Mike Bloomberg On Chick-Fil-A: Banning Soda Is OK. Banning Homophobic Chicken Peddlers Is Un-American

For a guy who's hell-bent on imposing his will on just about everyone, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has taken a rather uncharacteristic stance in the ongoing flap over the outrage stemming from homophobic comments made by Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy -- especially for a guy who claims to be a staunch advocate for gay marriage.

During his weekly radio address this morning, the mayor said that trying to shut down a restaurant because of the opinion of its owner goes against the essence of the freedoms laid out in the Constitution.

Just to be clear, this is the same (ahem) freedom-loving mayor who wants to ban soda served in containers larger than 16 ounces, wants to hide baby formula from new mothers to persuade them to breast-feed, and who wants to rip the guns from the cold, dead hands of everyone on the planet (in other words, if the mayor wants to play the role of Constitutional scholar, he might want to get a refresher on the Second Amendment).

"It isn't the right thing to do and it isn't what America stands for," Bloomberg said this morning. "And those people who don't like (Chick-fil-A) don't understand their rights were protected by people who took a difficult position in the past and stood by it. They stood up so everybody else would be free."

The mayor, obviously, is referring to Cathy's First Amendment right to say whatever the hell he wants -- regardless of how (ahem) "Christian" it may be.

Bloomberg's comments are in response to other U.S. mayors telling Chick-Fil-A to stay out of their cities because Cathy's comments don't jibe with the tolerant values of their respective municipalities. Regardless of where you stand on whether it's the mayors' place to tell the restaurant to stay out (which, we would argue, it isn't), Bloomberg's a hypocrite.

Before today, the mayor's most recent bout with hypocrisy involved his standing behind the city selling 28,000 pounds of used bullet casings to a Georgia ammunition business, which will refill the casings and re-sell -- at a discounted rate -- as live rounds. The sale happened just weeks before a study by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives showed that of the 8,793 guns seized in New York in 2011, only 1,595 were actually purchased here. Granted, the report is talking about guns, not bullets, but it's stats like these that fuel Bloomberg's incessant push for other states to enact tougher gun-control laws, with the goal of keeping the weapons out of New York.

Additionally, just last week it was revealed that the mayor will host a fundraiser for National Rifle Association-backed Massachusetts Senate candidate Scott Brown, who earned an "A" rating from the group -- all as Bloomberg continues to be the face of the campaign for tougher national gun laws.

Then there's the soda -- while attempting to curb obesity by telling fatsos how much soda they're allowed to drink, Bloomberg endorsed "National Doughnut Day," and presided over the ceremonial weigh-in at this year's Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest. As we noted in prior posts, last year's hotdog winner, Joey Chestnut, ate 62 hot dogs in 12 minutes, which is the equivalent of 66 Mountain Dews.

But Bloomberg loves freedom, and defends the Constitution -- we just didn't realize the Constitution is served buffet style.

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You cant compare the two,one is the opinion of an individual who runs a fast food company even if we believe that his opinion is retarded he still has that right just as yo have the right to call Bloomberg any name you want.  The ban on soda is based on scientific fact.  Its like saying we shouldn't put warnings on cigarette boxes because you don't like the stance the surgeon general took on any other subject.  You cant compare the two.  If you really hate Chick-Fil-A then don't buy their products. Let all of the unhealthy fat people die on their own and then you wont have to worry about it.


It's tempting to compare these two stances, but it's also unfounded. It is within Dan Cathy's Constitutional rights to say and think whatever he pleases about same-sex marriage, as repulsive as we think those words and thoughts are. See: the First Amendment.


I don't recall ever seeing any Constitutional stance on selling and/or limiting soft drinks, however. 


Maybe Bloomberg is a hypocrite for other reasons, but it's not fair to label him as such on these two particular issues. If you're against Chick-Fil-A's in NYC, use your Constitutional right to protest (see also: the First Amendment), or better yet, vote with your dollar. Don't support those damn fools--their chicken isn't worth it. 

jonathan.nyc topcommenter

Want to ban a national chain every time the CEO said something you don't like?  


You know better than to suggest that, but you just did.  


For the record, serving piggish amounts of Coca-Cola is not constitutionally protected.


All Bloomberg cares about is money, his legacy and running the lives of his subjects.


The VV has become a right-wing rag! I'd cancel my subscription if I had one! j/k

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