Stephen Colbert knows all about pistachios, thanks to his brief stint as the pitchman for Wonderful Pistachios.
So when news broke last week that Emily Youcis, the famed “Pistachio Girl” vendor at Citizens Bank Park, was fired by Aramark for publicly supporting and espousing white nationalist viewpoints, Colbert wondered if the nutty relative of the cashew with Middle East origins was really the right fit for her.
“Why is she selling pistachios?” Colbert asked. “Cracker Jacks has cracker right in the name.”
Unbeknownst to Colbert, Youcis did spend the 2015 season hawking Cracker Jacks and lemon water ice after the stadium stopped selling Wonderful Pistachios. It was such a controversial move that fans created an unsuccessful Change.org petition urging the Phillies to bring back pistachios.
Quickly, Colbert was interrupted by the the show’s beloved singing walnut boy, who lead the crowd in a chant before diverging into alt-nut conspiracy theories of his own.
“Walnuts, they're the master nut!” the vendor proclaimed, noting that almonds lack the Omega-3 fatty acid of walnuts.
“Also, almonds play loud music and steal,” the vendor told Colbert, before exiting the studio after being fired while chanting, “Unmix the nuts! Unmix the nuts!”
Watch (segment starts at 3:38):
Youcis, who shared the segment multiple times on her Twitter account, said she plans to get in touch with Colbert to see if he’ll have her on his show.
The 26-year-old animator was fired from her job as a vendor during Phillies games after being told by Aramark that her social media activities supporting white nationalist ideas do not reflect their values.
“A core Aramark value is treating everyone with integrity and respect always. That includes respecting our associates’ right to privacy and dealing with personnel matters confidentially,” Aramark said in a statement released to Philly.com. “We can only confirm that the individual asked about is no longer employed after publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values.”
Youcis told Daily News columnist Will Bunch that she had been a supporter of the white nationalist “alt-right” movement for about 10 months before becoming involved in an altercation after leaving a conference held by the National Policy Institute back in November. The institute has been labeled a white-supremacist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
"Basically, we just want to keep whites from becoming minorities in their own homeland,” Youcis told Inquirer columnist and CNN host Michael Smerconish, going on to proclaim that "Jews dominate the media. Jews started communism.”
Smerconish, a former lawyer, said Amarak seemed perfectly within their rights to fire Youcis for her white nationalist remarks, but worried that it set a dangerous precedent for workers in the age of social media.
"In a world where everyone is a keystroke away from embarrassment, do we want to encourage termination of employees for speech on their own time?" Smerconish wrote.
Despite telling Smerconish that she only viewed herself as a white nationalist for “maybe only about three months” and just creating her @realEmilyToucis Twitter account in June, Youcis denies that it’s an act reminiscent of the late Andy Kaufman geared towards boosting donations to her Patreon page.
"People have asked me this repeatedly, and I keep telling them I'm being serious," Youcis told PhillyClout. "I don't understand why they can't get it through their skull."