ABC 15 Goes to Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles for Reaction to Trayvon Martin Case

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Later on ABC 15: We go to the kitchen to get a woman's opinion on today's issues, but first, to the bank, where we're standing by with a Jew.


Out of all the places where ABC 15 could have looked for people to interview about their opinions on Trayvon Martin case, it just happened to pick Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles.

Perhaps the lighting at the local basketball court wasn't conducive to filming television interviews that night.

If this is flying right over your head, allow us to explain -- the belief that African-Americans like fried chicken and waffles (or are good at playing basketball) is what's called a stereotype.

The explanation from Dave Chappelle can be seen below:


Let's say a major university decides to serve chicken and waffles in a dining hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- which actually happened -- there's going to be a bit of a public-relations disaster.

Naturally, some people would opine that a TV station might not want to pick a chicken and waffles joint to interview people about a crime that many black activists see as racially charged.



Ilana Lowery, the editor of the Phoenix Business Journal, posted to Twitter, "As a journalist, I'm appalled @abc15phx went to Lolo's in Phoenix to get reaction to #ZimmermanVerdict. Why a chicken and waffle restaurant?"

Multiple people on social-networking websites compared it with a California TV station getting pranked into reading racist, fake, supposedly Asian-sounding names of the pilots involved in a plane crash, like "Wi Tu Lo," "Ho Lee Fuk."

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Jakaleena
Jakaleena

I live near LoLo's and love the place.  The food is just the sort I grew up with - comfort food from the south.  I'm also as white as they come, and whenever I've eaten there the dining room has been been pretty evenly split between black & white.

I find this story, making a big deal out if the whole thing, as racially motivated & charged as choosing it for an interview venue was in the first place.  

Everyone seems OH SO READY to be offended by something.  THAT'S what we as a society need to get a handle on.  The world is full of insensitive people and life comes with disappointments.  Sometimes people say & do hurtful things.  Not everything was MEANT to be a slap in the face to someone.  If we'd all stop acting like 8 year olds on the playground and deal with life like ADULTS we could stop whining about who hurt our little delicate feelings.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Maybe they wanted the opinion of stereotypical blacks?

glyphhunter
glyphhunter

I was at Lo Lo's a few days ago and had great service, and I'm as white as they come. Food was good, sorry others have had a bad experience.

No news cameras though

Whitey
Whitey

Black customers were getting good service. Me the white boy -- no staff talked to me or even stopped by to see if everything ok. Staff were all around the black customers. Bad chicken. Not fresh. Food kept warm under heat lamp. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

I'm just surprised the clowns at ABC15 didn't give out free watermelon for an interview....

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Why didn't they also get a hispanic/latino perspective since GZ is one.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Boo! Hiss! I'm not surprised. I've only watched Ch. 15 when there was no other local news on. I cannot stand that anchor (I don't know his name) who tries to sound like Lorne Greene.

bugzbunny
bugzbunny

what a maroon!!! station that is!

chitlin
chitlin

I've never been to lo lo's, but I've been to roscoe's chicken and waffles in hollywood many times and roscoe's is always full of negroes. I'm assuming that abc15 was looking for commentary specifically from the "black community" and lo lo's seems like a likely place to find them. The suggestion in the article about basketball courts would also be a logical location choice to seek out such commentary. All of the other boring "communities" don't make for good television, we just shrug our shoulders when asked about florida criminal cases and say something like "whatever" and then go back to work. the "black community" is where you get the vibrant and colorful commentary that people like to watch.

Sarriah Zale
Sarriah Zale

Well if that's "lo" then I'm game! Let's go!

Swoosh
Swoosh

Wow, that is an extremely tasteless tactic by the media.  The last thing people want to be bombarded with while eating is media opinion.  These corporations are out of control!

Derek Losey
Derek Losey

Michelle Obama says we have to go to a restaurant with "lo" in the name. Don't look at me. Healthier America. For freedom.

Sarriah Zale
Sarriah Zale

What?! Why not? Mu Shu's has chicken!!!!!

Derek Losey
Derek Losey

Sarriah... no Moo Shoos next Weds. Lo-Lo's Weds.

jones.mariah7
jones.mariah7

You might want to use the word African Americans next time because not everyone is a negro first of all it's rude second alot of African Americans/blacks take that word very offensive third talking like that could get you killed if you talking to the wrong one so watch what you say :)

Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein
Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein

@chitlin - They should have gone to the local emergency room and interviewed victims of Negro crime for THEIR perspective on the verdict?

misst55
misst55

@eric.nelson745 ever seen looney toons? Maroon is Moron in bugs bunny speak. What a maroon...

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