Gosh, you would think Liam Neeson would be out promoting his new film(s). Maybe he doesn’t need to. This is doing it for him. He is certainly getting enough attention for trying to save the jobs of New York City’s carriage horse drivers. Mayor de Blasio campaigned on the issue, saying that he would ban horse drawn carriages in New York if elected.
Well, it’s all good fodder for the media. I don’t see de Blasio making any moves in that direction, even though he is still saying it is going to happen, carriage horses are going, it is a done deal.
Here’s a bit of the New York Daily News‘ exclusive, written by their City Hall Bureau Chief Jennifer Fermino:
The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports:
Hollywood heavyweight Liam Neeson attracts huge audiences in theaters around the globe, but he’s not much of a draw with city officials who want to ban horse-drawn carriages.
Neeson, a leading advocate for the embattled carriage industry, has invited Mayor de Blasio and all 51 City Council members to tour the largest stable on Sunday.
He will join carriage drivers and animal caretakers at the Clinton Park Stables on W. 52nd St. to showcase how the horses are treated.
The invites from the star of “Non-Stop” and “The Lego Movie” — currently the top two movies at the box office — and from Teamsters Joint Council 16, which reps many of the carriage workers, went out on Friday.
So far, only freshman Councilman Ben Kallos of the upper East Side has agreed to take the tour, according to a spokesman for the carriage owners.
None of the main players pushing to outlaw the industry — including de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) — have promised to attend.
De Blasio said two weeks ago that he would visit a stable before the Council votes to ban the industry, but on Monday his office wouldn’t say if he would be part of Neeson’s open house.
Neeson, a native of Ireland who now lives in New York, became involved in the issue because some of his close friends work in the horse-carriage industry.
Read it all, look at the pictures >>
I am not trying to stir up trouble, but when I worked as a horse racing photographer, and trainers knew owners were stopping by to take a look at their horses, the stables (usually well kept anyway) were made sparkling clean with fresh everything and about two foot of bedding. Wouldn’t you make your place look spic and span, freshly baked bread on the table, if you knew someone was coming over to inspect it?
I doubt Mayor de Blasio would know what he was looking at anyway at a horse stable, so don’t know what all the excitement is about.
Poor horses. All this fuss on their behalf. Or is it?
Featured image of Liam Neeson from Collider.com