Red Lobster appeared to be asleep at the keyboard this weekend, as it came under fire from Twitter fans who couldn’t seem to believe the chain was missing the chance to respond to a shout-out from one of the music industry’s biggest stars.
The seafood chain took around eight hours to answer to the Saturday release of Beyonce’s latest single, “Formation,” which features the racy line, “When he f--- me good, I take his ass to Red Lobster.”
Twitter fans were unamused by the delay, with some even calling for the chain’s social media team to be fired:
@redlobster fire ur agency. Then fire everyone who hired them— KING BEN SOLOMON (@KINGS0L0M0N) February 7, 2016
I see the @redlobster social media team is sleeping through this opportunity, much like the server I had the last time I rolled by there...— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) February 7, 2016
red lobster social media team deciding on the next tweet. pic.twitter.com/dy2l9mu1Qv— Sean. (@Seantaneous) February 6, 2016
When the chain did issue a response, it wasn’t as cheeky as fans were hoping for:
And in spite of a few apologies, many remained unsatisfied:
Our bad. We're really busy for some reason. #ThanksB— Red Lobster (@redlobster) February 7, 2016
You took all day to think and this is all you got? @redlobster— Brandon Borders (@Brandon_Borders) February 7, 2016
Adding insult to injury, Red Lobster was also the subject of a Monday report released by Inside Edition that claims the chain’s lobster bisque sometimes contains cheaper meat than advertised.