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Conservative talk show host claims a night out with his family turned into a nightmare as angry New Yorkers hurled insults at them.
The Becks were at Bryant Park on Monday (June 27) to see Alfred Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps.' It wasn't long before the crowd turned on them according to Beck.
"We hate conservatives here" someone said according to NY Daily News. While another reportedly yelled "We're in New York and we hate Republicans," Beck recalled.
At some point a glass of wine was spilled onto his wife Tania's back.
Beck likened the experience to almost getting lynched.
"'I swear to you, I think, if I had suggested, and I almost did, 'Wow, does anybody have a rope? Because there's tree here. You could just lynch me.' And I think there would have been a couple in the crowd that would have," Beck said on his radio show
Nobody actually laid a hand on the Becks. After the show they left without further incident.
Lindsey Piscitell, who was in the audience sitting directly behind the Becks told NYMag what happened from her point of view.
It was my friend that spilled the glass of wine on Tanya -and I can assure you that it was a complete accident. A happy one, to be sure, but nonetheless a complete and utter accident. As soon as the wine spilled (and I question how Tanya became soaked from a half glass of wine) apologies were made and my friends pretty much scrambled to give Tanya & co napkins -no doubt aware that it would look terrible and that their actions could be perceived as purposeful. No words were exchanged after that, as I think that it became pretty clear to Beck & co that my friends and I were doing everything in our capacity to help clean the "mess".
I'm sure it's unnecessary to point out the hypocrisy in Glen's statements that we were being hateful. I can assure him that we don't need his sympathy. Incidentally, none of us have made a career of "spewing hate" on the radio, or any other media platform. We live our lives intolerant only of those who don't tolerate: We have chosen New York as our city for that very reason. We do things like go to Bryant Park Movie Night, and vote to legalize gay marriage. We don't taunt Glen, or his family. And we certainly don't waste our wine, even on Tanya.