By now, we are all too familiar with the story of Luke Gatti. Troubled past including a dramatic departure from University of Massachusetts Amherst. A drunken night on the Storrs campus of his new school, the University of Connecticut. An unrelenting craving for bacon-jalapeno macaroni and cheese. And the viral video that results when the immovable object of school policy meets the unstoppable force of hunger for bacon bits, noodles, and cheese with a little kick.
And as with any viral sensation, we’ve gotten the full treatment:
-There was the original story
-There was the official UConn Bacon-Jalapeno Mac & Cheese Food Review
-There was the fully expected poor attempt at a DJ remix
-And there was even the Conan O’Brien spoof
The point is, the viral story has run its course. It has hit all the traditional notes and is just about ready to come to a close. There’s just one more element we need before we let “Mac N Cheese Kid” get back to his regular life: The apology.
Well, the apology is finally here. Gatti sat down in front of a camera in what is presumably his home to let us know how bad he feels about how things went down. Take a look:
It’s hard to say whether his remorse is genuine, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. It looks like the remarks are scripted, which some might knock him for, but consider how nervous he had to be delivering them. After how viral his incident went, he was basically pleading for his right to a normal life from here on out.
Nowadays, we as a society are all about the redemption tour. Shia LaBeouf, Justin Bieber, and countless other celebrities have gone through it. And now, without any of the money or moderately guaranteed success a celebrity has, Gatti has to go through it to. He’s just a kid who made a bad, alcohol-fueled mistake, and if he had the guts to apologize, I think we have to have the guts to forgive him.