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Obama-Hugging Florida Pizza Maker Facing Boycott, Yelp Abuse

Scott Van Duzer made headlines around the world on Sunday when he lifted President Obama off the ground in a back-cracking bear hug that amazingly didn't result in a swift Tasering by Secret Service agents.

The hug has resulted in Van Duzer's business becoming the most politically debated pizza shop in the history of Fort Pierce, though. The owner this morning says he's been threatened with boycotts, and his Yelp page has become a battleground between furious conservatives and supportive Dems.


"People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant," the 46-year-old owner tells Politico. "There's no middle line anymore, and that's exactly what's wrong with our country right now."

After the photo of Van Duzer's hug went viral yesterday, conservatives began flooding the Yelp page of his Big Apple Pizza and Italian Restaurant with disparaging reviews like these:

Obama-Hugging Florida Pizza Maker Facing Boycott, Yelp Abuse
Obama-Hugging Florida Pizza Maker Facing Boycott, Yelp Abuse

Democrats soon got wind of the Yelp smackdown, though, and someone made a Change.org petition to drown out the negative reviews on his page. Big Apple has been bombarded with five-star reviews this morning from "patrons" from Ohio, Vegas, California and everywhere in between.

Obama-Hugging Florida Pizza Maker Facing Boycott, Yelp Abuse

Woe unto anyone in Fort Pierce who just wants to find a good place for a slice of pepperoni. This is election-year America, where every hug in a pizza shop is an act of treason or zealous support.

On the upside, Van Duzer now has a side business: Lifting people off the ground so they can recreate the Obama hug for their own photos.

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