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Dr. Oz Mocked Over ‘Wegners’ Groceries, Shopping Habits

In a video, the U.S. Senate candidate for Pennsylvania said he was shopping for crudité items at a “Wegners” store.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Pennsylvania and TV doctor Mehmet Oz was criticized online after a video in which he mispronounced the name of a grocery store went viral.

Inflation and rising prices were front-and-center in the media in the spring, when the video was first shared. Oz, who says he’s buying food for his wife, seems to confuse the names Radner’s and Wegmans at one point in the video, saying he’s at “Wegners.” He also goes grocery shopping for crudité, a selection of raw vegetables served with a variety of dips and spreads. A Radner’s store appeared in the background of the video.

On Monday, the video was shared again after users quoted a tweet by liberal pundit Ron Filipkowski to make fun of Oz. Users pointed out the conflation of the names and the allusion to crudité to argue that the video was an act meant to appear approachable to middle-class voters.

Mehmet Oz, the ridiculous performance artist, acts as if he is buying food for his wife. someone taking pictures. pic.twitter.com/xVoWqIfH8w Tweeted by: Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) April 6, 2022

Filipkowski tweeted on April 6: “The ridiculous performance artist that is Mehmet Oz pretends he is grocery shopping for his wife.” In the presence of a cameraperson.

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Democratic opponent for Oz’s Senate seat, Pennsylvania lieutenant governor John Fetterman, made reference to the video. Fetterman replied to Oz’s tweet by making fun of Oz’s use of the term “crudité,” which Fetterman claimed Pennsylvanians have a more straightforward term for.

Fetterman tweeted, “In PA we call this a… veggie tray,” and later gloated that the video had made “Wegner’s” a trending topic on Twitter.

Here in Pennsylvania, we refer to this as a “veggie tray.” https://t.co/nDp0Uw27zd August 15, 2022 — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman)

Comedian Steve Hofstetter tweeted: “Just Oz doing some quick grocery shopping at “Wegners,” a store that doesn’t exist because he means Redners or Wegmans.” Next time on ‘Fraud, with @DrOz,’ we’ll count the home runs the Steelers have hit in the second inning and break down the second quarter of a Flyers game.

Simply Oz running in for a few necessities at the nonexistent “Wegners,” by which he likely means Redners or Wegmans. On the next episode of “Fraud, with @DrOz,” we’ll discuss the second quarter of the Flyers game and the number of home runs the Steelers have hit. https://t.co/LkSrJqjv2A A tweet from Steve Hofstetter (15 August 2022)

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“It’s your old pal Mehmet Lunchpail doing some grocery shopping at the FoodSuper uh, MarketFoodPlace, picking up some vegetables for my personal chefs to prepare as crudités in one of my many homes, just like you do, uh, fellow Regular People,” comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted in an apparent jab at Oz’s out-of-touch attitude.

Just like you, uh, regular folks, here I am at the FoodSuper uh, MarketFoodPlace, stocking up on vegetables to have my personal kitchen staff prepare as crudités back at one of my many mansions. https://t.co/aEsMSIqf1K Twitter user Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) cites the comedian. Monday, August 15th, 2022

Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC, once tweeted, “Classic asparagus and salsa crudité.”

Asparagus and salsa crudité, a culinary classic https://t.co/mzZLOUXKBy Tweets by Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) 15 August 2022

Republican Pat Toomey has decided not to run for a third term in the United States Senate, opening the door for Democrats Jack Fetterman and Ross Oz to make a run for the seat. One of the most outspoken progressive Democrats in the country, Fetterman has consistently led Oz in polls, with a 10-point lead according to FiveThirtyEight as of August 4.

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The Newsweek team contacted Oz’s camp for a response.

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