Offensive NBC Cafeteria Menu Probably Jay Leno's Fault, Somehow


Posted to the Twitter feed of Jimmy Fallon bandleader and Movieline party D.J. ?uestlove was this snapshot (click for larger) of a Black History Month-themed lunch served today in NBC's 30 Rock commissary. Shortly thereafter, an NBC rep tweeted this: "The sign in the NBCU cafeteria has been removed. We apologize for anyone who was offended by it." Upper-management is now discussing the best way to proceed with the latest P.R. disaster to befall the beleaguered network, including the option of building a 10 p.m. show around the menu called The Racist Soul Food Variety Hour. [@questlove via The Wrap]


  • SunnydaZe says:

    "16oz Fountain Soda"
    Whites to the left; Blacks to the right...

  • the kid says:

    Sure it might be racist, but all that food for $7.50! What a deal!

  • el smrtmnky says:

    i heard they're offering a shot of absolut and two bumps of coke for pride month. (Bravo employees get three).

  • Martini Shark says:

    This is utterly offensive! Aquafina?! Get Sharpton on the phone!!

  • HwoodHills says:

    Fr: NBC Human Resources Director
    To: 30 Rock Restaurant Manager
    Re: Black History Month Special 2/3/10
    Yo, Dawg-
    You fired.

  • Anonymously says:

    I'm sure they meant well.

  • HwoodHills says:

    I can't wait for Asian History Month:
    Flied cheekin (taste like cat) with lice and noodles.
    Plus cold tea!
    $51.12 yen!

  • Old No.7 says:

    Hey, I didn't know that NBC hired Fuzzy Zoeller.

  • Jenna says:

    “The sign in the NBCU cafeteria has been removed. We apologize for anyone who was offended by it.”
    apologize for those offended by it?
    How about apologizing for allowing it to be posted AND apologizing TO everyone it offends? As if it's uncertain whether a person could be offended.

  • Dimo says:

    And for dessert: cake a la Huxtable.

  • Daft Clown says:

    Hopefully Jeff Zucker will tweet as to whether or not he is enjoying the new menu of crow and humble pie.

  • Southerngal says:

    I am from the south and eat all the foods on that menu. I don't know what blacks in other parts of the country like to eat. Down here, some of our best restaurants are owned and run by blacks who really know how to cook collard greens, any type of beans, fried chicken, and top it off with a slice of sweet juicy watermelon. It's not JUST a black thing, it is a southern thing. If you are screaming racism at this menu, you are being disrespectful of a wonderful culture. Down here, we have always been the brunt of jokes. Luckily, I have learned to laugh at those stereotypes, but demeaning our diet at racist irks me. IT IS NOT RACIST!

  • stolidog says:

    you are such a racist, wow.

  • emberglance says:

    "All I wanted to do was make a meal that everyone would enjoy -- and that I eat myself. 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.' 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.
    A disappointed Calhoun, who has worked at NBC for eight years, said she's been begging for years to make special entrees in honor of Black History Month, and got her wish last year. The plan was to have one special meal every Thursday during February -- although she said she's nervous about next week. Asked if she understood why some people might find her menu concept offensive, Calhoun said, "I don't understand it at all. It's what I eat."
    So racist!

  • Mark says:

    geeze you would think we are un humans aginst humans Look people this political correct crap and racist this and that aren't we all just the human race. Civilized is very questionable with people getting offended over words what ever happened to sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me,
    This country is morely incorrect and worse than bankrupt, And we are putting so much energy into this crap of being afraid to use our freedoms of speech because its not politicaly correct. lets all just get along and fix these finances and then we will be politicaly correct.

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