Please, Jenna Dewan Tatum, stick to ethical veganism
LA Times interviewed Jenna Dewan Tatum, and vegans everywhere were excited to add her to the list of vegans to reference in future “but you can be like” conversations. Seriously, this article was shared a ton. The actress and animal sanctuary owner is incredibly into veganism, but predictably uses this interview opportunity to support reducetarianism and to discuss how hard it is for some people to give up meat.
It all starts well when she says; “It’s a huge one-for-three action. There aren’t many things in life that let you affect the world so profoundly with just one decision.” The three she’s referring to is helping animals, the planet, and ourselves (though not necessarily in that order). She’s quick to encourage veganism in citing ethical reasoning, and we wish the interview stopped there. Instead, she gets the opportunity to say it doesn’t work for everyone (namely, hubby Channing and their daughter). Then, it goes off the rails into a discussion of perfectionism and journeys.
I think Jenna can be a huge asset to team vegan, and I’m not just talking about having someone to represent us on the dance floor. With slaughterhouses as motivation for her to go vegan at an early age, and what’s clearly an understanding of the necessity for veganism, we wish she felt empowered to encourage others that it’s not only easily doable, but crucial. Were she to advocate unwaveringly for the morality of freeing animals only, maybe Channing would even clue-in. We just can’t imagine raising a non-vegan as a vegan, either.
Jenna, use your star power to remind people that animals cannot be commodified, but make sure that’s the position you believe whole-heartedly first. We don’t need anymore confusion or contradictions from role models.