Does Andrew Yang know what a bodega is? Is the store Andrew Yang visited a New York City bodega? When Andrew Yang walks into a store does he always walk with that much swagger? Can a man that does not know what a bodega is run for mayor of New York City? These are the questions that were raised after Yang’s latest video showing himself in a store asking people to support the 14,000 bodegas in New York City was posted on his Twitter. Check out the video below.
This video caused quite the stir as some questioned if the place was even a bodega. According to Eater New York, some called it a “whole foods junior” while some compared it to the time Michael Scott from the Office visited New York and got an official slice of pizza.
“If you can spread both of your arms and spin around without literally knocking over two shelves full of expired laundry detergent you’re not in a bodega,” one Twitter user said.
“This is not a bodega,” another said. “Where’s the cat? Where’s the hookahs?”
After Yang’s tweet went viral, Yang followed up by tweeting “Haha I love New York” and a video of him inside what looks like a stereotypical bodega.
So what exactly is a bodega? According to Merriam Webster, a bodega is a “usually small grocery store in an urban area specifically: one specializing in Hispanic groceries.”
So was Andrew Yang in a bodega? I don’t know but the owner of the store in the video thinks so. The owner of the “7 Brothers Famous Deli” in Hell’s Kitchen, Sofwan Qaid didn’t realize Yang visited his store until he saw the video go viral. His store is officially categorized as a deli but Qaid said deli and bodega is the “same thing.”
Andrew Yang just announced that he will be running for mayor of New York City this week. Will bodega-gate hurt his chances?