The 30-year-old man who was ordered to leave his parents' house just gave the most awkward interview
This week, the internet was stunned to hear about a 30-year-old man who was taken to court by his parents after he refused to move out. Michael Rotondo, who lived with his folks rent-free for eight years, lost a legal battle on Tuesday when a judge ruled that he had been given fair enough warning that he was not wanted anymore, and should therefore prepare to leave the property immediately.
However, Rotondo has refused to accept the decision quietly, and has since made it known that he believes the way he has been treated is incredibly unfair.
After receiving so much media attention for his childish behavior, Rotondo - who has a child of his own - gave an interview with CNN, and it was just about as cringe-worthy as you could expect.
The interview starts incredibly awkwardly with host Brooke Baldwin and Rotondo repeatedly saying the word "hi" to one another several times - and it only goes downhill from there.
Baldwin then opens with the obvious question: "Do you not want to find your own place?", to which Rotondo considers for a second before bluntly replying, "no". However, he then goes on to completely contradict himself, and says that he doesn't want to live with his parents anymore.
The anchor then picks up on this and reminds him that he was asked to move out five times before Rotondo's parents sought legal intervention in order to evict him. Again Rotondo seems to consider this for a moment before responding that he believes most of his parents' requests for him to leave were simply "attacks".
Baldwin shows a lot of patience for the 30-year-old, but continues to ask him something we all want to know: if he wants to move out of his parents' house, and he's been asked to move out of his parents' house, then why doesn't he just - you know - move out of his parents' house?
"I don't have the means to do that [move out]," he said.
"Ok," Baldwin said. "Do you have a job?"
Yet again, Rotondo leaves a long pause before saying, "No."
Baldwin then reminds the recent evictee that his parents urged him to find some sort of employment dozens of times before, and assured him that he would find work even with a fairly weak occupational history. Rotondo counters this by saying he has "plans to be able to provide for [himself]", but insists he needs more time to live rent-free so that he has the means to search for a job.
However, rather than sending out applications, it sounds more like Rotondo has spent his time and efforts countering the recent court decision to have him kicked out. And this is where it starts to get reeaalllyy awkward.
"You only have one mom and dad, and I understand that you are probably more upset than you’re letting on, but don’t you want to reconcile with them?" Baldwin asked.
"No," Rotondo said bluntly. "No, I don’t."
The interviewer then goes on to say that, because of the 30-year-old's attitude, many people online have taken the story as an example of millennials having "entitled" ways of thinking - but the evictee had a strange response to that.
"I would say that I’m really not a member of that demographic that they’re speaking to," Rotondo said about millennials. "I’m a very conservative person. The millennials that they’re speaking to are very liberal in their ideology."
Again, however, he contradicts himself, and interrupts Baldwin trying to say goodbye by saying, "I am a millennial."
Seriously, just watch it and revel in the awk-fest for yourself:
Needless to say, it seems that most people believe Rotondo should shift his butt and get looking for a job and a place to live sometime soon. He clearly has the conviction and determination to do it - otherwise, he'd never have made it to court; he just needs to accept that his freeloading life is over, and that, on this occasion, he should just take the hint and get out.