[guest post by JVW]
In these woeful times we’ve seen a troubling trend where ordinary citizens — those who make our country such a bastion of freedom and toleration — are oftentimes shamed into silence because their views might not be entirely tolerated in a close-minded society in which compliance with community mores is aggressively enforced. Yet we can still rejoice that there are those among us who refuse to be bullied by the mob into meekly going with the flow. One such man is Ander Christensen of Lincoln, Nebraska, and he won’t stand idly by as popular barfood is misnamed:
I can’t tell you what I love more about this brave whistleblower, this Thomas Paine for our times: maybe it’s the hamburger tie, maybe it’s the ironclad logic with which he makes his argument, and maybe — just maybe — it’s because he is absolutely right in his assessment.
Naturally, Mr. Christensen’s crusade has attracted a great deal of attention among intellectual circles and the barfly community. The sports-beer-and-wings behemoth, Buffalo Wild Wings, while disagreeing with Mr. Christensen’s premise, is addressing the situation in that time-honored capitalist manner: by trying to buy him off. But our hero is an all-American patriot and he won’t be lured by filthy payola (or tasty Mango-Habanero wings) from the greedy corporatists of Big Wing:
Thank you for the wings. And I'm a sucker for a good charity. But know this fight isn't over yet.
— Ander Christensen (@Handsome121Duck) September 3, 2020
Our hero campaigns on, having earned a powerful and influential ally in the Nebraska Barbecue Council, who is taking the battle outside the borders of the Cornhusker State and urging their neighbors in Iowa to take up the cause against the criminal mislabeling of chicken parts. The franchise Wingstop has asked Twitter whether they should change the name of what is misleadingly called “boneless wings” to the more accurate “saucy nugs,” and thus far a majority of respondents has weighed in on behalf of honest disclosure.
The fight is far from over, but I am glad it has been set in motion. Not all heroes wear capes; sometimes they don a hamburger tie.