Bill de Blasio Booed at Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was booed by several spectators when he took to the stage at the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in the city.

The annual event, which took place in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Sunday July 4, was attended by de Blasio, 60, who announced the winner of the women's competition while wearing a hot dog hat.

As he stood on the stage on Sunday afternoon, the outgoing mayor was booed by several people in the crowd, before the jeering intensified when the presenter of the event thanked him, according to a video clip provided by Storyful.

De Blasio, who will finish his second and final term as New York City mayor this year, did not appear to react to the booing on Sunday, as he instead looked at the presenter and smiled.

The event, which took place on the nation's Independence Day, was attended by thousands of people on Sunday, according to CBS 2, which reported that hundreds took part in the hot dog eating competition.

Joey Chestnut, the defending champion of the men's competition, won for the 14th time and beat his own record for the amount consumed, eating 76 hot dogs and their buns in 10 minutes.

The second-placed finisher in the men's competition was only able to manage 50 hot dogs during Sunday's competition. Michelle Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona, won the women's competition after eating just less than 31 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

De Blasio has been booed on several occasions, and was jeered in Brooklyn in June 2020 when he attempted to take the stage at a memorial for George Floyd, as shouts of "F**k you, de Blasio" were heard.

The jeering at the memorial drowned out the mayor while he was speaking on several occasions, and he kept his remarks to less than five minutes before departing the stage.

His popularity has fallen with just a few months left as mayor, as a Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll released on June 11 showed that 37 percent of the city's residents approved of the job he was doing, while 47 percent said that they disapproved.

Following a voting discrepancy, the Democratic candidate for mayor has not yet been decided, with it seemingly between former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face off against Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa when the city goes to the polls on November 2.

The official results of the Democratic primary will likely be released in the coming weeks, as election officials continue to count the remaining absentee ballots.

Newsweek has contacted de Blasio's office for comment.

De Blasio booed at hot dog contest
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio holds up a champions belt during the 2021 Nathans Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 04, 2021 in New York City. De Blasio was booed by members of the crowd during the event. Getty Images/John Lamparski