Some people are passionate about charitable causes, some people are passionate about politics.
And some people are passionate about chicken wings.
Meet Ander Christensen. Ander is very passionate about chicken wings.
He's also very passionate about how we, as a society, refer to chicken products.
Christensen, a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska, appeared before the city council to plea that the city eliminate "boneless chicken wings" from the vocabulary of its food service.
As soon as he expresses that he is referring to boneless wings, laughter can be heard off-camera, at which point Christensen pauses and asks the man to stop laughing.
Christensen—a self described Husband, Chemical Engineer, Storyteller—also posted on Twitter that he felt "it was time for [him] to get involved in local politics."
A storm is brewing. The Lincoln City Council has yet to make a public statement but they can see the writing on the wall. #SaucyNugs— Ander Christensen (@Ander Christensen)1599056659.0
#SaucyNugs https://t.co/nqvUGTlX3r— Ander Christensen (@Ander Christensen)1599103505.0
Breaking news, @NebBBQCouncil has officially joined the cause! They're a passions organization and a strong ally in this fight!— Ander Christensen (@Ander Christensen)1599135376.0
New York Times. It warms my heart to see this much support. We can make real changes together! One small win at a t… https://t.co/l4my37bf5G— Ander Christensen (@Ander Christensen)1599149749.0
People are becoming heavily involved with the semantics of boneless wings.
@Handsome121Duck *Smh* Silly Rabbit, Trix are for... Eh, forget it; you might find a reason to b*tch abt them too.… https://t.co/8keiko3qwn— I'm NOT with Stupid—Bye Bye Mr. American LIE! (@I'm NOT with Stupid—Bye Bye Mr. American LIE!)1599086047.0
@Handsome121Duck Now THIS is a cause I can get behind. While you’re at it, you should also fight for the prices of… https://t.co/vFEomaYwZF— Jasmine Castro (@Jasmine Castro)1599077869.0
@Handsome121Duck As much as I agree with you (boneless chicken wings are literally nuggets or tenders, and when you… https://t.co/fzZHwesT1J— Jds (@Jds)1599098358.0
@Handsome121Duck For me, the only chicken wings that have a right to be called chicken wings, or even just wings, a… https://t.co/CRZZ0Z668h— Gabe45 (@Gabe45)1599129863.0
Christensen is adamant that not only are "boneless wings" false advertising, but they are teaching children to be "afraid" of bones in their meat.
@Handsome121Duck Ander, I don’t know you, but I already love you!!! 😂🥰— StrongFemaleLead 🧢 (@StrongFemaleLead 🧢)1599088708.0
@Handsome121Duck Maybe the 'boneless chicken wings' are just from boneless chicken ranch, did you ever consider tha… https://t.co/uHYp5cg3wS— Dr. Karen James (@Dr. Karen James)1599096490.0
@Handsome121Duck Ander calls it like he sees it! He might not use this word, but I will say it...HERO! https://t.co/aznGshpg6z— Louis Parchman (@Louis Parchman)1599084312.0
@Handsome121Duck Great that you picked a most pressing issue.— Ed the Sock (@Ed the Sock)1599138967.0
@Handsome121Duck I have a bone to pick with you about this issue.— Jim Shorts I/Me/My (@Jim Shorts I/Me/My)1599095057.0
"We have been casually ignoring a problem that has gotten so out of control that our children are throwing around names and words without even understanding their true meaning, treating things as though they're normal," Christensen said, expressing his indignation over the use of the phrase.
"We would be disgusted if a butcher was mislabeling their cuts of meats, but then we go around pretending as though the breast of a chicken is its wing?"
@Handsome121Duck @TrumpMockery I've been making your argument for years. There is no such thing as a "boneless" wi… https://t.co/w4YVZtvYhp— Corinne Potter (@Corinne Potter)1599147312.0
@Handsome121Duck What can I do to help? AS a TRUE wing eater, I have saidthis for YEARS. I am old enough and from N… https://t.co/wCKUUpwZmu— Carolann (@Carolann)1599142120.0
@Handsome121Duck Wings are wings my man 👍 I agree that education into our new generation about where meat comes fro… https://t.co/oqHhAZHSeg— Philip McKenna (@Philip McKenna)1599080754.0
@Handsome121Duck Way to stand up against language abuse. :) Seriously, as a linguist, I mean that.— DAK (@DAK)1599092049.0
Has one man ever been so able to unify people under a common issue?
Christensen's video has now been seen more times than the amount of people who are residents of the city of Lincoln:
"Frankly, this is an issue that's too large for a stage like the Lincoln, Neb., City Council..."
"This is probably something that would have to be addressed by the Department of Agriculture, since they take care of all the labeling."
"It's gotten over three million hits, we may as well take this to the national level."
Christensen's passion for the falsehood of boneless wings could well be the one unifying issue of 2020. Officially, the city of Lincoln took the issue under advisement, though they have yet to issue a ruling.