Beyoncé & Ellen prove we shouldn’t get too excited by “vegan” celebrities
When a celeb goes team vegan, it’s easy to get caught up in how exciting it is to have their two million Instagram followers just reading the word ‘vegan.’ But time and time again, we’re let down by people who hijack the movement when they simply eat plant based for a short while.
Today’s cases in point; Beyoncé and Ellen Degeneres. Say it ain’t so!
Our Queen B may rock a kale sweatshirt and push a 22-day vegan meal plan, but news is circling that she’s as much a meat eater as ever. Disregarding that she likely never gave up animal products in her closet or makeup bag, and that she said once that she still eats meat “sometimes,” Munchies shared the news that she personally wracked up a $1,300 bill at a butcher shop during her latest tour. Steak, chicken thighs, and many other obviously non-vegan items were ordered and shared with her team. This wasn’t a one-off, with Caplanky’s deli in Toronto boasting a $3500 (CDN) bill earlier on the Formation tour, too.
On the other side, Ellen has baffled vegans once again. Previously questioned for eating backyard eggs and endorsing a leather shoe line, this pseudo-plant based eater joked about eating fish at the premiere of her fish-centic animated movie, Finding Dory. NZ Herald released that at a press conference, she looked for a laugh when speaking about how she was eating fish in retaliation against film makers before they agreed to the Nemo sequel. She later insisted she rarely eats fish, doesn’t enjoy it, and wouldn’t go for blue tang (Dory’s species). She just keeps swimming…backwards.
So why should we care that never-really-vegan celebrities are being exposed for not being vegan? Well, we should care that they’re adding to the confusion the general public already has around veganism. How many Beyoncé fans thought eating plant-based was enough, and will now think eating meat sometimes is enough, too? How many of Ellen’s followers will call their next fish dinner “Dory” in jest? Neither scenarios help the movement.
You don’t need a celebrity to show you how to go vegan. While some red carpet vegans exist, and are doing what they can to use their influence for change, it seems the majority are setting us back one publicity stunt at a time.