A video of a vegan freaking out after discovering he'd eaten cheese has been cropping up all over the internet. But it's not doing the vegan lifestyle any favors.
- Why We Don't Need To See A Vegan Losing It
In the video, a vegan YouTuber called Powsimian bites into a vegan pizza and makes the alarming discovery that there is cheese in the sauce. During the video, he calls the company from where his mom had bought the food, asks them if they have any animal products in their sauce, and then throws his phone across the room when he learns that they do. He then asks the camera, “Tell me who the f**k puts cheese in sauce?” Although he is clearly passionate about his vegan lifestyle, the video has come across as making vegans seem dramatic and neurotic. The video got 16,000 thumbs-down when it was posted on Reddit.
- Damage Control That Makes It Worse
Powsiminian then posted a second video describing how he flipped over the cheese sauce. He also claimed to notice that he got lots of dislikes on the first video and was surprised that vegans themselves didn't like it (really?!). Although he speaks of how killing animals is wrong and shouldn't be reduced to something like “first world problems”, as some had commented after viewing his freak-out video, the second video also received thousands of dislikes. He then said he actually wants dislikes because videos with the most dislikes get the most views. SMH.
- Making Vegans Seem Crazy
Is it just me or is Powsiminian that vegan guy at dinner parties who preaches about the lifestyle, comes across as arrogant, and who appears to want to promote veganism but ends up putting people off it instead? It's great that he doesn’t want to eat any animal products, but the temper tantrum comes across as childish. Also, telling people about how killing animals is wrong is a good thing - but when it comes across as trying to educate or lecture people in a snarky way, this is immediately off-putting. One YouTube viewer even commented on the second video, asking people not to judge vegans based on this one guy. Being vegan gets a bad rap sometimes and people like Powsiminian contribute to that negative reputation. No one needs to get a lecture about lifestyles and it's really not easy to support someone whose values are in the right place but who just looks like he wants attention. Throwing your phone and pizza box across the room and calling your second video “F**k Reddit”? Yeah, really making yourself seem like an idiot there.