Jared Leto Uses The Joker To Show Us He’s Not Really Vegan
Jared Leto is quick to mention veganism when interviewed, but is another clear example of why I wish people who abstained from eating animal products would adopt the “plant-based” titled instead.
The musician and actor currently known for his upcoming portrayal of the Joker in Suicide Squad did some very non-vegan things while filming. According to co-star Viola Davis, the on-screen villain wanted to feel more evil in real life, delivering a dead pig to cast mates.
“He had a henchman who would come into the rehearsal room, and the henchman came in with a dead pig and plopped it on the table, and then he walked out. And that was our introduction into Jared Leto,” Davis said in an interview with ‘Women in Hollywood.’ The actor followed up this brutish act by gifting co-star Margot Robbie, Harley Quinn on screen, a rat in a box.
I completely understand an actor’s desire to get in to character to bring a great performance to a roll, but were Jared to really be vegan, these two unnecessary injustices to animals would not be an option. Using a dead pig and a live rat for shock value or entertainment, and in this case to let people know he’s taking a fictional character seriously, is no different from deciding to eat that same pig, or test cosmetics on that rat. Hiding behind the Joker doesn’t excuse the real and appalling choices Jared made.
I hope that people are able to see that pranks involving animals are still animal use, and that to be vegan means rejecting all forms of use.