Finally, someone in the limelight has taken a stand against vegan haters. 'The Big Bang Theory' actress Mayim Bialik recently stated that she doesn’t understand why people would be anti-vegan. As the vegan star wrote in her blog, some people tend to see vegans as being obnoxious and confessed she has met some vegans who are like this in her own life, but adds that it’s shocking the way some non-vegans see vegans as a threat to their consumption of meat. Yeah, exactly! What is up with that? There are a few things about anti-vegans that really make me shake my head in disbelief. They are:
- 1. The idea that if I choose to be vegan I am preventing you from not being vegan. Last I checked, it was a lifestyle choice not something anyone was forced to do. If people are at a restaurant and one person wants to order fish and the other wants a vegan meal, what’s the big deal?
- 2. Related to the above point is how warped society is that some people will get flustered at the thought of someone being vegan, as though they’re committing a crime or killing animals by eating meat. Isn’t the latter the real crime here? (Not that I’m saying we need to go out and shout at meat eaters or anything.) As Mayim stated, some meat-eaters feel that vegans are somehow a threat to them, which is ridiculous.
- 3. Yes, the self-righteous vegans are annoying but self-righteous people in general are, too. Why put self-righteousness and vegans in the same group, though? They don’t always go together. It’s a stereotype that must go.
- 4. When I was eating meat, I had a vegetarian friend who used to send me long texts telling me how bad it was what I was doing. Years later, we strangely switched places: I had become vegetarian and he was eating meat again. I never shamed him, though. He told me, 'Why don’t you eat meat again?' a few times. I’d just laugh him off but it made me think how often people just want everyone to be like them, no matter what side of the issue they’re on.
- 5. Anything different from the norm can become a problem. Don’t take it personally, though: making a decision that differs from that of the crowd is sure to ruffle some feathers. It doesn’t only have to be veganism: it can be that you don’t want kids or to get married; it could be that you want to pursue an artistic career instead of a conventional one; and so on. You’d think that vegans were the self-righteous ones but it seems that many people in general are, about a lot of things.
So what do we do? We have to respect the opinions of non-vegans in the hope that they will respect us, and stay away from the unreal, hurtful ones as much as we can. I’m glad Mayim has taken a stand to show that she’s proud to be vegan and that she, too, doesn’t understand the anger directed towards vegans. We need more celebrities like this and maybe we’ll start to get more positive feedback or just be left alone so we can eat our quinoa in peace.
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