Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Make That A Double Burger

In an interview with Us Weekly, ex-Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker gives me just one more reason why I will never be a vegetarian.

The article appears in a section of the magazine called "Hot Stuff" which is really a poor choice of words considering he was severely burned in an airplane crash.

You would think a near-death experience would warrant a cover story but, apparently, Angelina Jolie's post-pregnancy weight loss is much more inspirational. In the wacky world of celebrity journalism, eating lean protein to look good on the red carpet trumps eating protein to grow your skin back any day.

After more than 25 years as a vegetarian, you had to start eating meat again. Why?

I need protein from food rather than just protein supplements. I changed my diet. I would do anything I possibly could [to get better]. They said, "There's a possibility you might heal faster if you do eat meat or just change your eating habits." So I did. I don't regret it at all, because I feel so much better!

Did it help?

Because I was a vegetarian, for my first three surgeries, it was hard to get any of my grafts to take to my real skin. I have such low levels of protein. I just got out surgery maybe an hour ago. They took pieces from my back and pieces of skin from my thighs and they grafted them onto my feet, my heels and my right forearm-- and it actually stuck!
It sounds like humans are carnivores for a reason. If carne means '"flesh" and vorare means "to devour" then you can bet I'm going to continue to vorare my carne every chance I get.

Sorry, PETA, but if I'm ever unfortunate enough to wind up in the burn unit, I want my skin grafts to take the first time.

Perhaps instead of peanuts, airlines should start handing out bacon bits.

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