A Port Vincent man facing charges of aggravated battery and cruelty to the infirm for abusing his elderly mother claims a popular brand of seasoning instructed him to strike her.
Garrick Honore told police he slapped his 82-year-old, live-in mother after seeing numerous TV commercials for “Slap Ya Mama” Cajun seasoning mix.
According to a police report, Honore told investigators he repeatedly struck his mother, for whom he’s been caring for nearly five years, because the jingle got stuck in his head after seeing the commercials several times.
“Everyone in the commercials seems to be having a good time, so I figured I might feel better if I slapped her a bit.”
He also reportedly told authorities, “Everyone in the commercials seems to be having a good time, so I figured I might feel better if I slapped her a bit.”
A spokesman for the company that makes “Slap Ya Mama” denied all culpability in the attack.
Claude Belanger of Walker & Sons insisted, “Mais, cher, dat’s retarded, yeah!”
He said the Ville Platte company will continue airing the commercials despite Honore’s claim.
Belanger also said Walker & Sons will continue to create seasoning products with evocative names. In August, he said, they plan to release “Smack the Shit Outta Ya Kids” hot sauce.