It was a Friday afternoon and my work week was wrapping up. I was looking forward to sipping a few tequilas with friends. And then someone sent me this f***ing thing:
(Here’s a link to the post on IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZkCORLAgDx/)
Seriously. In 2022. A joke that people who eat gluten-free are weak and pathetic.
Sure…in 2012, the Today Show called us trendy. And yeah…I know that in the same year, they also called us picky eaters. And fine…in 2013, Disney decided to bully a gluten-free child on one of their more popular shows. And ok…in that same year, Jimmy Fallon portrayed us as losers. And yes…there was the time in 2015 Joy Behar called us irritating. And ok…a short time later, an NBC Super Bowl ad called us soft. And of course there was the time in 2018 where Party City called us gross.
But this is 2022. The jokes, which were always pathetic, are now officially stale; outdated; even more pathetic if that’s possible. But not to the a**holes over at Barstool Sports. Not only do they think gluten-free jokes are still relevant, they told their 12.7 million IG followers to actually TAG a gluten-free person and tell them they’re weak.
Let me repeat that. They want to call out people with a serious autoimmune disease, including millions of children around the world, and let them know they are not worthy. Not strong. That they should be made fun of because they can’t eat foods that are poison to their body. I simply cannot wrap my head around this. Who thought this would be funny?
Now, let’s talk about Barstool Sports for a second.
- They posted nude photos of a child and talked about their genitalia.
- They have been accused of promoting rape culture, going as far as saying “we don’t condone rape of any kind at our Blackout Parties…however if a chick passes out that’s a gray area.”
- Several women have forward as alleged victims of “abusive and violent sex” instigated by the founder of BS.
- They have stolen content and posted it as their own.
And the list goes on and on.
And now let’s talk about the pitiful video.
Actually…I changed my mind. I don’t want to talk about the video. It’s not worth my attention to go thru the details of it. It’s so bad, I’d actually be embarrassed for Barstool Sports if I didn’t hate them so much.
Instead, let’s lay out some facts about celiac disease:
Fact: Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
Fact: Celiac disease affects men and women across all ages and races.
Fact: 83% of those celiacs are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Fact: The longer a person is not properly diagnosed and continues to eat gluten, the greater their risk of developing other autoimmune disorders, neurological problems, osteoporosis and cancer.
Fact: Untreated celiac disease increases the risk of cancer 200-300%.
Fact:Untreated celiac disease increases the risk of miscarriage 800-900%.
Fact: There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease.
Fact: A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac today.
Fact: The total US healthcare cost for all untreated celiacs: $14.5 – $34.8 billion annually.
And here’s another fact the idiots at Barstool Sports should know: About one-third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied because of their allergies. (https://www.foodallergy.org/) And this bullying can lead to depression, anxiety and yes even suicide. And as someone who was bullied relentlessly in grade school, I can tell you it has long-lasting effects.
So to Barstool Sports: F**k you. And I’ll leave it at that.
And to the millions of my gluten-free friends out there: You’re strong. You’re disciplined. You’re resilient. You’re awesome. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.