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Popeyes’ chicken sandwich is back, and we already have the first racist video from its return to the menu.
According to a video that’s gone viral this week on Twitter, a white man repeatedly screamed the N-word at a customer as a group of Black patrons stood in line and watched; the man was then followed out of the Popeyes and made to apologize in humiliating fashion.
The 45-seconds-long video starts with the man screaming “fuck you” in the restaurant. The incident occurred at a Silver Springs, Maryland, Popeyes, as the user who posted the video tells the Daily Dot.
In the commotion that follows, recorded from behind a group of other customers, he’s heard continuing to scream, “Don’t you motherfucker, don’t you! Don’t you n****r!”
The store appears full of mainly African-American customers who watch on, horrified. The man repeats the N-word at least three more times, while a Black man is seen trying to escort a little girl out.
In a video taken by another user, he’s heard screaming “Fucking n****r-ass motherfucker, fucking get out of my way!”
Lil bra got the real angle, got whooped outside 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/PKPQeKnJHz— REAL.AUTHENTIC.WORLD.WIDE🌍 (@RealRawwwww) November 6, 2019
Follow-up moments from this scenario shows some customers following him out the door and ultimately accosting him outside.
I’m dead bra 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/H48XyzGtX0— اتق الله (@yungkub_) November 6, 2019
“Say sorry right now!” says one man while the racist white perpetrator is seen cowering on the ground while some people hold him down.
“I’m sorry!” he screams at one point before the video ends.
People on Twitter are applauding the customers who did this. Some are just baffled that a white man screamed the N-word in a crowd full of Black customers.
Homie really thought he could go into the HOODEST of hoods, in Popeyes for the SAME sammich a man died over, throw the n-word around in a room where he was the ONLY person lacking melanin, and just exit stage left???— Vic Damone Jr. (@tvkenotes) November 6, 2019
They gave him the the combo WIFF cheese outside 😂
A white supremacist at a Popeyes Chicken was yelling the N-word around Black customers. He got jumped and had his chicken sammich stolen! 😆 https://t.co/PKoebt3M8a— Nancy G. (@raregold2) November 6, 2019
Of all the places in the world to use the n-word, you chose a POPEYES full of black people?????? Well Sir, I hate to say it, but you asked for this 💀💀 https://t.co/ma1xV9XQqr— phat onion 🤪 (@alexis__cari) November 7, 2019
A few moments later...🤣😂🤣— Dutchess of Roti (@wickdchiq) November 6, 2019
And they took his sandwich!!!
I was wondering what kind of whiteness drug he had to be on to roll into @Popeyes screaming the N-word and not expect consequences and repercussions
A lot of people thought the ending was a form of poetic justice because of the shock of seeing a white man at a Popeyes, which serves Louisiana southern fried chicken, screaming the N-word in front of a group of Black customers.
Apparently a racist WM went up in a Popeyes calling Black customers the n-word and threatening them so he got jumped outside and they took his sandwiches. Justice.😂😂— 🆃🆁🆄🅳🆈 (@thetrudz) November 6, 2019
But this wasn’t the only Popeyes mishap since the chain decided to re-launch its famous chicken sandwich over the weekend. Numerous videos from different parts of the country show some form of brawl or conflict breaking out at Popeyes in the past week.
One Twitter user recorded two white men fighting outside a drive-thru in Ellenton, Florida.
The video shows one man thumping on the truck of a customer before the driver gets out and punches the man to the ground. But this didn’t turn into a violent, racist tirade, and Twitter found ample humor in it, namely the reaction of the Popeyes worker.
Hahahahah when I see “them” fighting pic.twitter.com/GZ0kpjxBhm— cubanlink (@missstamara) November 6, 2019
IM DONE YO 😭😂 pic.twitter.com/zmlVMlavwF— J.R (@Jefferson_1115) November 4, 2019
BUT WAIT!!!! Sis wasn’t ready either 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/RrFAxXrnHA— IG:ChrissyAyanaaa (@ItsChrissyAyana) November 5, 2019
Some can’t get over what the companion of the victim said in the video after he got hit: “When will you learn?”
YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES 🤣🤣🤣— rantpanda333 (@rantpanda333) November 6, 2019
I lost it when I heard “When will you learn?” Apparently old man has a bad habit!— • ¯(°_o)/¯ • (@dancowell) November 3, 2019
“When will you learn”😂 oh he does this often— Dominique🦋 (@iamdominiquev_) November 5, 2019
I know!!! I heard that too I was like uhmmm 🤨— 💗 (@itsmercedeswhte) November 5, 2019
And it generated a conversation on the overall responses to the new version of the chicken sandwich. It was a chance for Black people to sarcastically call angry white people fighting over chicken sandwiches “thugs.”
Look at these thugs— Dania (@dania_is_coco) November 5, 2019
Those hoodlums— Dwayne Wayne (@d_leezy20) November 4, 2019
I would suggest we not eat these Round 2 sandwiches... These are definitely different... We got a stabbing, and a wypipo fighting video.... and it's only day 3...— Donald Hills (@dwh542) November 5, 2019
This sandwich on another level when it got white folks turning on each other.— Zodiak_Knight (@ZodiakKnight) November 3, 2019
It’s a bit of a relief to see that it isn’t just black people fighting over that sandwich. 😂🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/DvOaOgVrHo— Da Kid Gowie (@DaKidGowie) November 5, 2019
Ahhh. Thank God. It's two white people pic.twitter.com/HDhB6Rkd7c— SO (middle of the mall) ICEY#Burr 💎🍦🏁 (@JOJU_POWERFUL) November 5, 2019
Other instances include two Popeyes employees getting into a fight in Ellenton, Florida.
so this is what happened at the popeyes in edgewood today🌚 pic.twitter.com/uL8xxTNWDF— cheyenne💃🏽 (@cheyyroberts) November 3, 2019
According to the Daily Mail, a customer screamed at Popeyes employees because his order of 10 sandwiches was taking too much time in New York. The Mail also reported another instance of a Tallahassee, Florida, Popeyes where the employees got into such a big fight that the customers had to step in.
Popeyes, meanwhile, told the Mail that the response to the launch of the sandwich is “extraordinary and unprecedented” and that the “safety and health” of their employees “is always our priority.”
This post has been updated.
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque