The song "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was written more than 100 years ago, and it's telling that a century later, nothing much has changed in the game that it commemorates. There are still three strikes, loud home fans (unless you're at a Marlins game), and people are still buying bagged nuts from vendors roaming the stadium.
But, in a decidedly 21st-century update, the Philadelphia Phillies had to fire their long-time "Pistachio Girl," after realizing that she's an outspoken white supremacist, with ideas that are only slightly nuttier than what she sells at Citizens Bank Stadium.
Emily Youcis is a vocal supporter of white nationalism, an extracurricular activity that caught her employers' attention when she attended a National Policy Institute conference last month in Washington, DC. (This is the same conference where a room full of not-at-all white supremacists was filmed enthusiastically shouting "Heil Trump!" while doing full-on Nazi salutes). After the conference, Youcis was involved in a street fight with more rational individuals who, you know, have a problem with racism and anti-Semitism.
"White Americans have been vilified in the media," Youcis told Philly.com, after video of her involvement in the fight appeared online. "We want to stand up for white America. We're the backbone of this country, the white working-class people."
Those sentiments—along with some of the Nazi-lite ideas she frequently posts on Twitter—were too much for Aramark, her employer at the ballpark. "A core Aramark value is treating everyone with integrity and respect always. That includes respecting our associates' right to privacy and dealing with personnel matters confidentially," Aramark told Philly.com. "We can only confirm that the individual asked about is no longer employed after publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values."
After Youcis' nationalist activities were brought to light, Aramark reportedly received complaints from people who'd prefer to get their pistachios without the offensive political agenda. Youcis responded juuust about how you'd expect: by lashing out at those who applauded Aramark's decision.
"Great job, fatass," she tweeted to one woman. "Perhaps if you put that much effort into your diet, you wouldn't be such a disgusting pigger."
Youcis had been with Aramark for the past five seasons, but she seems to be taking her dismissal well. "What's more important," she tweeted yesterday. "Selling nuts for a couple more years or saving the White Race from extinction?"
Good luck with that. And hey, on the bright side, at least now you won't have to wedge that Aramark visor underneath your pointy white hood.