OUTLET: British news channel ITN (Independent Television
News) CAUSE: The arrest
of competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi for storming the stage at
Nathan's hot dog eating competition APARTHEID COMPARISON:
"It's an act of authoritarian heavy-handedness which recalls the
imprisonment of Mandela." WHY THEY LOVE THE HOT DOG EATING CONTEST:
"Embodying as it does the core American values of gluttony and obscene
gluttony." REACTION TO KOBAYASHI'S NON-PARTICIPATION: "The
competitive eating world's arthritic jaws dropped." INEVITABLE
HEART DISEASE REFERENCE: "So like a Wimbledon final without Federer or a
World Cup final without Brazil, the Nathan's hot dog eating contest
unfolded with a Kobayashi-shaped hole in its fatty heart." SAD
ENDING: "We're just disappointed that television gold like this may
be consigned to history."
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