Thursday, January 29, 2009

Only Homos Don't Eat Meat

One of my favorite blogs that I read daily is called
Normally I'd just link to this, but this is so absurd to me that I have gone ahead and cut and paste it directly from Joe's site. Thanks Joe.

A straight and married Wall Street trader is suing his former employers, saying that they tormented him for his vegetarianism and told him that only homosexuals don't eat meat.
Ryan Pacifico is suing Calyon in the Americas, charging that his one-time boss at the French financial firm presided over a testosterone-fueled trading desk, where he was mocked for avoiding meat and wearing snug-fitting shorts during triathlons. "A trading floor is certainly a manly man's world," Pacifico said. "I just never expected someone to think it's gay to be a vegetarian or to constantly poke fun at me." The 28-year-old Long Island man worked as a junior foreign-exchange trader in Manhattan for the firm from 2005 until he was fired last March. Pacifico's discrimination lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, contends the firm cooked up lies about his job performance to fire him - when the real factors were that he was a vegetarian who was perceived to be gay by boss Robert Catalanello. "They associated being a vegetarian with being gay," said Rick Ostrove, a lawyer for Pacifico. "It's a ridiculous male stereotype that only real men eat meat."

Pacifico says at one time his boss taunted him with "You don't even eat steak, dude. At what point in time did you realize you were gay?"

OK this is me again, wow, just WOW, if not eating meat makes you gay in these men's minds then what does that make all the gay people who do eat meat?

What an up hill battle it is going to be to change people's eating habits and perceptions of food. It's also really important to note that this is the second news article that I have read in recent months, the other being the killing of Nicaraguan man Jose
Sucuzhanay in Bushwick, where straight men have been the victims of "anti-gay" hate violence."

It seems maybe on this score my mother may have been right: "We're all going to hell in a handbasket"

And apparently for a great number of us - the 48% of the population that voted Republican - that would be just fine, better to stay the same and be ignorant than change. No wonder Obama had to have a security detail sooner then any other presidental candidate.

I know I'm a drama queen, but lets be honest here, this is, in reality, very scary. These are the people we have to educate and it isn't going to be easy.


c james. said...

This is insane, and so 1980's Wall Street good ol' boy club. I'm still dumbfounded that many of the well-educated, self-proclaimed society elite still think it's acceptable behaviour to treat people like this.

Companies who accept or cover up discriminatory practices are doomed to failure.

As an aside: Don't these companies realize that (especially in this economy) the gay demographic, with their higher than average disposable incomes, are the greatest, but most untapped revenue stream.

Jul said...

This is crazy...and I guess that arbitrary rule doesn't apply to many gay men or lesbians. I love steak! Of course, humanely raised and organic.

People are idiots...thanks for the story!

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