The musician James Blunt, with his maudlin ballads and his soft, babbling voice, is not exactly known for advocating toxic masculinity. But as he recently confessed to singer Jessie Ware on the latest episode of her podcast Table mannersIt wasn’t always that developed. And once it ended up getting very sick indeed if he went too far to prove a point.
Blunt openly described himself as “totally immature” in his youth and, when he first went to college at Bristol University, stated his strict carnivorous diet of chicken and ground beef (which he adopted to piss off some vegans and prove his manhood) led to some pretty serious symptoms.
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“I lived on ground beef, some chicken, maybe with a little mayonnaise, and it was about six to eight weeks before I got very, very unhealthy and went to a doctor who said, ‘I think you have the symptoms of scurvy. ‘ “he continued. “He said, ‘You really lack vitamin C,’ so I just took it upon myself to drink a quart of orange juice every night and then I immediately developed acid reflux. As you can see, yes, food isn’t definitely my strength. “
The idea of meat as a symbol of masculinity is popular and ubiquitous, but has seen some setbacks in recent years. In the 2019 documentation The Game ChangersAction movie star and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, who studies the rise of plant-based diets in professional sports, has rejected the idea that the carnivore diet is inherently male.
“There is no one who can relate to it better than me because I lived in this world,” he said. “‘Steak is for men’ … They have these commercials – burgers, George Foreman with the grill and the epic sandwich – that’s great marketing for the meat industry and sells the idea that real men eat meat. But you have I have to understand it’s marketing. It’s not based on reality. “
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