Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith is getting the opposite of brotherly love from Philadelphia after tweeting from the Democratic National Convention that the city's famous cheesesteaks are "mediocre to gross."
Can we just acknowledge that Philly cheese steaks are mediocre to gross? #DemsInPhilly
Since the post, a long stream of defensive subtweets have been posted at Smith with everything from the time-tested "delete your account," to its rarely seen variants, "destroy your computer" and "catapult yourself into the sun."
@adamsmithtimes catapult yourself into the sun.
@adamsmithtimes leave the planet
Then the tweets turned on Tampa Bay, its cuisine and sports teams.
.@adamsmithtimes Definitely not as good as Tampa's signature dish, the Mayonnaise Fish Taco
@adamsmithtimes tastes extra salty after losing to the Phillies in the World Series.
And finally, the whole thing devolved into Smith's profile photo being turned into head-scratchingly odd memes — essentially the Internet's highest honor.
Smith is sticking to his assessment, though. He discussed his distaste for the sandwich at the end of a Facebook Live politics discussion from inside the Wells Fargo Center, explaining that he'd opted for sweet peppers and onions, and even got a recommendation from a local on which sandwich shop to try at the Reading Terminal on Philadelphia's Market Street.
"Sorry, Philly. Not impressed," he said. "People were saying you really need to do the actual Cheez Wiz; the death cheese, the day-glo stuff. I'm not doing that so I went with provolone. Maybe that was my mistake."
He also got a few offers from what seemed to be truly puzzled locals who sincerely just wanted to right this wrong.
Surprisingly, as of this writing, nobody has used the subtweets to weigh in on the merits of the Tampa's Cuban sandwich or grouper reuben versus the Philly cheesesteak.