Kicker – Wings without bones

NICK EICHER, HOST: Sometimes you just have to take a stand.

For a young man in Lincoln, Nebraska, it was just such a time. At a city Council meeting last week he found the courage to speak the truth. Civic leaders, he said, for far too long, the city had been living a lie.

CHRISTENSEN: I go into nice family restaurants and I see people throwing this name around and pretending everything is just fine. I’m talking about boneless chicken wings. [laughter] I propose that we as a city remove the [laughter] – Excuse me, I’m trying to—sir, come on.

He was just getting started and making some excellent points. Such as: “nothing about boneless chicken wings actually comes from the wing of a chicken.”

CHRISTENSEN: Boneless chicken wings are just chicken tenders, which are already boneless! I don’t go to order boneless tacos. 

Christensen proposed the city of Lincoln call on restaurants to rename so-called boneless chicken wings.

CHRISTENSEN: We can call them buffalo-style chicken tenders. We can call them wet tenders. We can call them saucy nugs or trash.

Christensen, as it turns out, is the son of a member of the city council. 

He ended his impassioned plea by declaring it’s time for change, and we know it because we feel it in our bones!

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