Earlier this week, Gawker named Freelee, the Raw Fit Bitch, “the worst person on the Internet.” And while that is perhaps a little harsh (have you seen the abuse-apologists on this article?), this video that she posted is definitely on the most offensive end of the militant vegan spectrum.
Here’s the video, for your viewing pleasure. Yikes.
Sigh. There are a lot of kind, non-obtrusive, genuinely concerned-for-the-earth vegans out there…but you’d never know it, if all you ever saw of vegans was videos like this. I think this is why the vast majority of people still think that vegans are kale-swaddled, spelt-eating nutjobs. Which they’re not.
But here’s the thing–I agree that an unhealthy lifestyle does impact other people (because obesity-related illness is very expensive for taxpayers), and that the consumption of meat does negatively impact the environment (because it does), but the offensive and insensitive comments in this video are enough to negate anything even remotely positive that might be parsed from it. And, in doing so, offensive and insensitive enough to turn off anyone who was even close to being on the fence about whether or not vegans are truly insane. There are kinder, less fat-shaming, hurtful ways to explain that nutrition is important, that commercial meat growing practices aren’t sustainable, and that the way we eat impacts our health.
PETA is already doing its best to make vegetarians and vegans seem like crazy people (remember the OJ Simpson “Meat is Murder” museum they want to make? How about the vegan porn star boyfriend weirdness?), and it’s not doing the movement toward smarter, more sustainable eating any favors. When folks who eat meat see veganism as difficult, unattainable, and something that’s only adopted by those who somehow link obesity to 9/11 (ugh), they’re more likely to reject all healthy dietary suggestions, and instead, turn toward the extreme. Which isn’t helpful.
Freelee’s raw, vegan recipes and information could be helpful for those just looking to make a subtle change–maybe one or two vegan meals a week, or even just less dairy or meat–but after viewing this video, I have a feeling people will have a hard time taking any of her information seriously.