Hunger strikes are fun. Some people starve themselves for animal rights, others for world peace. And in this day and age, one woman serves herself a heaping helping of hunger pangs for American Idol.
As she recounts on her myspace page, “J” is a big American Idol fan. So big, in fact, that she is willing to starve herself in the hopes of getting rid of a contestant who, in her eyes, is not worthy of the top 12. Full disclosure: I haven’t watched the show in several years, but can Sanjaya Malakar really be that bad? J says:
We have no problems with Sanjaya personally, he seems like a very personable and charming young man. However, he does NOT belong on American Idol. The judges faltered with their decision to place him in the 24, and American Idol voters have done even worse by keeping him on.
Well, sure, that sounds like an EXCELLENT reason to starve yourself. Hey, J, do you want to know what happens to your body when you fast? Go ahead and check out this Slate article and pay particular attention to:
Fasting becomes dangerous after just three to five days, at which point the body begins breaking down fat in order to produce energy. When the liver is reduced to breaking down fat (in lieu of the usual glucose), it produces ketone bodies, a toxic byproduct.
So … have fun with that.
Oddly enough, it’s not the first time there’s been a hunger strike involving television. In 1980, Welsh politician Gwynfor Evans threatened to starve himself to make sure the people of Wales got their promised Welsh-language channel. They did.