As the News Editor for the Sprudge Media Network, folks are always saying to me, “Zac, we miss seeing all the hot coffee goss on the site. WE WANT HOT COFFEE GOSS!” Know that I have heard your supplications for the tawdry. That’s why today I’m happy to present you with a hot Gos. Getting coffee. Canadian heartthrob Ryan Gosling recently took time out of his busy day being super famous to visit a coffee shop in Toronto.
Now, this story is a little more heartwarming than… other area warming. According to People, the film star was in town to premier his new movie, First Man, at the Toronto International Film Festival. Joelle Murray, owner of Grinder Coffee—not Grindr Coffee, which is unfortunate, because that would have really given this story some zip!—took this as the perfect opportunity to lure in the megastar with the cafe’s #RyanNeedsGrinder campaign. The plan was: for one week, the shop would post photos of a cardboard cutout Gosling enjoying some coffee at the shop, probably dust off a few “Hey Girl” memes, and use the hashtag. Well, the plan worked better than expected; patrons—including the not-Rob Ford mayor of Toronto—began posting photos with the fake Gosling, and the whole thing became this big viral sensation.
Then, on Day Eight, when it seemed like the ultimate goal wouldn’t be achieved, relegated to the depths along with an unsuccessful attempt to get Idris Elba into the shop the year previous, ultimate nice guy, THE Ryan Gosling, showed up unexpectedly to Grinder Coffee. As you can see from the photo below, Murray is pretty excited. Gosling remains handsome as ever.
And this happened… #ryanneedsgrinder worked. The man himself showed up. What a good sport, a well brought up Canadian boy. We truly appreciate Ryan taking the time the time to visit us during #tiff. Take that @idriselba your loss. pic.twitter.com/8rMMWOs32J
— GrinderCoffeeGerrard (@GrinderCoffeeTO) September 11, 2018
I gotta say, I kinda love this story. It’s just good clean fun at a coffee shop and who doesn’t love that?
Oh, right. The people who wanted the ole Sprudge spice. Well then, try this tasty lick on for size: Coffee companies who use the term “Geisha” and have no intention of altering course shouldn’t try to “well actually” Jenn Chen’s wonderfully researched—no matter what you feel like should have been included or what you believe you are owed for the sake of “journalistic integrity”—and thoughtfully written OPINION piece on why she BELIEVES a different name should be used. Rather, they should shut the fuck up and stay on the side lines. Whew.
There. How’s that for spice? Now please don’t ask again for a while. My mouth is burning.
Top image via Grinder Coffee