You May Now Argue About Politics On Yelp

Just when you thought Yelp couldn’t get any less helpful, it turns into an amalgam of the comment sections from RedState and Daily Kos. The victim (and eventual beneficiary) of this development is one Scott Van Duzer, whom you will recognize as the Floridian pizzeria owner—hooray small businesses in swing states!—made instantly famous by enveloping President Obama in a bear hug yesterday.

Duzer, a registered Republican who voted for Obama in 2008 and says he will do so again in November, was not immediately shot by the secret service and therefore became a hero to passionate liberals who set about glorying in this moment on any and every digital platform. Meanwhile, outraged conservatives called for a boycott and began to bomb Duzer’s establishment, Big Apple Pizza, with sputtering, hysterical one-star reviews on Yelp.

Maybe it has something to do with the GOP’s decrepitly aged, Internet-averse voter base, but these few dozen attacks were quickly drowned out by over 2000 five-star reviews, some written by actual loyal patrons, others by people who just wanted to “balance out” the spiteful comments, send best wishes, gratuitously deploy the term “Rethuglicans,” etc. In any case, the whole affair was a spectacular use of everyone’s precious, fleeting time on this planet, and I now have no idea whether Duzel’s pizza is any good.  

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