Guest Post: Anchorman 2 cast and celebrity guests largely veto veganism at U.S. premiere »
News anchor Ron Burgundy wasn’t the only legend standing strong at Sunday night’s star-studded step-and-repeat. Also the longstanding “legend,” or, perhaps more accurately, longstanding myth, that we need meat for protein proved alive and well on the comedian-clad red carpet. Pervasive as ever, even the rich, famous and funny are by and large out of touch when it comes to science, sentience and, maybe most compelling to the celebrity set, sexiness.
It’s somewhat disheartening to witness Hollywood so woefully behind the times. With that said, despite persistent prejudices against veganism, a few folks in attendance admitted to having tried a plant-based diet in the past, or offered to give it a go in the future. Others were a little … lost.
Given the global buzz surrounding Jay-Z’s and Beyoncé’s 22-day foray into vegan eating — thanks to nutrition coach Marco Borges — I used this high-profile nutrition news as an excuse to get premiere-goers talking. Some weren’t aware of the power couple’s compassionate challenge, but at least my mentioning it got the gears turning, if only for a moment.
One thing’s for sure, based on star Will Ferrell’s response to one reporter’s query about how he spends time in his trailer, this dude’s nowhere near eschewing meat, dairy and eggs. Said the actor, “You know how those trailers have, like, full kitchens? Little ovens and stuff like that? I’m the only one who uses my oven. I cook fantastic lunches for the cast in my trailer. A lot of chicken pot pies, lasagna. That’s how I relax. I cook in my trailer.”
To this, filmmaker Adam McKay added, “He did a crazy amount of cooking. He had a hotplate in there. He was constantly making tortellini; he was deep-frying calamari. There was constant smoke and smells coming out of his trailer. It was very odd. He put on, easily, 35 pounds during this movie. We had to hospitalize him at one point. It was a major problem.” (I’m going to venture to guess some, if not all, of this is fabricated for entertainment’s sake. Needless to say, both he and Will had all media within earshot laughing.)
Among those in attendance for the film’s debut at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Sunday night were Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Edward Norton, James Marsden, Jeremy Piven, Brooke Shields, Bobby Moynihan, Billy Magnussen, and more.
Without further ado, responses from a few glittering industry icons to the following question: “As you’ve likely heard, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are right now rocking a plant-based diet, until at least Christmas. Would you ever experiment with veganism? Say for three weeks?”
I’ve done that! I’ve cut my meat down to a couple times a month. But then, if I don’t eat meat, I just eat a lot of pizza and gain weight. It’s a hard one. I haven’t pulled it off yet.
No. I have no interest. I did it when I was a kid. It was cheap. It’s very affordable. I was eating lentils, rice, vegetables. It got to the point where I got tired of it. It’s like I’m at a buffet and I keep switching. I juice in the morning! That’s enough of that [healthy] stuff all day.
I would love to! Vegan food can be very good. But, when I lived in New York, I’d see the vegans. They looked kind of gray. [I’m vegan!] Are you? Well, you look great. I belong to Actors and Others for Animals, and PETA, and Farm Sanctuary, and I appreciate not eating meat, but I just like it. You know, it’s the circle of nature.
Well, it depends what you mean by “plant.” I think I am on a plant-based diet, if you count cows and chickens that eat plants. No? Then I’m not on a plant-based diet. That seems really extreme. I think I need some protein. [There’s protein in plants!] No, there’s not. [I’m a living vegan. I’m fine.] You have to eat, like, peanuts. I dunno. I wouldn’t do it. Taco Bell has no meat in it; I guess I could still eat that. Yeah. I would consider it.
My husband and I actually started! We haven’t gone all the way plant-based, because I’ll never give up chicken. It just won’t happen. But, we have been leaning a lot more toward that in the last month and a half, and it’s made a big difference: physically how I feel, physically in my stomach, in my skin, in my nails. I just feel a lot better. It’s hard for me with cheese; I’m such a cheese and sauce girl. But, I’ve pretty much given up beef. Turkey’s going. We’re trying to give up dairy. Eggs? Not so hard to give up. Forks Over Knives got us started.
Haley Joel Osment
For a role, I would. But, I’m too much of an embarrassing foodie to ever give it up voluntarily. I know it’s possible. There’s lot of options. It’s a lot better now than in the ’90s. My dad was always really into health foods and that was a struggle back then. Now there are actually chefs doing it on a big scale. I will eat vegan food, but also other things.
No, I didn’t know! Vegan? Oh, no. No, no, dear. No, no, no. That would never … I did try to have that green juice a couple of times, but I ate, too. I had it with food. And you do feel better, with the ginger and the rest of it, but there’s no way on god’s green earth I could do anything vegan or juice completely, and not eat regular food. Twinkies, juicing? Best thing ever.
Oh yeah! Forks Over Knives!
No! I love meat. I would eat a seal. I don’t care. I’d eat anything. I’d eat Jay-Z and Beyoncé. I’d eat everything. I don’t care. No, I care about animals, but I don’t know if I could do the vegan thing. I’d do a trial run. If Beyoncé agrees to add more hooks to her new album, I’ll agree to do the vegan thing.
Nell Alk is a writer and editor based in New York City. If something vegan is happening in the world, she is on it.
Hey, Davey Havok, how’ve you been? Looking much sharper than 15 years ago when my brother first started playing your EPs, I must say. Nice to see you’re still living the vegan lifestyle!
Usually we don’t post every one of the 80 billion celebrity Peta ads because most celebrity Peta ads are fameballs looking to build their brand by taking off their clothes (like they’d ever spend money on a fur that they could spend on new glamour shots at a pumpkin patch, ahem), but little Davey Havok here has been vegan (and straightedge) for a long time, and he’s got a vegan clothing line called Zu Boutique whose website redirects to the site for his new book, Pop Kids, which you could win a copy of through peta2. The point is, he lives his truth or whatever, and I feel like we’d be doing the Vegansaurus readership a disservice not posting video of a handsome vegan man with a cat, so, here you go. Vegans 4ever.
Justin Timberlake on SNL is a dancing block of tofu promoting veganism?! It’s CRAZY because veganism isn’t the complete butt of the joke—we’re just PART of the butt of the joke! PROGRESS.
It’s nuts to see vegans portrayed as not total assholes on network TV — are we in the twilight zone? Is there a gremlin on the wing of the plane? What is happening?! And the fact that the sketch ended on a positive note about veganism—I don’t know; that was very dope. I’m not super sure how hilarious it was—was it hilarious??—but it was pretty fucking awesome for the animals. BRING IT DOWN TO VEGANVILLE.
(Sarah E. Brown—there’s even a spirulina reference!!)
Maggie Q poses for PETA, talks serious veg business »
Quoth Ms. Maggie Q in the Huffington Post:
There’s no way to look at the meat industry today and say, “There’s no environmental impact.” Animals grown for food pollute our air, our soil, our water, our streams, our oceans. And these are United Nations statistics; these are not statistics from PETA or animal rights groups. The United Nations four or five years ago put out a study that said the meat industry, meat-eating, growing meat for food is the No. 1 killer of our planet—not No. 2 or No. 3: No 1. You know what’s No. 2? Transportation. Everyone thinks that No. 1 is transportation, and goes out and buys a hybrid car. Screw the hybrid cars. Don’t eat hamburgers. If you don’t eat a hamburger, your carbon footprint is so much less than driving a hybrid car, I can’t even tell you.
She doesn’t call herself vegan, but she doesn’t talk like she consumes any animal products, and she loves VegNews (all the good people love VegNews, duh), and this interview she gave to HuffPo following her new PETA ad is pretty great. Vegansaurus doesn’t have a lot of love for PETA [Except Megan! -Megan], but we do appreciate a smart, ridiculously beautiful woman advocating a veg diet using feelings and dispassionate facts. You win this round, Maggie Q and your international torso.
[Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!]
Tomorrow: Toronto Veggie Pride Parade 2011! »
Make way for the vegetable-loving Canucks, y’all!
Saturday, June 4 is Toronto’s second annual Veggie Pride Parade! Following in New York and Los Angeles' kale-fueled footsteps, this year's event promises to be a much bigger spectacle than 2010’s inaugural parade, featuring inspiring speakers and presentations, super-delicious vegan goodies, and a huge boogie-down dance party with booty-shaking animal mascots! With aspirations to become the world’s biggest and most diverse Veggie Pride Parade, organizers have extended their invitations to “veg-curious” guys and gals.
It’s sure to be an entertaining, eclectic crowd, including Capoeira players, roller derby chicks, veterinarians and vegan athletes. Canadian television personality Kimberly Carroll is serving as host and spokesperson for the big day. So if you’re visiting Toronto this weekend, or are lucky enough to live there full time, don’t miss out! Join the party at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, June 4. The crowd will gather at Asquith Avenue (Yonge & Bloor, next to the Toronto Reference Library) and end at the Eaton Centre, right in the heart of the city. Click here for more details and to check out last year’s event.
[parade image via Al x hybridus on Flickr]