Bloomberg Cocteau made news again by announcing a proposed ban on super-sized sodas. According to the New York Times:
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.
The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.
For those of you who are thinking, where have I heard this kind of thing before? Let’s look back to 1993 to Sylvester Stallone’s sci-fi satire, Demolition Man.
At one point in the film, while seated at Taco Bell (“all restaurants are Taco Bell”), Stallone’s character asks for the salt, but is told by Sandra Bullock’s character that salt has been deemed harmful and is therefore illegal.
Although we couldn’t find a clip of that exchange, we did stumble upon this rant from Edgar Friendly, Dennis Leary’s character. Maybe
Bloomberg Cocteau should have a listen.