North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, has entered a vicious social media debate Monday that erupted when a national food website claimed something called “Brooklyn barbecue” was “taking over the world.”
Berger is calling for a “Bipartisan Defense of N.C. Barbecue” in response to the claim and article in on the Munchies website that said “Brooklyn barbecue” was “spreading to every corner of the world.” (The March 4 story is actually a reposting of a story first published in June 2014.)
The proposed bill came a day after Twitter erupted with mockery of the idea. “Brooklyn BBQ” was trending nationally on Twitter at one point Sunday afternoon, with most of the activity ridiculing the notion, reported the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, which is famous for its barbecue.
North Carolina is also famous for its barbecue, which is why Berger stepped up to nip things in the bud.
“Everyone makes mistakes,” said Berger in a press release, “and it’s time for the writers at Munchies to admit theirs: ‘Brooklyn barbecue’ – whatever that is – won’t be taking over North Carolina anytime soon. This is a fact on which we can all agree, and I call on Gov. Cooper and Speaker Moore to join me in mounting a bipartisan defense of our state’s finest food.”
Twitter was having a field day with the concept, including tweets of some of the most disgusting food imaginable passing “world dominating” cuisine.
“Pretty sure Brooklyn barbecue is when someone sets fire to an abandoned car with a rat’s nest in the trunk,” tweeted Graham J Noble of North Carolina.
“The mere fact that someone has tried to make ‘Brooklyn Barbecue’ a thing is about the clearest evidence of mankind’s imminent doom as I can imagine,” Tweeted Matt Enderle of Cambridge, England.