@Mashable Asks: Is Pizza the New Resistance? @bywillpollock

New Zealand the country has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. But it has a pizzeria that’s now on my must list.

Filadelfio’s Gardens created a pizza last week that spoof’s Donald Trump’s idea of a border wall with Mexico. In case you’d like to make it yourself: the pie is half Americana and half Mexican, with BBQ sauce chiseled the middle representing the wall. “Think we’ll call this one the ‘Trump,'” the post read. “Yes we’re open today.”

Resistance to Trump takes many forms these days, but to see it in a pizza is a great thing. Read the whole Mashable article here by Joseph Earp—and have a look at the history of pizza, here:

 

 

 

Teaser Tuesday: Twitch Announces Julia Child Marathon

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Starting today at 5 p.m., there will be a world-renowned chef masquerading as a gamer girl.

Gamer-streaming site Twitch has announced that it will stream all 200+ episodes of The French Chef, officially expanding its reach (like so many others) in to content offerings.

I found this little nugget to be a GREAT excuse to launch Teaser Tuesday, where I’ll tease portions of my books across all my sites.

Why is this relevant to Pizza for Good? Glad you asked.

Chapter Nine of PFG features “Only Child,” my French interpretation of Chicken Piccata. The recipe will blow your mind with its level of flavor. You can use it to wow dinner guests, or slap it on a pizza and make some money for charity. Whatever you wish.

I paid homage to Julia Child in other ways, too. Check out the full recipe on “Only Child II: Gorgeous Gougéres,” which can double as a party treat.

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Now, because we can: here’s Julia Child Remixed, courtesy of PBS Digital Studios:

Jump over and buy Pizza for Good today! For the recipes, or to support your community.

 

[VIDEO] 5 Reasons Why The ‘Pizza Party Train’ is Awesome

I love ambush videos, especially if it puts smiles on people’s faces.

The above clip proves that pizza can be a force of good in the world. Here’s why that video is awesome:

1. C’mon, it’s New York pizza! No better pizza on the planet.
2. I grew up taking the subway in Manhattan and would never think to eat pizza while riding. (hi, germs.)
3. People make fun of me because I’m a New Yorker who folds my pizza. Trust me… I ain’t the only one.
4. As a product of two improv season classes, I approve. I had to dig up the post on Gothamist to make sure those guys really weren’t MTA officials.
5. Pizza as a smile-maker. They didn’t raise any money, but does it really matter in this case?

This bit by Improv Everywhere in New York apparently grew out of Charlie Todd‘s love for his neighborhood pizzeria. “I lived a block away from Pizza Suprema for 10 years,” he told Gothamist. “It’s awesome. Next time you’re in the Penn Station area give it a visit.”

We most certainly will.

An Open Letter to Memories Pizza

Let’s rewrite the ending of the Memories Pizza saga, shall we?

I know what you’re thinking: “Will, why are you being nice to folks who openly showed discrimination to people just like you?”

Because we should ALL be talking to each other, even those we don’t agree with. My independent nature isn’t just a streak—it makes me who I am.

For the life of me, I don’t understand why people are raising money from those “in sympathy” to the situation, rather than joining together to see what people from all walks of life can do as one.

About a week ago I wrote a letter to the owners on Facebook:

“Hi there… my name is Will Pollock and I’m author of “Pizza for Good.” I’m an Atlanta-based freelance journalist, and was wondering if you’d seen my post, here:

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congratulations on a successful fund-raising campaign… I’ve been so frustrated by all the vitriol on both sides of this story, and I’d like to make an offer to you.

wouldn’t it be great to show an example of people who might disagree on philosophy and other points joining together to do something good for those less fortunate? “Pizza for Good” is all about unlocking the power of pizza as a community builder and money-raiser. Please have a look at the website and let me know what you think.

I’d love to come out there and do a book event, where we can invite all walks of life to support you, support a local charity of your choosing, make amends, and show that folks can come together even in the face of all the hype and weird people who’ve adopted the issue as their own.

Honestly, I don’t like the language used on either side and I’m betting you might agree with that point.

Anyway, think it over and let me know. have a fantastic day and just know that as a gay man I’m pulling for you guys to have all the success you can possibly achieve.

Will”

Please help me spread the word, and get this post in front of them. Folks in Indiana are kind and generous. They—and we—have it in us.  ❐

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Not Just ‘Pizza for Good’—#PizzaforAll

There are many things in this life that bring us together. Music is one, pizza another. Baseball sometimes. Oh and also, puppies.

Dividing lines in America, though, are still brightly lit and sometimes they surprise even this jaded New Yorker.

Take for example the recent dustup over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Depending on whom you ask, the law would either protect religious liberty or give a pass to folks who want to discriminate against anyone they saw as objectionable. (Governor Mike Pence quietly signed a “fix” to the bill yesterday.)

Caught in the crosshairs of this kerfuffle is Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind. When approached for comment by a local news reporter, the owners publicly stated support for the bill, saying they would refuse a request to cater pizza to a gay wedding. (Any fellow gays who would want to have your wedding catered by a pizzeria, a word please.)

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In today’s social-media climate, it’s not enough to just say “oh wow, I don’t agree with that.” Or, “you go, girl.” Simple disagreement is like so 8 years ago, before Twitter, Facebook and Yelp. Let’s take a moment to witness the “hyper” in “hyperbolic”:

Or what about this gleeful post on DailyKos that celebrated how the restaurant had to shut down:

“Hahahahahahaha!!!  Because of the backlash over the statements that it was a ‘Christian establishment’ and wouldn’t serve gays, Memories Pizza is closing ‘until things cool down.'”

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All this noise reminds me that we tend to take political footballs and run them down the field like we’re Marshawn Lynch, pissed off because someone stole our bag of Skittles.

The Atlantic put up a post that absolutely nails it:

“The owners of Memories Pizza are, I think, mistaken in what their Christian faith demands of them. And I believe their position on gay marriage to be wrongheaded. But I also believe that the position I’ll gladly serve any gay customers but I feel my faith compels me to refrain from catering a gay wedding is less hateful or intolerant than let’s go burn that family’s business to the ground.”

I’m proud to say I love having voices around me that disagree (including the ones in my head). I WANT discussion and dialogue, because without it, we’re no better than apes who sling their own shit at each other. I love my friends with differing opinions no less than the folks with whom I agree. But if the era of quiet disagreement is over, then we owe it to ourselves to find the 21st Century equivalent.

Do I want any and all people to have access to the best and most awesome meal on the planet? Yes, #PizzaforAll, please. Do I simultaneously want the folks at Memories Pizza to be able to refuse service as a private establishment if they so desire? Even more so, yes. Do I ever in my lifetime want to see a gay couple’s wedding catered by a pizzeria? I could think of no greater offense to the institution of marriage, so no.

I wrote Pizza for Good based on the simple premise that pizza is so beloved, so widely cherished, that it can be used as a change agent in local communities. To join people from all walks of life. Scott Wiener’s “Slice Out Hunger” raised freakin’ $30,000 in one night last October by offering donated pizza for $1 a slice. My pizza-related charity ARTvision Atlanta has raised more than $55,000 over nine years of fundraising. Pizza has the power to bring us together.

Here’s my proposal. Like with any business, the fewer people you disqualify for personal reasons, the greater your business will be. That’s not an opinion, it’s math. If I owned a pizza joint—and that might yet happen one day, you never know—I’d want it to serve everyone, not just one segment, or only my compatriots. All. But that’s my choice, just as it is Memories Pizza’s.

No personal choice of conscience, no matter how boneheaded or misplaced, deserves the type of death threats and vitriol Memories Pizza received. Even though they had to close because of it, the GoFundMe page set up in their honor has raised more than $500,000 and counting—and there’s talk of them reopening again sometime in the future.

I can see a day where a controversy like this actually changes minds, instead of sending people to their respective corners to fume, raise money, rant, raise ire and get back-slaps from people who already agree with us anyway. I hope the judgment of Memories Pizza becomes just that eventually. A memory.

Speaking of which, many of us can agree that Mara Getz knocked it out of the park with her “Star Search” rendition of “Memory” (I’m talking to you, Rachel Brown). Not all of us can agree on the merits of body glitter, though, and that’s OK.

We’ll be better off as a people if we celebrate, augment and agree on what we share in common instead of exploiting what divides us. Invariably those divisors are not as imposing as they look. ❐

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UPDATE: “Because pizza should be use for good.” I agree… A new GoFundMe drive has been set up to benefit LGBT homeless youth, through Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund. Click over and check it out… they’ve raised more than $60,000 so far, trying to match or exceed what The Blaze raised for Memories Pizza.

UPDATE II: Just sent a Facebook message to Memories Pizza to see if they’d be willing to do a joint event with me sometime in the future. I’ll post again to let you know what I hear.

UPDATE III: Memories Pizza read my message on FB, so I’ll update again if I hear something. invitation remains open!

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