Super-sized sugary drinks bad, donuts good.
That seems to be the message being sent by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he continues to defend his proposal to ban large, sugar laden drinks while celebrating National Donut Day.
The event featured a signed Proclamation Letter by the mayor honoring the 75th annual National Donut Day at Madison Square Park where the largest box of Entenmann’s Donuts ever created was unveiled.
The Mayor’s proposed ban puts a 16-ounce limit on sugary drinks sold at city restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts, including bottles and fountain drinks.
On Friday, Bloomberg was challenged about celebrating National Donut Day days after revealing his soda proposal.
“One donut is not going to hurt you, in moderation, most things are OK,” Bloomberg said while appearing on The Today Show. “That’s what we’re trying to do with soft drinks, is get you to drink in moderation. So instead of getting the big 32-ounce, get two 16-ounce drinks if you want. But history shows, all the tests show, that you’ll probably only drink one.”
“It’s definitely is hypocritical,” said Ashton Johnson of the Bronx.
“One way he’s trying to stop people from gaining weight and then he’s saying have donuts. I don’t know if that is such a great decision,” Joseph Battista of Bensonhurst added.
“I don’t know what he’s thinking, honestly. I mean unhealthy is unhealthy, so you can’t pick one then have another,” added Aaron Winfield of the Lower East Side.
“It’s definitely confusing. He could have made it national carrot day or national watermelon day or national strawberry day, New York strawberry day,” said Amy Jolson of Chelsea.
Then there was this simple, yet poignant declaration.
“He’s speaking out of both ends of his mouth,” a person said.