Singer Claire Boucher (AKA Grimes) is certainly a dog lover and someone concerned about environmental issues. This no doubt plays a part in why many of her veggie-loving fans were shocked by her recent Tumblr post about pausing her veganism for ice cream.
Along with a picture of herself with a carton of the “Anchorman 2″-inspired new Ben & Jerry’s flavor, Scotchy Scotch Scotch, Grimes wrote:
“1 day hiatus from veganism is being had starting NOw.”
Not surprising to anyone who understands how Internet interactions go, a lot of people were mad and some of them left the young singer some rather frank comments, such as (minus expletives):
“…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.’”
Grimes made a lengthy response to all the uproar, defining her personal take on veganism.
“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 *ssholes, and it completely turns people off,” she wrote. “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.”
Grimes also explained that Ben & Jerry’s is “the only” ice cream she enjoys because “their cows are treated ethically” and they incorporate eco-friendly elements to their business. She closed her post with the following:
“[T]his 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.”
What do you think about Grimes’s “brand” of veganism?
Photo credit: Grimes / Tumblr.com