Hillary Clinton and Stephen Colbert chirp vegans when chatting about Bill’s diet
The Hill shared a recent clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, in which Colbert had a chance to get some laughs with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Shot in the famous Carnegie Deli, the conversation immediately began with probing questions about her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and his vegan diet.
“I know that former President Clinton, your husband, is a vegan,” Colbert instigated. “Is he going to give you any grief on this, any friction, for eating meat?” After she responded with a short “no,” he continues, “He’s not a smug vegan?” “He’s really not,” Clinton professed.
“I think that legally makes him not a vegan,” Colbert joked, before launching in to his best impression of Bill criticizing meat-eaters: “He never says, like, ‘That sandwich had a face. That sandwich is somebody’s little baby.’ ” “He doesn’t say that,” the former first lady said. “He’s a very open-minded vegan.”
And so, the stereotype that vegans are smug, aggressive, and would condemn anyone who eats meat continue, and the backwards idea that vegans are close-minded is enforced. But remember when we said Bill Clinton should stop calling himself a vegan? This is the sort of thing we were hinting at. His choice to remove some animal products from his diet, for his health, does not make him a role model for a movement formed in ethics, or the people that are active in it. Now, it’s leading to further confusion for the general public about what it means to be vegan.
The clip continues with Colbert talking about the Clinton’s grandkids and whether or not Bill would only give them kale chips. Hillary is proud to say that “he doesn’t [eat ice cream] but I don’t think he’d deprive his grandchild of that.” Again, the stereotype is that all vegans eat nothing but kale, and that feeding kids vegan is somehow cruel. While it’s important to have a good humour about ourselves, the consistent mocking of vegans that is rooted in what people think vegans are like is tiresome.
Still, the theatrics were no doubt a distraction from the fact that this interview had virtually no political agenda, and was just a chance to for voters to see a “fun” side to Hillary. With twice as many down-votes on this Youtube video than up, people might make a link between disliking Hillary and disliking played out vegan jokes.