New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) announced on Thursday that he is exempting performers and athletes from the city’s private sector vaccine mandate, claiming that they are simply “leveling the playing field for New Yorkers and supporting local businesses and performance venues across the city” — despite keeping the mandate in place for other private workers.
“Today we take another step in our city’s economic recovery — leveling the playing field for New Yorkers and supporting local businesses and performance venues across the city,” he claimed.
But he is not leveling the playing field, since the exemption is only for performers.
“By expanding an existing exemption, we are simply making sure the rules apply equally to everyone who is a performer, regardless of where they are from. The old exemption put our sports teams at a self-imposed competitive disadvantage and was unfair to New York performers,” he claimed.
But the new exemption if unfair to New York non-performers.
Social media users were quick to mock the hypocrisy.
“The gist of the Eric Adams vaccine mandate press conference right now is that he’s siding with millionaires money over everyday NYers,” one user said as another lamented that Adams “really let wealthy athletes + celebs strong arm him into vaccine exemptions.”
“Mayor Eric Adams: Man of the p̵e̵o̵p̵l̵e̵ elite,” another user added.