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Boneless Chicken Wing Protestor ‘Excited’ Relabeling Could Actually Happen

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By now, we’ve all seen the emotional plea by the Lincoln, Nebraska, man urging the local city council to forbid restaurants from calling boneless chicken wings “boneless chicken wings.”

It’s a hilarious video. From his deadpan delivery to his clever use of puns, it’s no shock the footage has gone viral and has been covered by networks and the largest media organizations in the world.

But it’s all a joke, right?

Yes and no.

Although his speech was funny, there’s some truth behind it.

The New York Times caught up with Ander Christensen who told them that the mislabeling has long been a pet peeve.

“I would love nothing more than to have boneless chicken wings removed from menus,” he told the Times. “Don’t call it something it’s not.”

The video of his appeal has been viewed more than 3 million times and that has led his father (who is on the city council) to, well, pass the buck.

“Frankly, this is an issue that’s too large for a stage like the Lincoln, Nebraska, City Council,” the elder Christensen said. “This is probably something that would have to be addressed by the Department of Agriculture, since they take care of all the labeling. It’s gotten over 3 million hits, we may as well take this to the national level.”

Credit the New York Times for trying to get a comment from the USDA, although the agency didn’t have any.

In the meantime, Christensen (the younger), is stoked with the attention.

“I walked into that room thinking this is going to be something fun that dies at the end of the day,” he said. “Now I actually think something could happen, and I’m excited.”

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Lincoln, Nebraska Citizen Calls on City To Rename “Boneless Chicken Wings”

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We’re not saying Wyoming city council meetings are boring — especially with the drama up in Gillette and over in Laramie.

We are saying that the city council meetings are much more entertaining to the east of us.

A Lincoln, Nebraska, man approached the Lincoln City Council dais on Monday with a plea to “be a social leader in this country” by no longer calling boneless chicken wings “boneless chicken wings.”

Although laughter erupted in the chamber, he assured attendees that his was a serious proposal that deserved attention.

“I go into nice family restaurants and see people throwing this name around and pretending as though everything is fine,” Ander Christensen said. “I am talking about boneless chicken wings.”

Christensen, whose father happens to serve on the city council, said the city should remove the name boneless wings from “our menus and from our hearts.”

In his emotional plea, Christensen listed three reasons for the change including the inaccuracy of the term: he claims boneless wings actually come from a chicken breast.

He also said chicken wings are just chicken tenders — which are already boneless.

“I don’t go around and order boneless tacos. I don’t go and order boneless club sandwiches. I don’t ask for boneless auto repair. It is just what is expected,” he said.

For his third argument, he said the general public needs to do a better job in raising informed children.

“Our children are raised being afraid of having bones attached to their meat.  That’s where meat comes from — it grows on bones,” he said.

“We need to teach them that the wing of a chicken is from a chicken and it is delicious.”

As for what to call them, he had a number of suggestions, including: “Buffalo Style Chicken Tenders”, “Saucy Nuggs”, “Wet Tenders”, or simply “Trash”.

But perhaps his concluding statement was the most powerful (and poetic).

“We can take these steps and show the country that where we stand and we understand that we’ve been living a lie for far too long.  And we know it because we feel it in our bones.”

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