A video of a Lincoln, Nebraska, man advocating for the widespread name change of boneless wings to “saucy nugs” or “wet tenders” before his city council went viral this week, sparking a widespread debate around whether the finger food’s current title remains fitting.
Following the video, numerous restaurant chains offered to use a new name for boneless wings. Popular wing franchise Buffalo Wild Wings, however, is sticking to its guns on nontraditional wings.
In the video, chemical engineer and self-proclaimed wing lover Andrew Christensen can be heard laying out a two-minute defense as to why the term “boneless wings” is outdated and inaccurate.
“I go into nice family restaurants and see people throwing this name around as if everything is just fine,” he says. “I’m talking about boneless chicken wings.”
“I propose that we as a city remove the name boneless wings from our menus and from our hearts. These are reasons why,” he continues.
“Number one, nothing about boneless chicken wings actually come from the wing of a chicken. We would be disgusted if a butcher was mislabeling their cuts of meats, but then we go around pretending as though the breast of a chicken is its wing.”
Secondly, he adds that boneless wings are practically chicken tenders which are, in fact, already boneless. “I don’t go and order boneless tacos, I don’t go and order boneless club sandwiches, I don’t ask for boneless auto repair. It’s just what’s expected.”
The tirade has led many to deem the man a hero on social media for taking a stance on hot wing advocacy. The movement also sparked widespread response among several food chains and popular wing spots, including GrubHub and Omaha Steaks, which both say they stand with Christensen in renaming boneless wings.
National family entertainment and food chain Main Event announced that if it got 100,000 retweets, it would officially rename its boneless wings to “saucy nugs” at all locations and donate 10% of all October sales to a Nebraska food bank.
The company’s bio currently reads, “We’re team #SaucyNugs…are you?”
Buffalo Wild Wings announced in a tweet reply to the original video that based on Christensen’s efforts, it offered him free traditional (not boneless) wings for a year. In addition, the restaurant said it will donate a dollar to the Lincoln Boys & Girls Club for every boneless wing sold in the city on Labor Day.
“Thank you for the wings. And I’m a sucker for a good charity,” Christensen wrote in a response to the wing giant’s tweet and mobilizing efforts around boneless wings. “But know this fight isn’t over yet.”
He doubled down, telling Fox News in an interview that it’s not the complete obliteration of boneless wings that he wants to see but rather a rightful name change.
“In the end, I don’t want Saucy Nugs to be removed from restaurants, I just want their name to be changed,” Christensen. “They aren’t wings. I’ll go wherever needed to get this changed.”
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*First Published: Sep 4, 2020, 4:55 pm
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