New York City Mayor Eric Adams stroked the fire of NYC residents with some of his incendiary comments on Tuesday (January 4) regarding workers in the Big Apple he regarded as “low-skilled” such as dishwashers and cooks rather than those in an office cubicle.
“My low-skilled workers — my cooks, my dishwashers, my messengers, my shoe shine people, those who work at Dunkin’ Donuts,” he stated in cringeworthy fashion. “They don’t have the academic skills to sit in a corner office. They need this. We are in this together, and we should be saying to ourselves, ‘If I remotely do my job, then that stock clerk is not going to be able to have the business he deserves.’ That’s what I need us to understand.”
Eric Adams just said “Low skill workers like cooks, messengers and Dunkin’ Donuts employees don’t have the academic skills to sit in a corner office” pic.twitter.com/KaoY9MNZ8J
— Achmat X (@AchmatX) January 4, 2022
While many voiced their frustrations with the new mayor’s comments on social media, T.I. even joined in on the excoriation of Adams by giving him some significant advice for his speeches going forward.
As a wordsmith himself, the trap legend let Adams know that “vocabulary matters” in The Shade Room‘s Instagram comment section.
— LordTreeSap (@LordTreeSap) January 5, 2022
“Eric Adams snap turtle ass really fixed his mouth to look down on the people who make this world rotate,” Hot 97 alum Scottie Beam added on Twitter. “It’s gonna be a long 4 years.”
Eric Adams snap turtle ass really fixed his mouth to look down on the people who make this world rotate. It’s gonna be a long 4 years.
— Scottie. (@ScottieBeam) January 5, 2022
While Adams is yet to apologize for his comments, he did speak about how he was once a cook and dishwasher during his college days. Those paychecks helped him make ends meet and that’s why he’s refusing to shut down New York City amid the surge in COVID-19 cases and put those same individuals out of work.
I was a cook. I was a dishwasher. If nobody came to my restaurant when I was in college, I wouldn’t have been able to survive. When you talk about closing down our city, you're talking about putting low-wage workers out of a job. I’m not letting that happen.
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) January 5, 2022