Perdue Chicken is clarifying on social media that it has no connection to Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who has been widely criticized for making fun of the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at a Trump campaign rally on Friday.
"Ka-MAL-a, Ka-MAL-a or Kamala, Kamala, Ka-mala, -mala, -mala, I don't know, whatever," Perdue said. The crowd in Macon, Georgia, burst into cheers and laughter.
Perdue's campaign has called the senator's comments unintentional, but angry netizens took to Twitter over the weekend calling for a boycott of Perdue Chicken. The Perdue campaign's statement seemed dismissive to social media users and fueled the trend #MyNameIs on Twitter over the weekend as people of color shared stories of people ridiculing or mispronouncing their own names.
After being repeatedly pecked at on social media, the chicken company spent all Saturday morning responding to people individually on Twitter and assuring them that "David Perdue has no affiliation with our Perdue brand."
The Georgia senator is a cousin of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, but is not related to the family that started Perdue Chicken in 1920.
"We are a fourth-generation, family owned poultry company," the company tweeted.
The company's efforts to distance itself from Perdue did not go unnoticed. The person signing many of the company's tweets, Eliza, became a focal point herself on Twitter, with users circulating "Poor Eliza" and the #FreeEliza hashtag.
Perdue Chicken did not respond to PRWeek's request for comment.
Senator Perdue's campaign could not be reached for comment.