Citizens Bank Park’s Pistachio Girl Fired After ‘Alt-Right’ Views Gain Publicity

Michael Tanenbaum, Philly Voice, December 5, 2016

Phillies fans will no longer be wooed into buying concessions from the pigtailed woman whose siren song earned her the nickname Pistachio Girl at Citizens Bank Park.

Aramark, the food vendor for the Phillies ballpark, let her go last week in connection to the flood of publicity she’s lately received for her affiliation with the oblique political movement known as the “alt-right.”

Emily Youcis, an energetic fan favorite, took headlines by storm a few weeks ago after footage showed her feuding with protesters outside the National Policy Institute’s Alt-Right Conference in Washington, D.C. Acting as a field correspondent, Youcis called the gathering of anti-fascist demonstrators “Commies” and was shouted down before getting sprayed with paint.

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Speaking on “alt-right” network Red Ice TV, Youcis, 26, told host Lana Lokteff that her firing came as a result of all the publicity she’s been receiving. She says she is open to connecting with a civil rights attorney who will take on her case and get to the bottom of defining hate in the eyes of the law.

Based on her attire at Phillies games last season, Youcis’ political views might have been guessed all along. During a segment for MLB.com, she sported a “Make the Phillies Great Again” ballcap and belted out a vibratoed ditty about peanuts.

Following the episode in D.C., video of which was tweeted by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, Youcis told the Philadelphia Daily News that her “alt-right” advocacy is about reclaiming an identity for American white people. The anti-fascist protesters, she said, were the real purveyors of racism and violence.

But Youcis, a cult animator who has also been working on a feature-length film, could be said to embody what many critics feel is the Janus-faced nature of the “alt-right” persona.

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{snip} On her animation crowdfunding page, she griped that the “Phillies Ph—— suck now” and she was doubtful she would be able to sustain herself with dwindling crowds, anyway.

“I can devote myself full-time to the cause,” Youcis said on Red Ice TV. “So I guess God willed it.”

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