Yes, I watched your video and yes I’m going to talk about it.
I admit, I saw the title and I felt dread. Oh God, what is she going to say? What more bad-press for veganism is going to be drummed up this week? Then, I watched and... my lord, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Why? Because you use nearly every argument that a meat-eater should never use in a debate against veganism.
And not because they're “rude” or “offensive”, but because they make you look really ignorant. And a little psychopathic. There are genuinely thought-provoking anti-vegan arguments out there, trust me, I've heard them.
There are none in here.
When people act the way you do in this video, (which I know is just for views and attention) pretending to have zero compassion, you look, yeah, a bit psychopathic. I believe, Nicole, that you do have feelings, you do have compassion, and if you were watching a dog getting beaten to death in the street, I think you would do something. Or… feel something.
Let me explain. You begin the video by making animal noises of “the most delicious animals”.
Great start. I can tell this is going to be full of intellectually complex, scientific, logic-driven discussion. Here’s a
reality check: most vegans (and I say “most” because I would never, unlike you, attempt to speak for an entire, complex collective of people), do NOT make the argument that meat isn’t tasty. Of course meat is fucking tasty. We aren’t aliens without taste-buds. We just happen to think that there are more important things (and quickly realise vegan food is fucking amazing). Like the future of the planet? Like the value of life being more important than a moment of pleasure? Maybe the most delicious food in the world is actually baby hearts… dipped in your best friend’s fresh tears. You aren’t going to start having that for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day ‘cause ‘it’s your right’. Are you? Delicious doesn't equal right. Fuck that shit.
Your next point is one of my personal FAVOURITES. “I eat meat because I’m an animal too and they would all eat us if we weren't eating them".
Here’s a fun head scratcher for you – humans are meant to be smarter, more evolved, more forward thinking, more intellectual than other animals. Right? That’s what makes us better, that’s what makes us humans and not lions or tigers or cows or pigs or giraffes or snails or bees.
I don’t know if you’ve heard about this thing of protecting the weak and not taking advantage of weaker beings just because we can? It's kind of a thing, yes a relatively new thing, I grant you. The reason veganism is growing by the day, is because more and more people are realising this. They are thinking that we shouldn’t just kill and beat and enslave living beings just because we can. And, hey, lightbulb – NO OTHER ANIMALS DO THAT.
Other animals do not enslave their food and fatten it up with hormones and force it to grow at twice the rate it's meant to naturally and only eat its breasts covered in barbecue sauce and throw away the rest.
You get me? You get what I’m saying? I'm trying very hard to stay calm and not play into any "angry vegan" stereotype. But the truth is Nicole, you have made it hard. Very hard. Even worse – I know that’s what you want! You want me to get angry and write this post and get you more attention. The only reason I am bending to your will, is because we need intelligent, logical vegan voices out there undoing the damage your video will do.
Do you not understand that we are in a desperate time? (Obviously not) That our planet is dying? That tens of billions of animals are being slaughtered every year so humans can have KFC and discounted chicken thighs and jam donuts and chocolate milkshakes and sushi and fucking Starbucks lattes? These opinions you splurge out of your attractive gob are doing SO much damage. Because they are WRONG. If you want to keep eating meat – fine, go for it, but do NOT, do NOT spread these lies and ignorant ideas of what vegans are like or what they represent.
There are annoying people in every group, I know. There are annoying vegans who go around pushing their opinions on others and I hate them way more than you do. They are a detriment to an important cause and I hate that. But do not paint us all with the same brush. Do not. Just as I am not going to go around saying that all blondes with great boobs are attention seeking. Or, that all meat-eaters are as uninformed as you just made them out to be.
My meat-eating friends would HATE this video. You make all meat eaters sound like they disrespect vegans and find them annoying. I can tell you, AS a vegan, my meat-eating friends love that I’m vegan. They respect it and understand it. It broadens their culinary horizons; they come over for dinner and we have intellectual, intelligent debates. There really are genuine arguments against veganism – like, hens in the backyards, what does a vegan world look like, etc, and you do not raise a SINGLE one of them. Not a single intelligent point.
What were your points again?
- Vegans are annoying
This is quite interesting coming from you - Nicole Arbour. One of the most universally annoying and disliked personalities on the internet. I do not want to speak badly of anyone and I'm trying to use my words carefully, but this is a fact. I honestly believe that a hate-video from you is the biggest endorsement vegans could ask for. If Nicole Arbour is anti-vegan – stick me in the vegan camp please.
- Vegans insist on looking in kitchens to make sure their food hasn’t touched an animal product
This is just pure wank.
- Vegans say they’re vegan before they tell you their name
- Vegans think they’re superior
I'm sure some assholes do. Ignore them. Some men think they’re superior to women. Ignore them too.
- You have sharp teeth so should eat meat
Just – open a science book. Please. Here is just one article you can read "Humans are Meathooked, but Not Designed for Meat Eating".
- Vegans shouldn’t act proud of being vegan
I disagree with this. You know why? Because I am proud that I was able to question what I was told my entire life. Since birth I was told that eating meat was normal, healthy and expected. It’s hard to go against the grain. It’s hard to question your parents, your friends, your very existence. Anyone who CHANGES THEIR MIND and changes their life for the better should be proud. Anyone.
You do some kind of weird back-track at the end, along the lines of: “eat whatever you want, just don’t be annoying” which is confusing. It suggests you don’t really believe any of the anti-vegan crap you've said and are just saying "don't be annoying". (Alongside gaining views and controversy)
I know there are annoying vegans out there and I’m sorry. I really am. To anyone who has had a shitty conversation with a vegan, felt judged by a vegan for eating lunch, felt attached for doing what you’ve done your whole life, I’m truly sorry. That isn’t cool and should never happen. Most cool, normal, nice, logical people out there, who just happen to be vegan, would not subscribe to this behaviour. At all.
Veganism is NOT my religion. It’s a damn important movement that is trying to make the world a better place, with no factory farms, less unnecessary death, less methane gas destroying our world and better health for all those people out there who are eating bacon for breakfast, chicken for lunch and steak for dinner. There is a middle ground people – and it’s us all getting along, some vegan, some veggie, some meat-eaters, but less animal cruelty. An end to factory farming. A sustainable way forward that doesn’t rape our planet.
I could literally go all day on this, I have to stop. That will do. My fingers hurt.
As a final word - please don't paint all vegans this way. Just as we should not say that all muslims are terrorists, all feminists hate men or all atheists hate religion. It's just wrong and ignorant to paint a massive collective of people with one brush.
I'm not stupid. I understand that Nicole calls herself a 'comedian' and any day now will release some shitty press statement that one of her best friends is vegan and she doesn't hate all vegans, blah blah. But it's not about that. This isn't about YOU, Nicole. It's about creating a world that UNDERSTANDS why veganism matters. Why animals matter. Why the circle of life (which ironically, a lot of meat-eaters use in argument) matters.
We are trying to save the damn world. Even Miley Cyrus gets it!
As you can see I'm intentionally not linking to the video. You can find it if you so wish.....