10 May 2016

Eat This, Bill De Blasio!

Chick-Fil-A New York
New York city Mayor Bill De Blasio suggested that everyone in his community should avoid Chick-Fil-A because of the company president’s negative view of same-sex marriage made me gag.

Well, try to eat your words De Blasio because the popular national chicken chain is opening more outlets around your town, drawing happy throngs and creating jobs in formerly empty storefronts.

This was how the mayor welcomed them a few days ago: "I'm certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn't urge any other New Yorker to patronize them."

Chick-Fil-A will survive De Blasio's comments and will strive some more. But as long as de Blasio’s trashing eateries in order to stroke special interests — common sense be damned — why won’t he take on other restaurants which might offend certain ethnic and gender sensitivities?

Italian-American joints often hang photos of Italian mobster-playing actors such as Marlon Brando and James Gandolfini, and even of real-life murderer John Gotti. The stereotype-promoting pictures at Capri on Mulberry Street left this Italian-American mortally wounded.

Every New Yorker would at least think a restaurant which posed a clear and present danger to public safety might draw his ire. But when the Carnegie Deli reopened recently after a 10-month shutdown, he cheerily tweeted a celebratory photo of a pastrami sandwich.

Never mind that Carnegie Deli was closed by city officials for illegally siphoning gas — the same kind of stunt which blew up an East Village building last year, killing two people and injuring 19. But de Blasio prefers to pick and choose only those eatery beefs that satisfy his appetite for sucking up.