Thanks to the ongoing contract dispute between Time Warner Cable and the ownership of the New York Knicks, Councilman and social media enthusiast Peter Vallone Jr. wasn’t able to watch Jeremy Lin play at his house last night. Despite missing the basketball game, Mr. Vallone didn’t lose his sense of humor and he posted a somewhat politically incorrect joke on his Facebook (META) wall this morning.
“so since i cant see jeremy lin on cable because MSG wants a 53% increase, i did the next best thing and took my daughters to applebees last night and had the ‘sizzling asian’ special,” he wrote.
After some of his Facebook friends took umbrage at his remarks, Mr. Vallone refused to back down. He penned a defiant response on the site about an hour ago.
“to the few of you who thought my applebees post was insensitive, i’m sorry…that you have no sense of humor. please de-friend me (i need the space) so you are not traumatized by any future posts. you apparently have me confused with other politically correct electeds,” Mr. Vallone wrote.
Mr. Vallone’s crack about the Applebee’s “sizzling Asian” special drew 43 comments, two of them negative.
“That’s a culturally insensitive, ignorant comment. Not funny at all, especially from an elected official that’s supposed to represent a community with dignity, respect and professionalism,” wrote a Facebook friend who calls themselves “Astoria Haiku.”
Civil rights lawyer and political pundit Ron Kuby also weighed in with a more balanced take on Mr. Vallone’s posting.
“Actually it is quite insensitive, but quite funny,” he wrote. “Don’t ever change and don’t ever get more power then you have now.”
In addition to his request that easily offended Facebook users to unfriend him, Mr. Vallone’s response to his detractors included a joke about his Italian ancestry and cheers for Mr. Lin.
“i’m going back to applebees now to have the “italian special” to make me feel better. and damn i hope jeremy continues his va-LIN-tine week gift to NYC!!”
Here at The Politicker, we love Mr. Vallone’s candid Facebook posts, but he may want to be a bit more careful about angering the Asian community. Mr. Vallone is currently considering a run for borough president in Queens where over 20 percent of the population is Asian.