The owner of a Florida pizza shop says people are boycotting his business because he bear-hugged President Barack Obama on Sunday.
“People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Scott Van Duzer, 46, told POLITICO. “There’s no middle line anymore, and that’s exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.”
Conservative users flooded Yelp with fake bad reviews and, according to ABC News, sent “Big Apple Pizza’s overall rating in a tailspin.”
“Talk about committing business suicide. After picking up Obama, your (sic) books are gonna be in the red pretty soon. Not too smart,” wrote one commenter, who delivered his one star (out of five) rating from Cottonwood, Ariz., about 2,200 miles away.
But just as quickly as Big Apple’s stars disappeared, they were back. The backlash to the backlash was delivered swiftly. By late afternoon, Van Nuzer’s pizza spot was back up in the rankings, registering a full five stars.
Another user, this one checking in from Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,165 miles away, chirped: “Really, conservatards? You try to trash a man’s business because he likes a different political candidate than you? What scum you all are. Go crawl back in your holes. SCOTT VAN DUZER IS MY HERO!”
Dare to stray from the GOP cult and use your First Amendment rights? That there calls for a little sabotage.