Published Nov 21, 2013Grimes is known for sounding off her on personal views, having previously shared her thoughts on topics like sexism and performing in Russia. Now, she has written a Tumblr post about her personal views on ethical eating and the bad reputation of vegans who are "dogmatic assholes."
Late last night (November 20) she posted a photo of herself on holding a tub of Ben & Jerry's Anchorman 2-themed flavour Scotchy Scotch Scotch, writing, "1 day hiatus from veganism is being had starting NOw."
This prompted someone to respond, "Are you actually fucked? What the fuck is a 'one day hiatus from veganism' mate? A one day hiatus on compassion? Just one day where you're like 'whoops gonna consume something that was stolen from you and your young because HIATUS MAN'…… FUCK YOU."
Grimes then wrote a lengthy response, in which she noted that she doesn't typically identify herself as a vegan because people who practise the lifestyle get a "bad reputation." She observed, "This comment is why no one wants to be vegan."
And while she notes that she loves being a vegan, she practices an "inviting and accepting" form of veganism, in which she eats animal products in certain social situations or if she has a rare craving. Read her full post below:
this is something i was anticipating and have been meaning to address for a long time:
Part of the reason I posted the ben and jerry's thing is because I like to encourage people towards a type of veganism that is inviting and accepting. For the longest time I was vegan but I just wouldn't say I was because of the bad reputation of veganism. most of the vegans i know are dogmatic assholes, and it completely turns people off.
I believe more people would be drawn to having more ethical diets if they didn't feel bullied to do so, or if they felt they were entering a welcoming community.
My brand of veganism is one wherein if your grandparents have no idea what you are talking about then you eat their beef stew rather than upset or confuse them. or if you really want to have cake with an egg in it on the holidays then you have that rather than just not being a vegan because you don't want to give up occasionally having something that you love.
Ben and Jerrys is the only brand of ice cream i ever eat. their cows are treated ethically and beyond that they put a ton of money into researching green hydrocarbon freezers that would use alternative refrigerants which (unlike current freezer gases) do not contribute to global warming. they're also working on a bunch of other initiatives like using completely renewable materials in packaging.
this comment is why no one wants to be vegan. unlike this dude, i would like to fully encourage everyone to be vegan rather than scare them away. I love being vegan. my skin is better, i have more energy, i feel really healthy and i get sick way less than i used too and I'm not contributing to factory farming. that said, I also occasionally enjoy things i used to eat because it makes me feel good and i am less discouraged about not eating those things the rest of the time.