Empire State Building throws shade on Giants fans mad over Eagles support
Published in Football
NEW YORK — It’s easy throwing shade at a city when you’re 1,250 feet tall. Just be ready for some blowback.
Following a rough couple days, Tuesday’s chipper “Good morning!” message from the Empire State Building’s Twitter account was met by a swift reply from Mattress Firm.
“Heard you had a bit of a rough night buddy...” the bedding company tweeted.
Feuding between the iconic skyscraper and New Yorkers began Sunday when the the Empire State Building shined the Philadelphia Eagles’ colors over Manhattan and tweeted a photo including lyrics from the NFC Champions’ fight song “Fly Eagles Fly!”
A week earlier, the Eagles —arguably the Giants’ biggest rivals — knocked the home team out of the playoffs. Big Apple denizens on radio, TV, social media, in bars and in politics laid into the perceived insult.
“Unfortunately, someone did not get the memo at the Empire State Building, but we want to see good sportsmanship,” Mayor Eric Adams told CNN.
In fairness, the Empire State Building also lit itself red and white Sunday after the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC championship and advanced to take on the Eagles at the Super Bowl on Feb. 12 in Arizona.
But it didn’t end there. On Monday, the Empire State Building’s Twitter feed posted a selfie with the message “We’ll see you at the big game” and included video of press clippings rehashing Sunday’s controversy.
“What is happening?” one Twitter follower wondered.
“Girl, I was thinking the same thing,” another user wondered.
The bad blood between New Yorkers and their once favorite building also comes with a Taylor Swift element. That video included an audio clip played by Swift — a suburban Philadelphia native — at the start of her 2018 “Reputation” tour performances.
Swift — a New York City transplant — professed her love for the big city in her 2014 song “Welcome to New York.”
“The lights are so bright, but they never blind me,” she sang.
Neither the Empire State Building nor Swift returned a request for comment.
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