Jim Cornette went into detail about his NWA departure on the latest episode of his podcast, saying the intent of his “bucket of chicken” line on commentary wasn’t racially motivated.
In case you missed it … Cornette attempted to describe the strength and courage of Trevor Murdoch during the latest episode of NWA Powerrr and said, “He’s the only man I’ve ever known that can strap a bucket of fried chicken on his back and ride a motor scooter across Ethiopia.”
This led to NWA pulling his comments from the episode and Jim Cornette resigning.
On the latest episode of The Jim Cornette Experience, the announcer says NWA VP David Lagana called saying they were going to have to apologize because people on Twitter were angry about the comment. Cornette claims he told Lagana that he doesn’t appreciate being grouped into apologies for things he’s not necessarily sorry for, which would seem to explain why the apology and his resignation were released together.
The 58-year old then explains that jokes about the Ethiopian famine were popular in the ’80s – which is when he first used it – and deconstructs why people should’ve still thought it was funny. “A bucket of chicken sounds funnier, it’s a funnier visual, than a f*cking plate of sushi,” he added.
“It’s a starvation joke, not a race joke,” he continued. “Whether it’s a good joke or a bad joke, it was a joke that has been told on TBS, USA Network, broadcast television stations across America over a variety of locations for the past 30 years.”
Jim also points out that footage was shot weeks ago and nobody behind the scenes took issue with it. He also says David Lagana told him the comment “passed right by” him while editing the show.
“If when I had said it, the producer – one of whom is Dave Lagana, but there’s a variety of people that can talk to us on our headsets – had said, ‘Awww, Jim. Don’t say that.’ ‘Ok, sorry,'” Cornette states. “If after the show, well we’re gonna have to take out that one joke out, ‘Ok, fine, sorry to make you have extra work.’ If anybody called me up and said, ‘Jim, you told that joke you’ve told a bunch of times, well that’s racist.’ ‘Ok, I didn’t know that.’ Cause I was thinking it was f*cking funny cause the people in Ethiopia were hungry.”
He then draws comparison to his joke and the Starvin Marvin character on South Park.
Jim says if NWA had taken some ownership for letting the comment slip through in the editing process, he would have been more on board with things. However, that wasn’t the case and this was starting to no longer be fun for him.
“I’m not that sorry, cause it was a joke. And if you don’t like the joke, that’s fine, and I’d even apologize for a bad joke. But this goddamn feedback was above and beyond the offense. And I didn’t mean it in any racist way, for f*cks sake. I think the people that took it instantly as racist think that must be the only thing on people’s minds when they think of black people and chicken. Which, that’s a whole nother issue that you’ve got. Cause I’m going for Starvin Marvin.”
“I, in now way, was thinking in that direction,” he additionally noted. “To anyone who was legitimately offended by a bad joke in kinda sort of a way and would accept a reasonable apology, as humans sometimes do … yes, I’m sorry. Because I didn’t intend it that way.”
Cornette’s full explanation can be HEARD HERE.