Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has been slammed on social media for dancing backstage at the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert in Central Park on Saturday.
Critics voiced their outrage that Schumer would dare to dance while thousands of Americans and Afghans who helped the United States remain in Afghanistan.
Others noted that the concert was held despite the oncoming Hurricane Henri, which is expected to hit either Long Island or New England on Sunday.
Meanwhile, some critics slammed New York officials like Mayor Bill de Blasio for holding the concert while the Delta variant of COVID-19 wreaks havoc on America.
The offending video showed Schumer dancing with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert and was posted to Twitter by Bill Neidhardt, the press secretary for de Blasio.
‘Backstage antics,’ Neidhardt had captioned the video.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has been slammed on social media for dancing backstage at the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert in Central Park
New York City’s homecoming concert was dramatically cancelled half way through, and revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately and seek shelter as Hurricane Henri barreled down on the city.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC officials had ignored a tropical storm watch for the Big Apple ahead of the concert, and planned to push ahead with the event on the Great Lawn in Central Park.
The ‘We Love NYC, The Homecoming Concert’ was intended to mark the end of the COVID pandemic in the city that was the global epicenter for the virus back in April 2020.
Twitter users were quick to mock Schumer and de Blasio for the video and attending the concert.
Twitter user Sean Parnell tweeted: ‘10,000 plus Americans are stranded in Afghanistan, surrounded by the enemy & desperate for help & this is what Senate Majority Leader @chuckschumer is doing. Dancing in the street with celebrities.’
‘Just so tone deaf & embarrassing for our nation,’ Parnell tweeted.
People reacted to the video of Chuck Schumer dancing on Twitter
Investigative journalist Leah McGrath Goodman tweeted: ‘Er, not sure why NY officials ever thought going through with a ‘Covid-is-over-not-over’ homecoming concert in Central Park when Hurricane Henri was due to hit was a good idea…’
‘I was in a cab on the Central Park transverse just as the storm hit with people fleeing the concert from all exits. The cabby was in shock. Total pandemonium. The sky turned a color not to be described. Just look at the picture,’ she continued.
McGrath Goodman added: ‘New York’s like, ‘Oh, the disgraced Governor Andrew Cuomo says it’s a Category 1 hurricane? And the Delta variant is running roughshod through the city? What could possibly go wrong? Let’s have the concert anyway.’ NY being ineffably NY.’
Twitter user @realAaronBergh quipped: ‘I haven’t seen white guys dancing this good since Windows 95 dropped.’
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray speak onstage during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert
New York City’s homecoming concert was dramatically cancelled half way through, and revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately and seek shelter as Hurricane Henri barreled down on the city
The ‘We Love NYC, The Homecoming Concert’ was intended to mark the end of the COVID pandemic in the city that was the global epicenter for the virus back in April 2020
Meanwhile, @_AttorneyAtPaw tweeted: ‘@StephenAtHome and @SenSchumer bringing strong ‘lit dads at the Barbecue’ energy.’
‘We have Americans stranded in Afghanistan. The United States is falling apart & then there is this. Chuck Schumer and Stephen Colbert in NYC dancing like everything is wonderful. Sad and Pathetic. It is time for old Chucky to retire cause he is useless,’ someone else tweeted.
Others made easy jabs at de Blasio, though many of those tweets lacked substance and instead went for quick hits.
‘De Blasio coming out to the boos. God bless New Yorkers,’ another user tweeted.
Another said: ‘As of tonight, 75% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose too many of Mayor Bill de Blasio.’
Tom Watson tweeted: ‘So de Blasio’s really weird COVID ‘mission accomplished’ concert is a total disaster. Who could have predicted this?’
Others, however, pointed out the blatant hypocrisy of the Schumer critics – noting that Trump held a rally despite the situation in Afghanistan.
‘Did those that attended the Trump rally today in Alabama, buying souvenirs, worry who was dying in Afghanistan at the same time, or will be dying because of the super spreader event?’ @MichaelaAllen11 tweeted.