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Nikki Reed thinks Vegans are “Extremists” but still wants you to buy her Vegan bags

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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.

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  • Kim Klingler

    I respect the points you’ve brought up in this article and can’t tell you enough of how important I think it is to discuss all these issues in varying forms and thought processes. I think she genuinely means well with her efforts- everyone projects from their own level of conscious evolution- but perhaps “doing what you can” is what’s preventing efforts from becoming more evolved, more impactful. Her bag line is targeted to shoppers who have this kind of cash to throw around, and introducing them to her thought process is warranted and needed AND the fact that it has created a lot of chatter, talk and controversy is GREAT, because it’s enabled conversations of different thought to be had, and conversations – discussing our differences with a common goal in mind is what is exactly needed for us to move forward as a human species. Without that interview you would not have had the opportunity to share your thoughts as laid out in this well written article where so many people would be exposed to it, so… shaming, or damning her is something I hope not to see. Talking openly about the issues or contrasting views is what I hope to see and I hope to see that we all treat each other with respect and don’t resort to childish name calling. This article is fabulous, the points of concern ( not judgement) are fabulous and VERY much needed to help ALL of us grow, and develop the solutions we need as ONE HUMAN family. Congratulations to BOTH, you’ve created phenomenal opportunities for expansion.

  • rayfay

    it’s funny to insult a group that typically has no problem boycotting things.

  • Somer Reed

    It’s interesting that you spend the time to blast Nikki for trying to “do something” when there are 100’s of celebs munching on burgers and partying in their leather laboutin shoes that couldn’t give a damn about your causes. Yet, you treat Nikki exactly how we non-vegans think we’ll be treated in the community – if you aren’t 100% in, you’re shit. Well, I can tell you. Whether you like it or not, Nikki’s more mainstream message hits home to a lot of people and has them thinking of doing things differently to help out. Your article is one of exclusivity and vitriol and I’d rather try to “do something” then keep doing nothing because I can’t be perfect in your eyes.

    • sollaress

      Are you aware that she used to call herself vegan and started this whole diatribe on not needing to be perfect when people caught her not just doing non-vegan stuff but also profiting from it?

  • Hit the nail on the head.

    Oh m goodness thank you for saying this. When I read this I thought she was full of it, just like her husband. Who accepts an award for animal rights wearing snake skin shoes? Her article was full of arrogance and rude remarks. When she came out with this line I knew she was only in it for the money. I felt really conflicted while reading it.

    • sollaress

      …and also promoting animal-tested makeup. Check out some glam interviews where she lists her favorite makeup items. PETA would have a heart attack over the majority of them.

      • Somer Reed

        Again, let’s fault them for every little thing while they are raising awareness of animal rights topics and their foundation is providing money to organizations to improve the lives of animals. Seriously, I laugh at all these comments because we fault imperfect people that are at least doing something. And, say nothing about 100’s who don’t do shit. If this is what being a vegan means, no thanks!

        • sollaress

          Raising awareness of animal rights topics while at the same time raising awareness of how cool it is to use animal-tested cosmetics and buy genuine leather goods. No contradiction at all, sure.

  • Tonia L Carrier

    Rules of being vegan.
    1. Don’t eat animals.
    2. Don’t wear animals.
    3. Don’t use animal products.
    4. Put up with people who don’t have empathy and like to make fun of you for trying to be kind and make a difference in the world we all share.

  • sollaress

    Start with not making money by promoting animal-based industries to the general audience.

  • John Edmundson

    Eva, take ‘finger pointing’ articles, such as this one, to your next meeting with your therapist. Quit attempting to discourage others by sharing such narrow thinking via Ecorazzi. You seem to ‘need’ veganism to be a tiny cult. Suggestion – shift your thinking away from your needs & onto what benefits animals.

  • CAS

    Below is a screen shot from the Cosmo article. I think it sums up very clearly how I feel about your response. Backlash and hate because her lifestyle isn’t the same as yours. We are all different. Sexes, religions, opinions, etc. I’m so tired of labels. You don’t agree or like what she said and thats your opinion. You know the old saying….opinions are like assholes we all have one. But I’m so tired of the hate. It’s the same as it was for Cecil the Lion. If you weren’t vegan you could be outraged at his senseless killing. I don’t have children either. Does that it mean I can’t be upset when they are abused or killed? I’m catholic. Does that mean I can’t care or love a baptist, a Jew, or a Muslim? I’m not gay does that mean I can’t beielve they deserve love and happiness and the same rights as me? I would rather people do something than nothing. We are so consumed with labels. So here are mine. I’m single, childless, catholic, republican, heterosexual, intelligent, beautiful, resilient, confident, loving, charismatic, happy, loyal, reliable….I could go on and on. Which of my labels matter more?!? The first few or all the others. How I live, love, and treat people should be what matters. But then again. It’s just my opinion and we all know we all have one.

    • Morgan Yates

      You clearly don’t know a thing about what veganism is truly about do you? Eating meat is more than just a personal choice. Since when does sex, religion, race, opinions cause billions of animals to die a year for their meat? It’s 150 billion animals that are slaughtered for their meat, milk, and skin by the way, you can look it up if you don’t believe me. Being vegan is more than just having an opinion. It’s about being a voice for the voiceless, which is the animals. Animals in factory farms, which is where over 90% of our meat comes from in America, are tortured and beaten to death. They are bred just for consumption. Now how cruel is that?? Before even commenting on this post, educate yourself on what veganism is about and why people feel so strongly about it. The meat industry is an extremely cruel industry. WAKE UP.

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