Yesterday, Mayor Pedro Segarra of Hartford, Conn., thought he’d show Dave Chapelle how it’s done when he tweeted some facetious advice to the comedian, who left the city in a huff last week after some hecklers disrupted his performance at the Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival.
“Dave Chappelle should quit whining, do his job and try some yoga,” Segarra tweeted. He ended the dig with the civic pride-oozing hashtag #HartfordHasIt. Amid all the chuckling, we’ve compiled a list of Philadelphia mayoral zingers, because, y’know, #PhillyHasIt, too.
1. “Ain’t no immaculate conception happening up in here.” —Mayor Michael Nutter
The Mayor made this statement while expressing legitimate concern about the phenomenon of absentee parents during a speech at his church. What he meant was, unless your kid’s the messiah, you’ve got no excuse for not supervising your kids.
2. “You’re going to name your baby Hostile.” – Mayor Wilson Goode
And yes, that’s hostile as in aggressive and argumentative. The ever-serious former Mayor shot this quip at then-pregnant journalist Tia O’Brien, who was known for relentlessly questioning public officials. Guess she officially had his blessing.
3. “Nation of Wusses“ – Mayor Ed Rendell
Former (and future?) Mayor Rendell named his memoir based on a statement he made while expressing disdain about a cancelled Eagles game. The quote, he later explained, had a much larger social context. Not that it was necessary. Canceling a football game is all the proof we need for the “wussification of America.”
4. “A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before.” – Mayor Frank Rizzo
Put that in your memoir, Ed. Mayor Rizzo was a lot of things, but a wuss wasn’t one of them.
5. “#dropthemic” —Mayor Nutter
Bonus, sad-trombone zinger: “I’m having a great day.” —Mayor John Street
It’s funny because, well, he kind of wasn’t… ever.