Dante de Blasio’s Afro — which has been the subject of fascination and admiration — became an issue after his dad’s campaign made it the focus of a new social media blitz, urging supporters to tweet the hashtag #GoWithTheFro, to build momentum for the Democrat.
Scoffers accused the lanky liberal of exploiting Dante’s ’do.
Critics chided the elder de Blasio on Facebook. One wrote that the whole social media push “makes me uncomfortable. Please stop running on your son’s hair.”
De Blasio, who is white, and his wife, Chirlane McCray, who is black, have two children.
The elder de Blasio already has featured Dante in two television ads, a spotlight that appears to have helped the candidate politically.
Indeed, the new Quinnipiac poll found de Blasio drawing more support from black Democrats than any other candidate, even Thompson, the only African-American in the race.
Several black leaders brushed aside the criticism of de Blasio.
“I thought it was extremely touching,” the Rev. Calvin Butts, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, said of one of the de Blasio ads featuring Dante.
“Is he using them as props?” asked Queens Councilman Leroy Comrie, who supports Quinn. “Hell, yeah. But they’re effective props. And they’re willing props.”
Friday, August 30, 2013
Daily News Bases Anti-De Blasio Story On One Anonymous Facebook Commenter
Those fine journalists at the Daily News are at it again.