In an earlier article I talked about Top Chef contestant Joe Sasto’s comments about kicking men in the balls, seemingly as a form of expressing disagreement with men ordering beverages that Joe doesn’t consider to be masculine: What Joe said was, “Where I’m from if you ordered one of those you’d get kicked in the nuts.” This was in reference to the German drink known as a radler — what many others may know as a shandy. At the time I wondered just what rough and tumble, manly place Joe hails from where a man would be at risk of violent physical/sexual assault simply for ordering a drink that Joe seems to think is not for himself and, presumably, his tough swaggering brethren. The Top Chef program refers to Joe as being from Los Angeles; subsequently Joe has identified his real place of origin as San Francisco. I’ll leave it to you, the reader, to ponder how masculine either L.A. or San Francisco are, or are not.
Skipping forward a few weeks to the episode Bronco Brouhaha (S15E09) and here’s Joe Sasto again with another bizarre revelation (at least this one is more peaceful than violent sexual assault) … the power of magic crystals. To those who actually believe in this claptrap, is it the crystals themselves that are the actual source of some sort of magical power, or the believing in the crystals which imparts a power to them? Joe seems to be of the former mind: In a phone call to his girlfriend Joe says, “I was feeling burnt out and then I switched up my crystal configuration and yesterday I was really good.” His girlfriend was most pleased with this news and, possibly, Joe’s playing along with her beliefs in the magic power of crystals. Joe goes on to explain …
Crystals carry energy with them. My girlfriend is a huge believer in this. And, I’m definitely a superstitious person.
I tend to think that Joe Sasto is more on the pussy side of the masculinity spectrum … Not the assault another man for ordering a girly drink side that he earlier espoused: Either Joe believes in the magical power of crystals, which hardly seems masculine at all or, and I suspect this is more likely and is the case, he simply plays along with the magical crystals bullshit because he has been pussy-whipped or cuckolded into privately and publicly proclaiming “I do believe in crystals” in order to maintain his submissive position in the relationship with his girlfriend. I won’t even comment on the slippers. What the hell has happened to males (sorry, but the word “men” cannot be used here) in modern society!
At least in the above amusing clip from the Jeremy’s Manager episode of Peep Show the character Mark Corrigan is just indulging a woman’s wacky crystal skull beliefs because he wants to have sex with her which, I’d suggest, places him a bit more “manly” on the spectrum — It’s 2018 and people love a good “spectrum” — of what is fair and acceptable for a man to do. I don’t believe Top Chef contender Joe is, in any way, shape or form, exercising a manly guile to get what he wants: Well, to clarify, he may be playing along with believing in magic crystals in order to get what he wants, but I have a feeling that it is more out of “Please don’t leave me” type of desperation. I’ll do anything … I’ll believe in magic crystals … Just don’t leave … PLEASE!!!
*If you watched the episode of Top Chef you’ll have noted that Joe did not do well at all that week. In fact, he nearly got himself eliminated with his poorly executed deep fried macaroni & cheese cubes. I wonder if Joe blames his performance on the crystals? I doubt it. Rather than accept that the superstitious belief in the power of magic
beans crystals is illogical, to put it politely, the usual response from those who believe in magic is to double-down and proclaim that the failure, as it were, was a result of not using the magic correctly, or not believing strongly enough … If you’ll only believe more, then you too can experience the magic.