The singer dropped a new song, “Formation,” last week, and while it’s great for a number of reasons, the lyric “When he f**k me good, I take his ass to Red Lobster” really stood out.
As soon as the Internet realized that Beyoncé was name-checking the seafood chain, it did what it does best—make jokes.
Everybody pullin up to Red Lobster parking lot tonight like: pic.twitter.com/CxWAbZ0zH0— Mrs B (@CuteButNotFunny) February 6, 2016
"She came up in here with Jay one day and I hopped my ass out that tank & dove into the pot so fast. It was crazy!" pic.twitter.com/OaxGRzYP3x— dejon. (@DejonNoMustard) February 6, 2016
People soon began to wonder whether and how Red Lobster would respond to Queen B’s endorsement.
red lobster social media team deciding on the next tweet. pic.twitter.com/dy2l9mu1Qv— sean. (@Seantaneous) February 6, 2016
.@redlobster, wake up. you are missing your moment.— deray (@deray) February 7, 2016
Unfortunately, Red Lobster did respond—but it did so poorly.
This was Red Lobster’s moment: an opportunity to rise to the occasion and leap ahead of every other brand out there. That’s why the Internet was so disappointed that the brand had failed so miserably.
Of course, Red Lobster tried to make for its mistake with followup tweets, but the damage was already done.
Our bad. We're really busy for some reason. #ThanksB #👑🐝— Red Lobster (@redlobster) February 7, 2016
Despite—or perhaps because of—this Internet notoriety, the chain still did remarkably well over the weekend. Sales on Sunday jumped 33 percent over figures for the same time last year, the company revealed.
“We are absolutely delighted with what we saw over the weekend, particularly the consumer sentiment that we saw expressed,” Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup told CNBC. “It’s clear that Beyonce has helped create some Red Lobster fans, and we are very grateful to her for that.”
Red Lobster trended on Twitter for the first time, with its first response to “Formation” receiving more than 14,000 likes and retweets each. There was also a spike in Google searches for “red lobster” on Saturday.
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