Employer sued for vegetarian=gay taunts
OK. I’m aware of a lot of dumb stereotypes of homos by macho, ignorant straight guys, but this has to be the most moronic thing I’ve ever heard. Most of the gay folks I know consume meat, and most of the vegetarians I know are straight progressives. Is there some trend up in NYC where this all got conflated in the mind of this Wall Street Cro-Magnon? (NYDN):
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.”
His boss, Robert Catalanello, sounds like a real winner of a guy in the complaint.
Catalanello’s alleged abuse is the meat of the nine-page complaint, which accuses the boss of saying, “Who the f— cares?” when another trader questioned what Pacifico would eat during an outing to a steakhouse.
“It’s his fault for being a vegetarian homo,” Catalanello is accused of saying. The suit also charges that the boss crudely poked fun at Pacifico last March during a conversation about steakhouses.
“You don’t even eat steak, dude,” Catalanello is accused of saying. “At what point in time did you realize you were gay?”
One of my readers commented:
Yes, there is a trend up here in NYC
But it has nothing to do with vegetarians or gays. Not to answer one stereotype with another……but this boss is in a field pretty rife with asshattery. If I ever find myself sitting at a restaurant next to a Wall Street trader type yammering on a Bluetooth, I try to change seats as quickly as possible, because I know I’m about to hear a cascade of idiocy flowing.
I’ll never forget being stuck on a train with one group of teens whose dads were in the field, and they were talking about how they were going to spend their first million and such. One was rooting for Castro to die because he thought once that happened, he’d be able to go into Cuba and buy up a bunch of property and make a ton of dough. Of course, “that’s so gay,” “fag” or “faggot” was about every third word/phrase out of their mouths.
One of the few bright sides of this economic freefall is seeing these self-important financial firm big shots be taken down a few notches. These guys have gotten too far for too long with a lot of money and not a lot of brains.