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Cynthia Nixon put lox on a cinnamon raisin bagel, and the Internet exploded

Lox her up?

Actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon was spotted ordering lox, or smoked salmon, on a cinnamon raisin bagel Sunday at the legendary Zabar’s deli in Manhattan — a move that has drawn widespread mockery and even prompted a response from Nixon herself.

In the video posted Monday by news site Gothamist, Nixon asked for the lox on top of a cinnamon raisin bagel with the “full load,” including capers, sparking almost instantaneous disgust from fellow bagel-lovers.

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For those not in the bagel-and-lox know: It is a truth universally acknowledged (at least in the New York area and among many of the Jewish faith) that smoked salmon is best enjoyed on a similarly offensive-tasting bagel. Plain will do in a pinch, of course, but true followers know that flavortown is kicked up a notch when you slap that cold fish on an everything, garlic, onion, or salt bagel.

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Many took to Twitter (including Kellyanne Conway’s husband) to express their disgruntled views on Nixon’s breakfast choice, some using the #bagelgate hashtag.

The outcry became so loud, Nixon was forced to defend her stance to reporter.

“It’s my go-to brunch, breakfast, whether I’m out or at home,” she said in a video, as journalists crowded around her to hear this historic defense. “I mean, it’s not uncooked oatmeal, but it’s pretty delicious. And I say, don’t yuck my yum, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. As the guy behind the counter said, ‘sweet and salty’ — it’s an unbeatable combination.”

Nixon also used the snafu to try raising cash for her political campaign.

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Some people, however, jumped to Nixon’s defense.

Nixon isn’t the only pol to face a furor over her food choices in the Big Apple. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been mocked for eating pizza with a fork, and Ohio Governor John Kasich received some media attention after going to town on local specialties in the Bronx during the 2016 presidential campaign.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ate pizza with a fork at Goodfellas Pizza in Staten Island on Jan. 10, 2014.
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ate pizza with a fork at Goodfellas Pizza in Staten Island on Jan. 10, 2014.

Nixon, who has two children being raised in the Jewish faith, is running against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on a progressive platform. The primary election takes place this Thursday.

A poll released Monday suggests Cuomo has a wide lead over Nixon, an education activist and former ‘‘Sex and City’’ star, the Associated Press reported. According to the survey, Cuomo now leads Nixon 63 to 22 percentage points.

Wire material from the Associated Press was used in this report.