Watch: Pattie LaBelle’s on-air surprise

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A search for “Patti LaBelle sweet potato pie” on EBay returned.

Patti LaBelle loves the YouTube guy who sang the praises of her sweet potato pies, but she says the frenzy over the delicious dessert is all her doing.

Singer James Wright posts a video of himself on YouTube wearing a bedazzled hat, channeling Patti LaBelle and doing a little dance while eating pie — and racks up more than 2.2 million views. A Walmart publicist said Patti’s pie page is the most visited on their site and their stores sold one pie per second last weekend for 72 hours straight. Eventually, Walmart’s senior buyer of cakes and pies (yes, that’s a real job) released a video admitting that the chain store was initially unaware of the reason behind the spike, but they’re trying to get the pies back in stock as soon as possible. The company is, in fact, making huge strides to satisfy the demand; they’ve obtained 2 million pounds of sweet potatoes and employees are working to whip up those pies as quickly as they can.

Patti LaBelle superfan James Wright posted a fun video review of the pie on Thursday, and the clip soon went viral, garnering more than 10 million views across multiple Internet platforms. “Ooh it’s so pretty, look at that,” he says in the video, holding up one of the pies and breaking into song. “I want to taste Patti. After his third bite, he breaks into “Isn’t it a shame.” By bite four, he’s belting out “When you’ve been blessed.” He also uses plenty of profanity, so consider this your official warning.

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