticed something strange: A sign at the cafeteria proclaimed a meal "in honor of Black History Month" featured fried chicken, collard greens and black-eyed peas. We can only presume watermelon was available for dessert.

The musician, a.k.a. Ahmir Thompson, decided to share this nugget on Twitpic with the caption "Hmm HR?" and lots of people freaked out about it, demanding justice. Problem is, the cafeteria's chef is a black woman, and was only sharing food she liked.

"Questlove, who I serve every day and who enjoys my food, requested the neck bone [cooked in] the black-eyed peas and fried chicken, then got off the line, saying, 'This is racist,' " Leslie Calhoun told the New York Post. "The next thing you know, people were taking pictures of the sign and asking all the other black people in the cafeteria if this was racist. They said that it wasn't. ... I don't understand it at all. It's what I eat."

Questlove must have realized what happened, because an hour later he tweeted via @questlove, "i think i need a twitter break. i done started something. and now i must put out fire."

He later told PopEater that it was all a mistake: "It was a joke taken too far. I'll be packing a lunch for the next two years."

NBC vice president of communications Kevin Goldman put out a notice that the sign had been removed and apologized if anyone is offended. We apologize everyone is so hyper-sensitive and doesn't bother to check facts anymore.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:17am]


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