'American Idol' alum Bo Bice threatens legal action after being called 'white boy'

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UPDATED, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Bo Bice has made peace with Popeye's. The singer tweeted Tuesday night, "I asked the employee [not] be fired, got apology, done. People should have more respect for one another & not use demeaning language."

Bo Bice is threatening to set his lawyers on the Popeye's fast food chain, after he says he was referred to as a "white boy" by a restaurant employee.

In a Facebook post Monday, Bice — a runner-up in Season 4 of "American Idol" — wrote, "All I wanted was an apology... Now, Popeyes's [sic] will be hearing from my attorney."

In an interview with Atlanta's Fox 5 published Tuesday, Bice said that he was subjected to the racially-charged language at a Popeye's on Friday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

"The three ladies behind the counter asked whose food it was," Bice said. "Just when I turned around, one of them said 'that white boy.'"

The comment left a seriously bad taste in the singer's mouth, with Bice suggesting a double standard was at play.

"If tables had been turned and I used something as insensitive like that ... I would be boycotted, people wouldn't buy my albums," Bice said.

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Bo Bice, 29, from Helena, Alabama during 'American Idol' Season 4 - Top 12 Finalists Party at Astra West in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage for Fox Television Network)
'American Idol' Season 4 - Top 12 Finalist, Bo Bice, 29, from Helena, Alabama (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
'American Idol' Season 4 - Top 11 Finalists, Constantine Maroulis, 29, from New York City, New York, Nikko Smith, 22, from St. Louis, Missouri, Bo Bice, 29, from Helena, Alabama, Anthony Fedorov, 19, from Trevose, Pensylvania and Scott Savol, 28, from Cleveland, Ohio (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
'American Idol' Season 4 - Top 7 Finalists, (Back Row) Scott Savol, 28, from Cleveland, Ohio, Anwar Robinson, 25, from Newark, New Jersey, Vonzell Solomon, 20, from Fort Myers, Florida and Anthony Fedorov, 19, from Trevose, Pensylvania (front row) Bo Bice, 29, from Helena, Alabama, Carrie Underwood, 21, from Checotah, Oklahoma and Constantine Maroulis, 29, from New York City, New York (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
'American Idol' Season 4 - Top 6 Finalist, Bo Bice, 29, from Helena, Alabama (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
'American Idol' Season 4 - Top 5 Finalist, Bo Bice, 29, from Helena, Alabama (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
'American Idol' Season 4 - Top 3 Finalists, Carrie Underwood, 21, from Checotah, Oklahoma, Bo Bice, 29, from Helena, Alabama and Vonzell Solomon, 20, from Fort Myers, Florida (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 24: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) and finalist Bo Bice appear onstage at the 'American Idol' final performance show at the Kodak Theatre on May 24, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) 'American Idol' Season 4 - Top 3 Finalist, Carrie Underwood, 21, from Checotah, Oklahoma, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and fellow Finalist Bo Bice, 29, from Helena, Alabama (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
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'American Idol' Season 4 - Top 2 Finalist, Bo Bice, 29, from Helena, Alabama (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 25: (EMBARGO: ALL RESULT IMAGES OR ANY IMAGE REVEALING THE WINNER OR RUNNER UP OF AMERICAN IDOL IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 10PM PT/1 AM ET.) Singer Carrie Underwood (R) is named the new American Idol by host Ryan Seacrest (C) as American Idol finalist Bo Bice (L) looks on during the American Idol Finale: Results Show held at the Kodak Theatre on May 25, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 20: American Idol runner-up Bo Bice performs on the NBC Today Show June 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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Bice added that the treatment he received was symptomatic of a larger issue that needs to be addressed.

"It's time for us to wake up and start having some dialogue," the singer said. "It's not 1960, it's 2017 and we are all adults here."

A spokeswoman for Popeye's has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment. However, in a statement to Fox 5, Mack II Inc., which operates the Popeye's franchise at the airport, says that the general manager of the franchise has apologized to the singer, and that "corrective action" has been taken.

"Mack II Inc. is very sorry that the incident occurred and for any pain or embarrassment that Mr. Bice experienced. The company does not condone the behavior of one of our associates and we took corrective action as soon as we were made aware of the incident," the statement read. "Also, we will require re-training of our associates to ensure this isolated incident does not occur again. In addition, Mr. Bice has been issued an apology by the General Manager. We value all of our customers regardless of race, religion, age, disability, gender, etc."

Watch Bice discuss the situation in the video below.

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