In a curious uproar that has spawned a viral video, competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi was arrested at Coney Island, NY, this Sunday during the annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Though event organizers, Major League Eating, had disqualified Kobayashi for refusing to sign their contract, the defiant glutton, 32, leapt on stage as fans chanted "Let him eat!" The police, far less supportive, hauled him away. Kobayashi is "one of the guys" who put Major League Eating "on the map," says Robert Quigley in Geekosystem. He at least deserves a few more moments in the spotlight. The real injustice here, says Rick Chandler at NBC Sports, is the "absurdity of an organization called 'Major League Eating.'" Must "every popular activity we touch in this country become a corporate, bloated money-grab?" Watch video of Kobayashi's arrest below:
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- How to be the star of a cocktail party where you don't know anyone
- California's epic drought
- 13 Urban Outfitters controversies
- Why so many Christians won't back down on gay marriage
- Russia is stealthily threatening America with nuclear war
Subscribe to the Week