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.
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.
Many took to Twitter (including Kellyanne Conway’s husband) to express their disgruntled views on Nixon’s breakfast choice, some using the #bagelgate hashtag.
Lox her up?— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 10, 2018
I?m undecided in the NY primary on Thursday and #Bagelgate may determine my vote.— Phil Klinkner (@pklinkne) September 11, 2018
People seem to be missing the important point that capers and cinnamon and raisins just don't mix. It's not about the damn lox.— Joshua Holland(@JoshuaHol) September 10, 2018
It's wrong, is what I'm saying.
I have to assume they were having lox and cream cheese on a raisin bagel. https://t.co/SCOLcN2Spw— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) September 11, 2018
I think the confusion over Cynthia Nixon's sandwich is the misconception of "bagel." She can eat lox and cream cheese on anything she damn well pleases, w/cinnamon, chocolate chips, raisins, whatever. No shame. But "cinnamon raisin" is not a bagel. Signed: Daughter of Bagel Maker— Jodi Jacobson (@jljacobson) September 11, 2018
Ok, let's settle this. You are getting a lox and bagel. What bagel do you get it on?— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) September 10, 2018
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.
Yes, I like to eat a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with... lox, capers, red onions, cream cheese, and tomatoes.— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 11, 2018
Give a few bucks to help support our campaign in the last days before the primary and enter for a chance to have YOUR favorite bagel with me: https://t.co/Q9Whsj4T6j. pic.twitter.com/pkfjRLNZuT
Some people, however, jumped to Nixon’s defense.
Sure, you might be more comfortable with an established choice - a sesame, an everything, a centrist bagel - but we've TRIED those bagels.— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) September 10, 2018
lox on cinnamon raisin is good, actually— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) September 10, 2018
I?ve been putting lox and cream cheese on a raisin bagel for years. It?s delicious. https://t.co/mtMmAeD0Wz— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) September 11, 2018
Confirming my earlier tweet, I am currently eating the @CynthiaNixon bagel for lunch and it?s great. You can smell the cinnamon if you look for it, but the other ingredients dominate. The moisture from the tomato tempers the onion and brings out the butteriness of the lox. pic.twitter.com/TSwmQGH9hK— Daniela Galarza (@superdaniela) September 11, 2018
After several hours of contemplation and soul-searching I?ve come to the conclusion that lox and capers on a cinnamon-raisin bagel is sort of North African and sort of Scandinavian and on the whole maybe not as awful as I?d first considered. I apologize for rashly judging.— your friend Helen (@hels) September 10, 2018
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.
I think Kasich is enjoying the Bronx pic.twitter.com/WXOBhO84my— Jennifer Fermino (@jfermino) April 7, 2016
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.