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What does #Bagelgate mean?
#Bagelgate refers to a viral Twitter post in March 2019 showing bagels sliced “St. Lous-style,” like a loaf bread.
The tweet sparked a lot of humorous discussion, light-hearted outrage, and general puzzlement on social media.
Where does #Bagelgate come from?
On March 25, 2019, Twitter user @AlkKrautmann tweeted a a picture of bagels he very charitably brought for his office. There was something curious about them, though: they were cut vertically, like sliced bread, rather than through the middle. @AlkKrautman wrote that this was the “St. Louis secret” of ordering bagels—and the internet had opinions.
Today I introduced my coworkers to the St Louis secret of ordering bagels bread sliced. It was a hit! pic.twitter.com/XNGbljtpYz
— Alek Krautmann (@AlekKrautmann) March 26, 2019
Over the next few days, the nontroversy was quickly dubbed #Bagelgate, featuring the –gate suffix (from Watergate) to indicate a scandal. Everyone from everyday bagel eaters to companies like Panera to media outlets like BuzzFeed weighed in, typically commenting that such slicing was sacrilegious—and wondering what’s going on in St. Louis. Others, though, saw the “St. Louis-style” as genius.
Hey Alek, next time bagels are on us, sliced however you'd like. 😉 Can you DM us?
— Panera Bread (@panerabread) March 27, 2019
Officer, I would like to report a crime. https://t.co/s4oFU1dNW7
— Dan Primack (@danprimack) March 27, 2019
But, hold your cream cheese! This was not the first #Bagelgate! One occurred in September 2018 when Sex and the City actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon revealed she ate lox on a cinnamon raisin bagel.
Yes, I like to eat a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with… lox, capers, red onions, cream cheese, and tomatoes.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 11, 2018
Yet another occurred in October 2018 when Apple unveiled what many New Yorkers felt was an unimpressive bagel emoji, 🥯. Apple later revamped it.
I’m organizing a march in New York City against Apple’s just-revealed bagel emoji, which comes out with the next iOS update. It looks like something you get from a cardboard box in the freezer section at Walmart. This insult will not stand. pic.twitter.com/Z44YFBuUlU
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) October 3, 2018
Examples of #Bagelgate
Who uses #Bagelgate?
Twitter erupted in good-natured dispute about #Bagelgate. Two sides emerged in the Bagel Battle: those in favor of traditional bagel cutting, and those who realized the advantages of bread-sliced bagels.
— PHILADELPHIA (@LoveMyPhilly) March 28, 2019
Others started poking fun of St. Louis by joking they ate all of food in weird ways, referencing #Bagelgate and #StLouisStyle.
Today we're eating our cookies St. Louis style❗ pic.twitter.com/P8SjWRrHDX
— Chips Ahoy! (@ChipsAhoy) March 27, 2019
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