The minor imbroglio between Saturday Night Live and Peekskill reminded me of a similar run-in I once had with Artie DeAngelis when he was the mayor of Elmsford. This goes back 10 years.
In fact, looking through a box of junk today, I found a letter DeAngelis wrote to the editor complaining about a joke I made at the tiny village’s expense. I have no memory what the column was about except that it had something to do with the World Series between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets.
DeAngelis identified the offending paragraph as follows:
As for the female angle, I propose that any essay, written or verbal, that uses the word, ‘hottie’ in describing Derek Jeter or Mike Piazza be condemned to spend a night in Elmsford dancing the ‘El Duque’ with a decidedly non-hottie Louis Sojo.”
Artie really took offense at that. His letter was off the charts insane.
Here’s a highlight:
“What does female angle mean– prostitute? What is a ‘hottie’? Can’t be good. Are we being ethnic with Jeter and Piazza? Condemned to spend a night in Elmsford. Does this mean we have undesirable people that Jeter and Piazza would visit? Dancing the El Duque with a decidedly non-hottie like Luis Sojo. Does this mean we have dishonorable Hispanics and Hispanic night clubs in Elmsford?”
The mayor went on to say, rather self-servingly, that I should have written about more positive stuff like “our less than 1% tax increase,” the village’s new water tank, fire trucks and so on.
I don’t know, but I think Artie might have been a little too sensitive. It’s funny — but not long after, Romantic Depot, the purveyor of sex toys and porn, moved into town. Maybe the mayor was seeing the future when he read the word “hottie.”