Nikki Reed thinks Vegans are “Extremists” but still wants you to buy her Vegan bags
Nikki Reed isn’t scared of vegans, but she should be scared of their influence on her bag sales.
Since many of the vegan product markets are still limited, it doesn’t take long for a new vegan brand to get everyone and their mother on board. This Cosmopolitan interview with Nikki manages to do the exact opposite, by publicizing her anti-vegan verbal diarrhea just in time to promote her $300 faux leather bags.
In it, she touches upon many of the classic, textbook non-vegan insults. She calls vegans “little armies of extremists that feel like they need to isolate everybody else for not doing what they consider enough or perfection.” I’m surprised she didn’t add that we don’t get an adequate amount of protein.
Amidst her accusations, she tries to make readers think she somehow cares about animals. She proudly boasts her seven year hiatus from meat and dairy, but immediately follows it up with her willingness, nay pride, to wear leather. In defending her use of animals in one way, she completely negates a reason to believe in eliminating the use of animals at all. Yup, I’m being a mean vegan and saying murder is murder.
Nikki really heralds her vegan bag line as existing to help save the planet. From her perspective, “waking up in the morning and deciding to just turn off your water when you’re brushing your teeth and saving those two minutes of water is pretty fucking cool.” That’s the sort of water conservation advice I’d expect from Captain Planet. How about the billions of gallons of water requirements for livestock? How do you feel about 80% of the Amazon deforestation stemming from cattle ranching? Both necessities to make leather. That’s only two of the long lists of ways that animal use, for consumption of all kinds, is hurting our planet. It’s completely absurd to push for sustainability, while setting animal activism back.
Perhaps instead of trying to get into the wallets of vegans, Reed and Freedom Of Animals should try labelling her bags as “plant-based” or “slightly-less-guilt-inducing.” After all, she throws out all of her previous arguments in later saying, “sometimes you just need to start with you. That’s how I started. I realized that making my own food and not using animal products just made me feel good.” Now it’s all about Nikki, not the world, not the animals.
She wraps her theatrics up by saying, “I don’t appreciate the word “vegan.”” Well, this vegan doesn’t appreciate the hijacking of a grassroots movement to help with purse sales. Stop trying to profit off of vegans, and let them spread their message without the harassment of “so called” like minded people.