When a busker dressed as butter butted in on Today Show anchor Al Roker at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade besetting his banter and later his steady putter, without so much as a stutter Roker rebuked, rebutted and rebuffed him in a bitter butter battle, muttered he’s no butter-lover, got the better of the butter and left the butter, uh, butt-hurt. Oh brother!
Translation: of all the things we expected from NBC’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast, a story arc involving Al Roker feuding with a guy dressed as a stick of butter was not one of them. Lucky for us, sometimes the matrix glitches in strange and wonderful ways, leading to celebrity feuds between two equally beloved icons. Roker has written about health, dieting and weight loss and recently has advocated for the keto diet, so this butter battle had stakes.
In the first appearance of the Dreaded Stick as he will henceforth be known, Roker gave him a shove and said his already famous rallying cry, “Get outta here, ya butter!” Then, when he was scooting along in a little cart, the Dreaded Stick made his terrible returning, jogging alongside Roker and accosting him, yelling “Buttah ya turkey, buttah ya ham!” before the host outpaced him. This feud has to be seen to be believed, but you butter believe home viewers took notice.
Roker, not one to have egg on his face, got in on the fun.
And, of course, there’s already a @macybutterman parody Twitter account.