If you were released from prison after serving 17 years for murdering your friend, what would you really want to do upon experiencing freedom? Would "eating a cronut" be in the top 5,000? No? Well, you are not ex-New York club fixture Michael Alig, who literally cried while eating the pastry the other day.
Alig—who was portrayed by Macaulay Culkin in the movie Party Monster—was brought cronuts by the blog Bedford + Bowery, and, well, let's just let them take it from here:
Toward the end of our time together we present Alig with a box of cronuts, having read that trying one was one of the first things he wanted to do after his release. We'd assumed that he'd already had one during his first few days out, but he hadn't, and upon opening the box he burst into tears.
"Obviously I want this, but I just don't feel like I deserve it. I mean, it would be horrible not to eat it, but I just feel so awful."
He ate the decadent pastry in between sobs and revealed that he was tempted to not even come back to New York after his release, but that his parole stipulations made it not a possibility. "First of all I had to come back, plus I don't know where else I could survive," says Alig. "Los Angeles is so superficial. I mean, New York is, too, but at least here we have a sense of humor about it."
Then again, Los Angeles didn't trick prisoners into thinking that eating a croissant-donut hybrid was an important thing to do, so let's call this one a draw.