Where does all of this Anti-Veganism come from?
Updated: Mar 16, 2020
A good friend of ours (who has been Vegan for a number of years), said to us last night, "I love where you both are right now. You're still passionate and ready to argue back. Enjoy it, because soon enough you'll just stop bothering. People have so many opinions on what you eat." Shoutout Danny Meehan 💚.
From my own online searches, chats with friends, family etc, here are a few of the most common words associated with Vegans:
Annoying/Pain in the arse
Following a fad
Phew, That is a LOT of negative stereotyping right there, and a lot to compete with. Prejudicial stereotypes are unconsciously stored and activated when a certain trigger is presented. They are reinforced everywhere, from the environment you were brought up in, to the TV shows we watch. The Simpsons, Will Smith's movie Seven Pounds, and Piers Friggin Morgan with his irrational hatred of the Greg's Vegan Sausage Roll (Jokes on you Piers, Greg's sales of the product went up by 13% after that little rant). The media bombards us with images of extremist environmentalists, protesting outside Butchers or in the middle of city centres, harassing shop owners or farmers, and it's downright irritating. Right?
Once upon a time, cigarettes were good for you. Doctors recommended them, & soldiers were encouraged to smoke them😲. This idea is absolutely laughable...NOW.
It's worth bearing in mind that when an idea is marketed so strongly (Got Milk?), there is usually some bugger making a killing off it, and believe me, they don't care about your health.
It really doesn't matter whether you're trying to consume fewer animal products, or have gone completely plant-based, you are still contributing to a better world. So f*ck the stereotypes, and embrace the total weirdness of everyone having an opinion on what you eat... (BuT WheRe Do yOu GeT YoUr pRotiEn fRoM?!).
As Danny also pointed out to us, just ignore it. We all have the power to break a stereotype.