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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The New York Times Takes a While to Get the Joke

Posted by on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Travis Nichols, who has written for The Stranger and who edited my piece on cowboy poetry a few weeks back, accidentally inspired a New York Times blog post with a Twitter post that was supposed to be funny.

On Tuesday afternoon, amid calls to boycott Arizona — in response to its new law authorizing police officers to ask people suspected of being illegal immigrants to produce their documents — a writer named Travis Nichols posted this thought on Twitter:

I think we should all also boycott Arizona Iced Tea because it is the drink of fascists.

Arizona Iced Tea, of course, is made in New York City. Nichols's Twitter post rocketed around the internet, and he became a conservative punching bag for a little while. About an hour and a half after the original post, the Times updated the original blog post saying that on closer investigation, they believed Nichols could possibly be joking. And then, almost two hours after that update, they posted another update featuring an interview with Nichols who says the joke wasn't even that funny—"As a joke I would give it a C minus"—and, further, he

expressed shock that his comment could spread so far so fast before anyone got in touch with him to confirm that he was not kidding, or even looked closely at his other comments on Twitter. It seemed to him, he said, that people writing on the Web sites of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh simply wanted evidence to support their theory that liberals are idiots and the idea that there was a misguided campaign to boycott Iced Tea was, as they used to say in the news business, too good to check

I have to say, though, that "The Drink of Fascists" is a great slogan.

UPDATE: This HTMLGiant interview with Nichols is not to be missed.


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TVDinner 1
You could probably launch a whole product line around that slogan. The bottles could have photos of GW Bush on 'em.

Zing! (Ok, that's not even a good enough joke to merit a C minus.)
Posted by TVDinner http:// on April 29, 2010 at 12:24 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 2
It's made in New York? Well, that's a good enough reason for me to boycott it.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on April 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM · Report this
Geni 3
I think that's Coors, not Arizona Iced Tea, anyway.
Posted by Geni on April 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM · Report this
OuterCow 4
Posted by OuterCow on April 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
Arizona Iced Tea is the favorite drink of blind NY Governors.
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 29, 2010 at 1:44 PM · Report this
john t 6
"Q; Which of these was one of Mussolini's favorite drinks?

A: Strawberry sherbet frappe. A frappe made with strawberry sherbet, Chianti wine, and angostura bitters to be exact. Mussolini's fondness for this frappe was so widely known through Italy, that the drink was automatically associated with the dictator. Near the end of World War 2, a man named Giuseppe Marscone was lynched by an angry, anti-Mussolini mob because he had ordered the drink. If Marscone even knew it was a favorite of Mussolini was never known."…
Posted by john t on April 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM · Report this
Travis is a sweetheart (with a new book coming out soon!) and I hope that somehow this makes him rich and famous.
Posted by Michael Wells on April 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM · Report this
Dougsf 8
See you on the flippity-flop, New York Times!
Posted by Dougsf on April 29, 2010 at 2:07 PM · Report this
elenchos 9
How does being made in NYC make it less Arizonan? Or less fascist? Do they think they can fool us by making the iced tea outside Arizona? I'm not buying another bottle until they repeal this vile law.
Posted by elenchos on April 29, 2010 at 2:09 PM · Report this
Chris in Vancouver WA 10
@ 6 - Strawberry sherbet frappe??? Wow, that's pretty gay. So maybe Il Duce' had an Il Dude'?
Posted by Chris in Vancouver WA on April 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM · Report this

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