New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a healthy list of dislikes: earbuds, styrofoam, illegal guns, global warming, soda, trans fats, legal marijuana, and the Forbes billionaires list, which recently ranked hizzoner the 13th richest person on planet Earth.
The most shocking of our mayor's aversions, however, could be his distaste for going to the movies.
In January, Bloomberg reportedly bragged to a friend that, in his 71 years, he's seen less than 10 films.
And when Bloomberg kept a promise to longtime girlfriend Diana Taylor and went with her to see Les Miserables at an Upper East Side cinema, our poor mayor had, well, a miserable experience.
“I sat through an hour of trailers, and every one was stupider than the other. And then there were these ads for video games — for adults! And you want to know why we’re dumbing down politics.”
As The Times notes, although Bloomberg may not care for the cinema, as mayor he has championed the New York film and television industry, which brings an estimated $7 billion in revenue to the local economy.
(He's also made cameos in The Adjustment Bureau, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order, and A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa. Oh, also, January 26th is now 'Gossip Girl Day' in New York City.)
Later in the interview, Bloomberg sets his sights on a different target: the media, which he says is dumbing down the news.
“I don’t see any difference between a newspaper on the Internet and a blog," he told M. "It confuses everything and takes away the difference. People are getting their news from sitcoms and from movies with a political agenda. They’re even getting information from games!”
Again, as The Times notes, Bloomberg owns his very own media empire.