We have met the pizza rat, and he is us.
The internet was captivated yesterday by a video of a rat, headed home to Queens for some trashbags & chill with bae, trying to carry a whole slice of pizza onto the L train platform. Only fourteen seconds long, the video is nonetheless a masterpiece; a titanic struggle between the great American archetypes “vermin” and “unhealthy food”; a roller coaster of optimism, loss, defeat, and new hope, played out against a backdrop of authentic New York filth. It ends on an ambiguous note, the rat eyeing the pizza with… longing? Determination? Despair? It is impossible to say. Either way, the struggle itself is enough to fill a person’s heart. One must imagine pizza rat happy.