Over Rosh Hashanah, Cynthia Nixon ate a cinnamon raisin bagel with lox and capers.
This caused a huge controversy (jokingly) named #BagelGate, going so far as Cynthia responding (she turned it into a fundraising opportunity for her gubernatorial bid).
Yes, I like to eat a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with… lox, capers, red onions, cream cheese, and tomatoes.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 11, 2018
Since we were OOO for the holiday, we’re back now, and rounding up our favorite tweets on the matter.
1. We’ve *tried* those bagels.
Sure, you might be more comfortable with an established choice – a sesame, an everything, a centrist bagel – but we've TRIED those bagels.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) September 10, 2018
2. Too real.
Everything good eventually either dies or turns on you. https://t.co/zsBext6MhR
— Jason Diamond (@imjasondiamond) September 10, 2018
3. Just no scooped-out bagels, please.
As long as Cynthia Nixon didn’t get her bagel scooped out, I’m OK with it
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) September 10, 2018
4. Maybe they are not open to new ideas!
I told my dad that Cynthia Nixon was getting savaged for liking his favorite cinnamon raisin bagel/lox combo, and this was how he responded. (He’s from Upstate, considers himself “Jewbilly,” and hates all things NYC. But she has his support now) pic.twitter.com/ZKYamzH0TO
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) September 10, 2018
5. Love a good bagel pun.
Lox to talk about, and we could go onion and onion, but this bagel caper is a cheesy moment in New York politics—a real shmear campaign.
— Isaac Fitzgerald🤞🏻 (@IsaacFitzgerald) September 10, 2018
6. A good imaginary scenario:
CUOMO: I’m here at a legendary bagel shop to show Cynthia Nixon how it’s done. Because for real New Yorkers—
COUNTER GUY AT AU BON PAIN: Sir there are like 30 people behind you
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) September 10, 2018
7. It IS shocking.
In case you think people are overreacting to Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order, we aren’t. It’s shocking. And I’m still voting for her.
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) September 11, 2018
8. Using “schmear campaign” from here on out.
This is a real…….schmear campaign https://t.co/8L2K98pffU
— MUNCHIES (@munchies) September 10, 2018
9. Combining two scandals in one tweet:
the mailer describing Cynthia Nixon's bagel order is a shmear
— meaning machine (@EricThurm) September 10, 2018
10. It’s. Wrong.
People seem to be missing the important point that capers and cinnamon and raisins just don't mix. It's not about the damn lox.
It's wrong, is what I'm saying.
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) September 10, 2018
11. But is it that bad?
After several hours of contemplation and soul-searching I’ve come to the conclusion that lox and capers on a cinnamon-raisin bagel is sort of North African and sort of Scandinavian and on the whole maybe not as awful as I’d first considered. I apologize for rashly judging.
— your friend Helen (@hels) September 10, 2018
12. … At least it wasn’t a blueberry bagel.
a raisin bagel with cream cheese lox and capers is not what i would order but it's a perfectly respectable order. it's not like she asked for an asiago cheese or blueberry bagel or something
— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) September 10, 2018
13. #Bagelgate is at least lighter material than the racist mess at the U.S. Open women’s finals.
I feel so strongly about the Serena situation that I have started fighting with strangers about it on Facebook. So I welcome #BAGELGATE or whatever tf we're talking about here on Twitter.
— Elizabeth Holmes (@EHolmes) September 10, 2018
reading some hot takes on #BAGELGATE & can confidently say that a political scandal has never made me so hungry
— Alex (@apster90) September 12, 2018
15. Ok, at least she’s trying…
Look, no one, no matter how horrible their taste, would WANT to put lox and capers(!) on a cinnamon-raisin bagel. The fact that Nixon did means that she KNOWS what Jews put on bagels. She just didn’t know what KIND of bagels we’d choose. She’s trying, at least! #BAGELGATE
— David Silverstone, Very Stable Genius (@dwsNY) September 10, 2018
16. A news cycle we would never like to leave, tbh.
We are now on day 4 (four) of the Cynthia Nixon bagel news cycle.
— Marissa Breton Emanuele (@HiThisIsMarissa) September 12, 2018
17. Raisins = fake chocolate chip.
Cynthia Nixon isn't wrong for liking a cinnamon raisin bagel. She's wrong for liking raisins, the fake chocolate chip.
— Carli Velocci (@velocciraptor) September 10, 2018
18. Time to leave Twitter?
Now that I’m being dragged for my defense of cinnamon raisin bagels with lox I’m taking a break from Twitter.
JK: I *am* gonna try to cut back til Yom Kippur but not for that reason. Just for mental health for a little. ❤️ yall
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) September 10, 2018
19. Gotta appeal to the Jewish vote:
Cuomo frantically googling “Jewiest bagel order”
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) September 10, 2018
20. Mystery solved!
what if the BAGEL wrote the OP-ED
there I solved it we can discuss literally anything else now
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) September 10, 2018
21. Seriously unfair.
Can’t believe I missed #BAGELGATE bc of Rosh Hashanah. The irony.
— Esther (@escoen) September 12, 2018
22. Cuomo will try and one-up Nixon.
CUOMO: I am a cinnamon raisin bagel. I am an everything bagel. I am an onion bagel. I am a bialy.
— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) September 10, 2018
23. But will it fix the trains?
listen, she can even eat a jalepeno bagel with strawberry cheesecake cream cheese and olives if it's gonna fix the trains
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) September 10, 2018
24. Seriously: will it??
my fav bagel is fix the subways
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 10, 2018
25. Bagel twitter *is* the best twitter.
resolved: bagel twitter is much better than normal twitter
— Katie Glueck (@katieglueck) September 10, 2018
26. More like Opinions Week.
oh no it’s New York Media Twitter Bagel Opinions Hour
— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) September 10, 2018
27. All the Jews missed the Great Bagel War.
So let me get this straight, you waited until I was in Synagogue all day to have the great bagel war of 2018 on Twitter
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) September 11, 2018
28. Bagel Town = our new nickname for New York (much better than Jewtropolis, TBH).
No joke – this Cynthia Nixon thing is serious business. If we are going to elect a new governor of Bagel Town, we must know what bagels the candidates prefer.
— scharpling (@scharpling) September 11, 2018
29. Q: which will people remember? A: the bagel
There is no doubt in my mind more New Yorkers will know Cynthia Nixon ate a cinnamon raisin bagel with lox than that the state Democratic party sent out a false, defamatory mailer accusing her of being anti-Semitic.
— Aaron W. Gordon (@A_W_Gordon) September 10, 2018
30. It’s very New York?
the cinnamon raisin bagel with lox is actually a VERY new york thing to do because if you live here long enough you start making bonkers eccentric decisions; next she's gonna wear a boa with a tux
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) September 10, 2018
In conclusion, this was a very niche but important Twitter moment that we missed because of Rosh Hashanah, but we are glad the #discourse is still happening. We’re gonna go eat some bagels now.