Who is your favorite vegan celebrity?

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@Lou it just gets me when flexitarians talk about "balance", like there's virtue in continuing to eat animal products after making the moral connection, and like veganism is somehow imbalanced. It's throwing veganism under the bus in an attempt to paper over the inherent ethical inconsistency.

Even though she tries to eat vegan during the week, Meghan does enjoy a roast chicken.

...so she rescues chickens...from herself?

It just comes off as more of a PR strategy than a conviction.
 
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@Lou it just gets me when flexitarians talk about "balance", like there's virtue in continuing to eat animal products after making the moral connection, and like veganism is somehow imbalanced. It's throwing veganism under the bus in an attempt to paper over the inherent ethical inconsistency.

Even though she tries to eat vegan during the week, Meghan does enjoy a roast chicken.

...so she rescues chickens...from herself?

It just comes off as more of a PR strategy than a conviction.
Yes. it does seem sort of complicated but there are a number of things to rememember or factor in.

Keeping in mind that going vegan is not the easiest thing in the world. Just look at how many people drop by here with issues, problems, complaints....

Several prominent philosophers, including Peter Singer, have discussed how personal purity does more harm to veganism than it does help.

I sort of cringe inside when I hear vegans attacking each other. "you're not vegan enough" is something that has been directed at me, too.

the article you referenced is older than mine. Now that she rescues chickens I bet she doesn't eat them anymore. That would be weird.

I remembrer how the "vegan community" jumped all over Alicia Silverstone when she admitted to eating non vegan cookies at the mall when she was pregnant. I also remember how the vegan community vilified Peter Singer as not a real vegan when he admitted he doesn't stay vegan while traveling.

My point: if a celebrity is "almost vegan " and does good works - he/she should be honored - not criticized. I have yet to convert one person to veganism (not counting me) but some of these people, have influenced hundreds if not thousands of individuals. Maybe not to become vegan but to eat less chickens. :) Heck Meagan got her husband to stop hunting. That is worth 100 vegan points right there.

Also remember my slogan: Never let perfection be the enemy of good.
 
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Of course it can be taken too far, but consistency is important for veganism to be taken seriously. The line is fuzzy and a little different for everyone, but choosing to eat meat on weekends without any reason beyond a lack of moral conviction is not vegan.

Again though, my real problem is claiming the virtue of balance for eating meat. That actively undermines veganism, playing right into the "it's too extreme" excuse. The fact she has so much influence only makes it more harmful.
 

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It was a long time ago that I read that Andréa Nebel Haugen is a vegan, but I remember it clearly because I was so impressed. Back then I only tried to be vegan and was quite inconsistent with it. I also read that she practices kick boxing. I can't back up these with links, but I remember it clearly.
I don't know if she was vegan when she travelled with Gypsies, but otherwise she sure is vegan. I don't know if the word Gypsy is somehow racist, but I like it and I also am half Gypsy myself so at least I don't mind.
She has made these awesome songs:


 

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I don't really want to take too much part on this conversation about labels. It's confusing and ultimately disappointing.
Putting something or someone on a high pedestal makes it seem like it's out of reach. So maybe lowering it down could be beneficial and these loose terms could be helpful to those who are transitioning. But also confusing.
When I started to learn about Buddhism, I came to know that they practice non-violence. And I was like "there is a whole spiritual community that is vegan that I haven't know about before!" No. They aren't all vegan. Even if that'd make a lot of sense. But then again, Wiccans aren't all vegan either, so I should have known.
It's not about being perfect. It's more about doing your best. For example, with merit making. You don't have to be rich to make merit every single day. It could be something small. And if you want to give to charity, just one dollar a day is enough, then at the end of the year, you have given 365 dollars already.
It makes a difference, but only takes a long time.
Perhaps some people who want to be vegan have weak willpower, but over time their efforts count. But can they call themselves vegan? And who can call themselves Buddhist?
I don't know if this makes any sense. But yeah. I don't know about the labels anymore. Everything is confusing. People are just people and everyone does their best.
 
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One of my pet peeves is when the media will tout a celebrity as being vegan because they were spotted eating a veggieburger in a vegan restaurant and made some noise on social media about eating vegan, and it turns out to be just a phase or an experiment, or just a random choice for lunch, and by the time actual vegans read about it, the celebrity is back to eating bacon and eggs and telling people how much they missed it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ If I’m going to read about vegan celebrities, I’d prefer seriously committed, longtime vegans like Mayim Bialik, who does vegan cooking videos for her YouTube followers.
 

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I almost forgot. Jackson Galaxy and Hannah Shaw (The Kitten Lady) are both vegan! They are cat specialists, cat rescuers and bestseller authors. They also have YouTube channels. Jackson Galaxy has a TV series called My Cat From Hell, which is one of the best TV series ever. He has been vegan for over 7 years now. And Hannah has been vegan since she was 15 years old.
 
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For the most part, I'm not even that interested of celebrities. I often recognize actors by their role, I don't usually even know their real name and I think that they could keep their personal life to themselves. If that were possible. There should be some laws to protect their privacy. I don't know how hard it is for them. But I'd imagine that being accountable, not just to themselves and their loved ones, but to millions of people who have zero empathy towards them must be living Hell. In reality, what other people think about you doesn't matter. But it's very human to suffer at certain extend from peer pressure.
 
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Eating vegan throughout the week but not at the weekend is not anywhere near to vegan though is it. So she cares about animals mon-fri but screw them the other days? 🤔 :joy: sounds like it's more for health benefits with that schedule.
 
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Well, look at that. Frost is plant based and "mostly vegan". I like his drumming and also his performance in Until The Light Takes Us was neat. That is, if destroying things and bleeding all over the place can be called neat.

 
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4. She comes from a big family and she actually has 40 cousins IN TOTAL.
5. Andrea is also an activist. She is "focused on women's rights and inclusion and currently works closely with the Municipal Institute for Women, which aims to end gender violence."
6. She's vegan!
7. She has her own activewear brand called Andrea Meza Activewear.
8. For her Miss Universe national costume, Andrea wore an outfit inspired by Alebrijje, a Mexican traditional handicraft made of paper and wood.

 
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For 20 years PETA has been awarding the title of Sexiest Vegan to one celebrity.

Anyway this year they are shaking things up and awarding Most Beautiful Vegan to 20 celebrities.



"Vegan options are now on every menu and in every grocery store, and you can't turn on the radio or TV these days without spotting a vegan superstar," she says. "We've come so far in 20 years, and that's thanks in large part to PETA's 'beautiful vegan celebrities,' who have inspired millions of people to leave animals off their plates."

 
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^passed over yet again :sob:
When they have that other contest (the one for regular people) I will nominate you and try to get everyone here to vote for you.

I don't think they had one this year. (its usually in the Spring) maybe they have given up on it or maybe it was just the pandemic. but I will let you know if I hear about it. They may have given up on the "sexiest" part of the contest. they may have finally figured out that it wasn't PC . they are going to call it the Annual Compassion contest from here on in. they did have additional contests for kids and teachers this year.
 
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The other day I read that the guy who played Peter Parker in Sam Raimi's (The Evil Dead 1981) Spider-Man trilogy is vegan. Dunno if that's true or not, but pretty cool anyways. Tobey Maguire was the actors name, I think.
 
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