Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy rescued a dog from a South Korean dog meat farm during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics to much fanfare, and brought the dog to America where he then killed it. Kenworthy posted incessantly about his delectable dog on Instagram for months following the Olympics, right up until the time that he killed it. If you go by Kenworthy’s lengthy Oscar-worthy Instagram caption detailing the final weeks of the dead dog’s life, you would believe that his loss was a tragic and unforeseen incident:
“Two days ago my beautiful baby Beemo passed away. It was completely unexpected and Matt and I are beside ourselves trying to cope with her loss. For a week or so we’d been worrying because she was showing less and less interest in her food. There were several trips to the vet and on our final visit this past Thursday I asked them do a full body scan in case there was an underlying issue they had missed. Beemo went into a panic attack during the x-rays and her breathing became rapid and shallow. The scan revealed that her lungs were deteriorated and that her heart was too big for her body – a birth defect we had no way of knowing about. Unable to treat her there, I rushed her to the emergency vet where a breathing tube was put down her throat. They hoped that with a respirator breathing for her they could get her vitals back to a normal level so she could be treated but they were never able to do so. The past two days have been a blur. It all happened so fast that it’s still hard to believe it. The ER doc told us that even if we’d somehow spotted the issue earlier it wouldn’t have made a difference in the end. He said that she’d been living on “borrowed time” from the get go. Beemo was truly the best thing that ever happened to me and I feel so fortunate for our borrowed time together. I’ve never loved anything or anyone in the way that I loved that dog and she is and will always be deeply missed. She was so smart and playful. She brought so much happiness to so many people every single day. I’ll always remember being out on a walk with her and every other second she would get stopped by someone wanting to pet her, kneel down and kiss her, hold her in their arms or take a photo and on many occasions a crowd of people would have formed around her. That was her power: she made people smile. She was the kindest, most gentle soul I’ve ever known. She loved people. She loved birds and the snow. She loved me and Matt. But most of all she loved meeting other dogs. If any of you have pets up in doggy heaven please tell them to go find Bee because she could really use a good play date right now. RIP sweet creature – your daddy loves you more than you could ever even know!”
But the percentage of celeb dogs that somehow meet their maker prematurely proves that if you’re fueled exclusively by narcissism and only use animals as Insta props for the five minutes a day that you pay attention to them, they very well might die. Kenworthy spews about the dog’s loss of interest in food and eventual death by X-Ray shock. That old chestnut. Translation: I was too busy getting STDs in Mexico to notice the initial signs that the living creature I was solely in charge of keeping alive needed medical attention.
What really grinds my gears about this whole thing and makes me feel morbidly vindicated is that by adopting this stupid dog, Kenworthy was condemning the South Korean cultural tentpole of dog eating. Look at every member of every K Pop band ever. They’ve all eaten roughly five-hundred dogs. And to not celebrate that is to shun cultural diversity. Now Kenworthy has effectively wasted food. Although, it’s never too late to fry up some hot dogs.
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