Deluded Manhattan snob makes jaw-dropping call to NYC talk show
You’ve gotta hear this.
On Thursday night’s NY1 call-in show “The Call,” host John Schiumo asked viewers whom they were voting for — and why — in City Hall’s upcoming Democratic primary election. One Manhattanite, Joan from the Upper West Side, explained her hesitation to support NYC public advocate Bill de Blasio, currently leading the polls because of his criticism of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy (among other reasons).
Joan says the standards for the other four boroughs need not apply to the Isle of Man, a bold stance which some New Yorkers might find a tad offensive. “You can’t expect us to live by the same rules we dictate to other people, for heaven’s sake,” Joan told Schiumo. “Just because people like me are against stop-and-frisk in places like Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island doesn’t mean we don’t want it to continue in Manhattan. I mean, Manhattan is special. Let’s put it this way: we are New York. Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island, I don’t even like talking about those kinds of places.”
The debate continues on Twitter as to the legitimacy of the call. “It’s CLEARLY satirical,” tweeted The Atlantic Wire’s Philip Bump. His colleague, Elle Reeve, is convinced by the caller’s “same rules we dictate to others” comment that this has to be some sort of prank. Myself, I say it’s real. Upper West Siders consider themselves denizens of the city’s most precious alcove. I hear their Starbucks bathrooms have iPads. Even Hurricane Sandy knew to leave it be.