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Leave It To Us Gays To Have A Hunger Strike That Includes Cappucinos!

Updated on January 27, 2010


Of course, like everyone who would read the story of a young gay man being beaten by four men and causing him to wake in the hospital with internal bleeding and an almost unshakeable anxiety, when I first read Francesco Zanardi’s story on, I was moved (read the story here . That was until I got the bottom of the article and discovered that while Zanardi and his twenty-something partner are on a hunger strike to bring attention to the awful crime committed against him (meriting 1,500 fans on Facebook who are following them) and allowing people to see them on their hunger strike on a live feed, Zanardi is supposedly “living off just three cappuccinos a day.”  Leave it to us gays to have a hunger strike that includes cappuccinos! – Don’t Get Me Started!

I know, I know, I’m going to hell but I just couldn’t help myself. I had my somber gay beating face on until I got to the cappuccino part and then I felt the corners of my mouth starting to rise. I was smiling. Here was this story about this young man who was beaten and who was doing something to ensure that he and his partner’s experience was known to the world and I was chuckling…a lot. Do you blame me? Don’t answer that.

As soon as I was able to move on from the hunger strike that included cappuccinos I began to think of other gay protests that would no doubt garner publicity while retaining their “gay” sensibilities. Maybe someone could sleep on a bed of nails for three days with only a throw pillow for a pillow to protest how hard gays have it in society. Maybe someone could chain themselves to a store, you know like Barneys (in the men’s department) to bring to everyone’s attention that without gay salespeople there would be no retail. Finally an event where everyone wears Lady Gaga hand me downs (because don’t all of her costumes look so uncomfortable) this would be a protest about how uncomfortable some gays have it in society.

Okay, it’s all silly, right? But isn’t a hunger strike that includes cappuccinos a little silly too? Maybe I’m just being more evil than one person is allowed to be. Maybe I’m just being hypocritical because I wouldn’t have taken it nearly as hard had he been drinking V8 or something with some vitamins instead. But when someone is protesting with a hunger strike that includes cappuccinos, I would just think the responsible thing to do would to just not mention the cappuccinos. Never mind the fact that I’m jealous as hell because they’re both going to be so gay thin at the end of this protest that they could wear anything, I’m wondering why Starbucks (who is so causey) isn’t getting involved?

There’s a lot of injustice in this world and I do think it’s great when people take a stand but I can’t get past the cappuccinos. Sorry. I know, I know that I’m being a bad gay and that they’ll probably come and take my card away when they read this but come on, don’t deny it, you laughed a little too, didn’t you? Leave it to us gays to have a hunger strike that includes cappuccinos! – Don’t Get Me Started!

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      somelikeitscott 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      lisadpreston - Hey, I'm all about the laughter (even in the darkest of times). I was so sorry to hear about your niece's friend, awful. Sorry about your coffee on your keyboard!

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      lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      OMG! I had just written a small hub about my niece's friend being killed because he was gay. Why did I click onto this? You really killed the moment. No pun intended. I spewed coffee all over my computer from laughing so hard. I should have known better than to read something from you when I'm not supposed to be laughing. Yes, you are a bad gay and your card should be revoked! Love you.