'Vampire Diaries' star Ian Somerhalder rants over grocery basket of 'normal' food
It can't be easy being Ian Somerhalder.
The Vampire Diaries is probably the show we'll tell our kids about in a few years that they'll confuse with True Blood (and I can see why), but it stands as an icon of the mid-2000s feel on television, and in Ian Somerhalder, they had one of the era's most recognisable faces.
But since Vampire Diaries aired its final episode back in March of 2017, Ian Somerhalder has faded into the cultural background somewhat, don't you think? Wikipedia tells me he's due to star in a new vampire series currently being filmed for Netflix, but in the meantime, he's made the news for an entirely different reason.
Last week, Ian Somerhalder was stopped in a grocery store. It's probably something that happens to him quite a lot, but on this occasion, it wasn't a fan desperate for a selfie, but a woman weirdly curious about the contents of the 40-year-old's shopping cart. "I hope I don’t come off as an ass," began Somerhalder.
"A woman just stopped me in the grocery store and told me that she had never seen a basket like mine.I told her that I have never NOT seen this type of basket in my grocery-shopping behavior. A few others chimed in saying that it was a very strange sight!"
A strange sight in Ian Somerhalder's shopping basket? Well, above you can see the picture of the offending basket, and what you'll notice is that it's full of greens and vegetables. That makes sense, after all; Somerhalder avoids alcohol and junk food like the plague, and was really upset at people after the incident.
"I’m in a grocery store.It’s food. It got me thinking and really fired up... I hear in the news constantly, in legislative bodies debating and the public complaining out right bitching about healthcare costs, drug companies and doctors and what rising costs do to our society, our lives and our economy."
Ian Somerhalder launched into an incredible tirade on the world at large today, and said the public "poisons itself daily with bad food choices." He believes the key to a healthier society is a healthier diet, and the public's shock at his dietary choices is symptomatic of a wider American problem.
"I don’t mean to sound like a d*ck - or preachy but this is nuts: how is it, that grown professional people in a major American city have never seen a grocery basket full of normal & healthy foods that just all happen to be green or not processed. We’re so far down the rabbit hole of packaged and 'convenient' foods that our society is paying the price & so is our future."
Recalling how his mother raised him "with no money and mostly as a single parent", Ian Somerhalder rammed his point home by saying: "We MUST take responsibility for what we put into our bodies starting now. We can do it."
In a world of fast food and instant meals, it's sometimes hard to see the bigger picture, but I think Ian Somerhalder has got a point here.