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Ben Stiller Talks Coming Out As Vegan To His Parents

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While promoting his new movie “The Watch” on Friday’s Conan, Ben Stiller explained how he was able to perform action-heavy sequences without a stunt double: his conversion to veganism.

Stiller discussed his recent dietary changes, which include giving up coffee as well as animal-based foods. He also mentioned the hardships that can accompany the lifestyle. “I wanted to have ribs,” he told O’Brien, “but I had kale chips.”

Yet the greatest challenge for Stiller was telling his parents. “I had to tell my parents I was a vegan, I came out to them,” he said to much laughter. “They were a little bit confused at first, but now they’re supportive.”

Stiller isn’t quite a full vegan. He has yet to give up fish, but with other meat, dairy and eggs out of his diet he is almost there.

Watch his hilarious take on veganism below:

via Vegetarian Star

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  • Karina Usach

    Ben Stiller is not vegan. He even said himself he still eats some fish.

  • Wait until he finds out about riblets. All these new celbs converting to veganism have no clue of what sorts of foods are out there, there is a vegan version for 99 percent of foods out there.
    Please cut out the fish Stiller, you don’t need it!

  • Jeff

    I don’t think he’ll stay vegan. It’s probably just a fad for him. I’ve been vegan 3 years and don’t miss a single animal product. Not one.

    • Mimi

      Did you read the article? He is not VEGAN.

  • Aubs

    Yet to give up fish? He never implied that he wanted to stop eating fish. Pretending that a famous person is vegan when he clearly isn’t is really dishonest journalism.

  • Daniel

    Not a full

    vegan? Then he’s not

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  • Lyn

    Guys who cares, as long as he doesn’t eat meat WHO THE FUCK CARES! Go Ben, you rule!

    • AshleyannNews

      RIght on!! God I can’t stand the self-righteousness of some of these commenters. He’s doing WAY MORE than the masses on a daily basis. It’s the start of his journey. ABSOLUTELY no different than the start of my own when I first awakened to the cruelty. I don’t eat meat, fish, eggs, or cow milk and I still don’t call myself vegan. GO BEN GO!!! YOU ARE TAKING THE FIRST STEP IN YOUR JOURNEY AND IT WILL ONLY GROW FROM THERE.

  • Steve

    Um… if he eats fish, he isn’t vegan. He’s not even vegetarian.

  • veganamericanprincess

    Very cute clip! Major move to plant-based diet. My hats off to Ben Stiller, despite his decision to still eat fish. http://veganamericanprincess.com

  • Alexa

    Why would you post this? He says he’s not Vegan because he eats fish. Also, he thinks Veganism is only about what he eats; that it says nothing about the other aspects of Veganism, such as giving up leather/wool/silk, forsaking circuses, etc.

  • Guess

    LOL this dude is my twin LOL

  • Alyson

    He clearly states that he doesn’t like to be called vegan and that in retrospect he is more along the lines of a
    pescetarian …but that he is also embracing the idea of getting away from cow based products (such as cheese, etc) chill out people…you should be happy for anyone who is even attempting to make small steps in the right direction.

    • I’d agree with you if he was more complimentary, but he is so anti-veganism for the sake of being ‘funny’ that he does more harm than good.

  • vegjoyce

    This is really a huge shame the way Ben Stiller chose to discuss veganism to a huge mainstream audience, plus it is completely inaccurate as there are tons and tons of delicious vegan foods and meals that are as flavorful, filling and fatty as the types of foods he says he misses. (umm can we say NYC’s Blossom’s mouthwatering awesome vegan bacon cheeseburger? and hundreds of other vegan comfort foods? What the heck is he talking about a hummus “burger” with nut cheese and acting like that is all there is? (not that hummus and nut cheese aren’t delicious as well)). To present vegan foods of 2012 as only kale and hummus is absurd and misinformed. He, and Conan, another uninformed party, turned a great opportunity to help tortured animals into one that actually harms them. Yes it is great Stiller himself is eating less animals and less animal products but it is bad how he presented those actions to an audience who otherwise may have learned something compassionate and doable and been inspired to try veganism. Dear Ecorazzi, he is not vegan or vegetarian so I am surprised you are calling him that in your title. (But I still love you 🙂 ).

    • Lovapanda

      obviously they are not trying to promote or educate anyone about anything. it was just something funny to talk about, so they did. they are comedians, not animal rights advocates. might be a little bit much to expect advocacy from comedians. my hat is off to ben stiller for eating less and less animal products!

  • Lovapanda

    vegans are so funny. so are “not really vegans”.

  • Arg, what a terrible representative of the deliciousness of the vegan diet. Just don’t talk about it if you are going to thoroughly dis it and have no concept of how great it is.

  • Claudia

    I think we should get off our high-horses. No he’s not a “proper” vegan and he admitted that himself, but let’s applaud him for what he HAS done and give him credit for what he HAS given up instead of criticising him and saying it’s not enough. Sometimes people do it step by step, you have to start somewhere, he may find his desire to eat fish starts to fade in time so let’s give him a chance! It is counter-productive to be so elitist – all of us hardcore, 100% “proper” vegans aren’t able to reach the millions of people that Ben Stiller can, and, personally, I believe being able to cite an A list celebrity as an “almost vegan” is another great boost to the vegan movement. If one person decides to stop eating meat and dairy because of it, even if they carry on eating fish, lives have still been saved – and isn’t that what we all want? It’s obvious they are making fun of vegan foods for humorous intent and yes it’s a little tiring and annoying that they joke about stereotypes such as nut cheese but he didn’t say “vegan food is so gross I can’t stand to eat it” or “I tried being vegan but the food was so boring I gave up” – he’s sticking with it, kale chips and all, so well done and good luck is what I say.

  • High Raw Vegan

    While I admire his “attempt” at veganism, he’s not even considered a vegetarian while continuing to eat fish. Giving up a majority of animal products is the step in the right direction and saving animals is sexy in my book!

  • KennyB

    A vegan is someone who believes in the nonexploitation of nonhumans. It extends FAR beyond diet. Stiller is merely on a mostly plant-based diet, or if you want to label him, he’s a pescetarian (fish-eater).

  • VeganDave

    Fish are the smallest animals commonly killed and eaten, they suffer and
    die in the greatest numbers BY FAR! Giving up fish needs to be the
    FIRST thing people do on the path towards veganism! Still, always good when veganism [as a topic, not the Stiller is vegan] gets talked about and more mainstream.

    Great fact sheet on not eating fish: http://afa-online.org/docs/WhatsFishyAboutSeafood.pdf

  • Mimi

    Why does everyone keep saying he’s vegan, he is not even vegetarian, so lame.

  • Missy

    This is so horrible!

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