A Chat With Norm Augustinus, the Guy Holding the "Die de Blasio Die" Banner at Columbus Circle [Updated]

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Photo by Reddit user Livings124

The carriage-horse debate has gotten rather heated lately, with animal rights activists and the de Blasio administration saying it's time for the practice to end, and carriage drivers, the Teamsters and Liam Neeson saying a ban on carriage horses will send the drivers into unemployment and the horses somewhere unpleasant. (NYCLASS, the main group pushing for a ban, says the horses can be saved from slaughter and sent to ASPCA-approved adoptive homes, if their owners will agree.)

A couple weeks ago, eccentric comedian and satirist Norm Augustinus decided to wade into the debate, with that eye-catching banner you see above. To answer all of your immediate questions: It's hyperbole, not an actual death threat, but Augustinus does really want the horses to stay. And yes, the NYPD has already been out talk to him.

Augustinus is originally from Detroit, but now lives on Central Park South. Besides his writing and comedy, he's best known for making a cartoon that depicted a drone vaporizing President Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. (Augustinus claimed that the Secret Service had threatened him, telling him to pull the cartoon or face "dire consequences," although both Slate and Roll Call , who looked into the story, were skeptical that was true.)

In either case, Augustinus has been standing at Columbus Circle for two or three hours a day for the past month. The woman holding up the other end of the banner is his niece, Rosie. Lately they've discontinued use of the "die de Blasio" banner and gone with this one instead:

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Photo by Reddit user Streeter5000
Augustinus and his niece at Columbus circle


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ronnathiggins1970
ronnathiggins1970

This is the kind of man we need to run NYC!  Unique!  intelligent! ballsy!  Someone get Norm backed and readied for the next NYC mayoral election. You got my vote Norm!       

Pitythyfool
Pitythyfool

wow, someone needs to get laid and get a job

Pitythyfool
Pitythyfool

wow, someone needs to get laid and get a job

saveanimation02
saveanimation02

" die de Blasio"- is just a good thing that the NYC should stop this thing .

markrlevin1957
markrlevin1957

Years ago I saw Bart Simpson (the cartoon), sporting a body tattoo that said, 'Die Bart Die!" It's an old phrase.  Allie Feldman sounds lie a bossy, manipulative control freak.  Real animals lovers aren't angry like she comes off in the above update. Animal lovers are compassionate and understanding, and most of them possess a sense of humor. Norm's efforts ARE particularly funny to me, and to a lot of other people in NY.   

Greta von Otto
Greta von Otto

Agree with everything but the "die" part! Life in prison with no parole will suffice.

evelynlasky1972
evelynlasky1972

Normally I wouldn't sign up to post a comment but I'm MAD! Whenever we visit New York my husband and I always make sure we get a carriage ride. I can't believe they're thinking of ending this. God bless this man.  He's unique there's no getting around that.  But aren't we told unique is where it's at? If I could I'd be standing right there alongside him I would be. Shame on you whomever you are for wanting to end this!  

audreyanngreen
audreyanngreen

Somebody call Jimmy Falon.  This is great.  This is beyond great.  This is stupendous!  This is why I live in NYC.  I want to party with you Norm.    

annmarieindc
annmarieindc

Genius.  I was in advertising many years.  What a piece of work.  You cut through the noise of Manhattan as skillfully as I've ever seen.  You should be awarded the the key to the city. 

cupid34689
cupid34689

i luv it.  we need more people like this cool man .  go norm norm!

cupid34689
cupid34689

Luv it! We need more people like this man.  Go Norm Go!

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

LOL..what a stupid fucking asshole!! LMAO

Maria Di Toro
Maria Di Toro

No, it's ok. Definitely don't want to meet that guy.

evearends1
evearends1

The protests by young girls (put near the horses) are about a fallen horse and horse pictures that are not accurate (i have never seen such a horse near the park at all). 


The fallen horse should be seen as many fallen people, trees, or bumped in cars and falls from high things and etc.. lol 


We don't all stop walking on the street, cause some person fell (and or even died). It is plain stupid to feel that all the horses should stop at the park. 


The girls must also NOT LOVE HORSES ! Horses after all love to work, run jump pull carriages and co operate with people. Horses are much like dogs. So there you have the police dogs, blind dogs, or just fun show dogs that trick away for the public.


The horses of the Spanish horse school give a good impression (lipizzaner horses) are the coolest example of what horses can, will and "like to" do !


Horses need good attention, food and a warm blanket, they get that !! If there should be anything done by anyone doubting that, we should CONSIDER hiring staff to look at them, and keep up the good of the horses, instead OF PUTTING THEM DOWN !! 


Because we all know there is no big daisy field for the horses !


The sweet darlings love NYC just as much as we do, and do not long for a sausage end !!


Sweet girls fighting horse carriages : please look in the mirror and STOP KILLING HORSES !!


We have a lovely City, and the new Mayor is pulling a lot of BIG NUMBERS on us already : taxes, schools, shelters, horse rides and police, are all DOWN because of him !!


NY-ers !! I know you have been complaining about the PERFECT Mayors you have had the ones that build the City back up... Now you have to stop this new Mayor because NOW you DO have a BAD ONE !! 


The votes for Bloomberg got un counted 'because he is on business" NY IS BUSINESS "are you killing it" ???


Oh and btw the guy on the picture is the GREATEST !! REALLY 


xx Evie <3 Fight for the Horses (OUR ANTIQUE NYC PRIDE)

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