Don’t ask me, Ryan Gosling would never be MY choice for most stylish anything. His style is normcore/hipster and it does nothing for me. But GQ decided to give Ryan Gosling one of multiple covers to celebrate the twenty best-dressed men. Ryan ranks alongside Pharrell Williams, Brad Pitt, Kanye West, Bradley Cooper, Jeff Goldblum, Jared Leto, LeBron James, A$AP Rocky, Harry Styles, Daniel Craig, Cristiano Ronaldo, Russell Westbrook, John Mayer, Jaden Smith, David Beckham, Mark Ronson, Mario Balotelli, and Eddie Redmayne. Only half the list should stay. JADEN SMITH? Leto? B-Coop? Hell to the no. You can see GQ’s Best Dressed package here.
Meanwhile, did you know that Gosling feels strongly about eggs? He does. Gosling wrote an open letter to Costco’s CEO, encouraging Costco to adopt a policy of only buying and selling eggs that come from cage-free chickens.
Ryan Gosling is standing up for animal rights yet again with his latest open letter to Costco CEO Craig Jelinek. Less than two weeks after the Humane Society of the United States released an undercover investigation into the treatment of one of the chain’s largest egg suppliers, the hunky actor is demanding reform.
“I am writing today about the recent undercover investigation conducted by my friends at The Humane Society of the United States at a Costco egg supplier. Video footage revealed abhorrent cruelty including rows upon rows of birds confined in filth-laden cages with the mummified corpses of their cage-mates—eating, sleeping, defecating, and laying eggs on top of dead birds—and hens’ wings, legs, and necks trapped in the corroded wires of their battery cages,” Eva Mendes’ partner wrote.
“Furthermore, it is appalling that Costco has been selling these eggs with deceptive labeling on cartons featuring graphics of birds living out in a green pasture. You’re already eliminating cages for veal calves and pigs – don’t you feel that chickens also deserve the same mercy? So many corporations are meeting public demand for more humane products and transparency in the food chain. I sincerely hope that Costco will set plans now to go completely cage-free for its eggs.”
This is just the latest in Gosling’s countless attempts to shed a light on animal treatment within the food industry. Back in 2003, he panned KFC for their chicken’s living conditions, and in 2012 he teamed up with PETA to fight cruelty to cows on dairy farms, specifically a painful process called “dehorning” in which calves have their horns burned out of their heads. Then in 2013 he partnered up with the Farm Sanctuary and Humane Society International/Canada to help more than one million breeding pigs on Canadian farms.
Sure. It would be great if Costco went cage-free. It would be great if more grocery chains – including Wal-Mart – went cage-free. From Gosling’s letter, it’s clear that the supplier is linked directly to Costco, but I would assume that other grocery chains probably have some bad situations with their suppliers as well. But Costco is a good target for now, mostly because they’re more upmarket than Wal-Mart. I also think Gosling believes that Costco will be more susceptible to pressure.
Full disclosure: Personally, I don’t have strong feelings about eggs because I never buy eggs or cook eggs for myself. But Gosling’s argument seems pretty logical and humane and I do think more people should pay attention to food sourcing and the treatment of farm animals.
Photos courtesy of WENN, cover courtesy of GQ.