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Fried Chicken and Oyster Spot Roy Boys Opens Friday Without Controversial Murals - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Feb 13,2019
Filed Under Restaurants , Local Tastes,

Roy Boys fried chicken. Photo courtesy Roys Boys.

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Fried chicken and oyster spot Roy Boys has gotten off to a controversial start for murals depicting famous rappers with chicken parts. The Shaw restaurant initially featured one image of Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Suge Knight with beaks and another of the Notorious B.I.G. with a feathered head.

Co-owner Scott Parker of Virginia spots Don Tito’s, Barley Mac, and Taco says his business partner Marlon Marshall (perviously general manager of Ghibellina) is a big old-school hip-hop fan. The idea was to pay tribute to some music icons with artwork that would be thematic to the restaurant. But as soon as the images became public, Roy Boys was criticized for cultural appropriation, animalizing black men, and perpetuating negative stereotypes of fried chicken in black culture. As Eater previously reported, Rahman “Rock” Harper called out the restaurant—located blocks from Howard University—on his podcast, saying, “It seems like the gentrifiers just don’t get it.”

Parker, who’s white, and Marshall, who’s black, say they were surprised the backlash. “We’re not out to hurt anybody. We’re trying to serve fried chicken and oysters,” Parker says. “They’re certainly not worth fighting for if they are hurting somebody.”

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