Why You Should Unfollow 'The Vegan Revolution'
Within every activist community, there’s bound to be a few bad apples, but some of those bad apples are mealier than others. The Vegan Revolution is a semi-anonymous vegan internet “celebrity,” with 50,000 followers on Twitter, eight thousand supporters on Facebook, his own Youtube channel, and a Podcast. While it’s abundantly clear that this is one bored asshole operating with the added commentary of a few of his friends, he’s been incorrectly and irresponsibly identified by sources such as Eater as being an “independent, highly outspoken group” operating out of the UK. Let’s not get confused here- this is no advocacy group, and to call him one is plain silly.
Today, he went on a vile and racist rant via his twitter account that was peppered with slurs against black folks. Aph Ko, of Aphor-ism and Black Vegans Rock broke the news on her Facebook page. Beginning with “Racist black non vegan: ‘veganism is a white people problem’ N*gger please, oppressing slaves out of greed is everyfuckinkbody’s problem,” and right afterwards, lamented the fact that “people find a word like n*gger- a WORD- to be more offensive than eating corpses of slaughtered beings.” His grand finale? “I’ve lynched less negroes than you’ve had hot non-vegan dinners.”
How’s that for a self-made spokesperson of our community? This isn’t the first time he’s been in hot water, as back in April, he railed against the popularity of the Black Lives Matter movement. The vegan community is not going to be immune to racism, just like any other group of activists, and we have a responsibility to stop providing people like The Vegan Revolution with a space to spout garbage. Unfollow him, stop promoting him, and recognize him for who he is: a very bored individual who is actively harming animals by making otherwise open minded folks shy away from a vegan lifestyle. Engaging in hate speech is a surefire way to keep the vegan population small, and The Vegan Revolution is killing animals by painting our community in this kind of light.
I had a chance to engage with Aph Ko herself, who has made it her mission to paint a much more realistic picture of what the vegan movement looks like. “Black vegans and animal rights activists have been around forever, we’re just not spotlighted in the mainstream circuit,” she told me, and her statement was reflected in the backlash against The Vegan Revolution as vegans of all races called him out for his rhetoric.
If you’re lucky like me, he might just block you on Twitter instead of telling you to “go choke,” but the opportunity is in front of the vegan movement to remove the rot that harms our movement. Let’s do this thing.