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If you choose to work for a city, you should probably be prepared to defend every aspect of it. That means supporting its politicians, its culture, its developments, and, most importantly, its food. Especially if the city is known for one dish in particular.
But Eric Phillips, the press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, decided to publicly take a stand against NYC’s pizza. In a controversial tweet, he said a deep dish pizza he ate in Chicago is “the best pizza in the United States.”
This is the best pizza in the United States and it’s not close. pic.twitter.com/wnKBUjuHkl— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) November 12, 2017
He followed up with tweets to describe his qualifications and reasonings. He called NYC pizza “fine.”
I️’ve lived in NYC for 12+ years. The flat, foldable, salt-less pizza is fine. I️ eat a lot of it. But it’s not as good as Chicago pizza. It’s like salisbury steak vs. actual steak. Sorry.— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) November 12, 2017
“I don’t think anyone cares what type of pizza the mayor’s press secretary likes,” he tweeted. “I think they care more about someone not being a phony.”
Because I️ like Chicago pizza. NYC has a lot of great pizza. But I️ prefer Chicago-style. I️ don’t think anyone cares what type of pizza the mayor’s press secretary likes. I️ think they care more about someone not being a phony. Especially about pizza!— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) November 13, 2017
Still, people wondered why Phillips would even tweet about his pizza preferences in the first place.
I was born in New York City and live in Chicago. Don't do this. Don't go there. There are more important fights right now. You don't understand the destructive forces you're playing with or the precipice you're too close to. Also, Chicago pizza is not pizza. https://t.co/PsR0s0RAaH— Jason Huggins (@hugs) November 14, 2017
What a strange way to resign. https://t.co/co5W4bSlZk— Adam Nathaniel Peck (@adamnpeck) November 14, 2017
I am a third generation, born and bred Brooklynite. I have pizza running through my veins. This is possibly the worst thing a spokesperson for New York's Mayor could ever say. Chicago? Really?: https://t.co/sRXeWW10IG— Steve Kastenbaum (@SKastenbaum) November 14, 2017
NYC's mayor prefers the Red Sox and his press secretary likes Chicago pizza better than NY's. Grounds for a recall? https://t.co/eZhX1dy9UG— paul schwartzman (@paulschwartzman) November 12, 2017
Phillips’ boss faced criticism earlier this year for the way he eats pizza in NYC. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet that a pizza he ordered in Staten Island was “structurally sound enough to eat without a fork and knife.” Pizza, of course, should always be eaten with your hands.
I have deemed the pizza at Lee's Tavern on Staten Island structurally sound enough to eat without a fork and knife. pic.twitter.com/yddVW8aGpt— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 9, 2017
At least the mayor’s press secretary likes the city’s bagels?
NYC bagels are the best, Kurtz. I’m not an animal.— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) November 14, 2017
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.