Ariana Grande, a young Nickelodeon star and pop singer will be in V Magazine‘s spring music issue. The magazine will show her looking adorable in black and white and will have an interview. How exciting for Ariana Grande fans. I’m sure tweens love V Magazine.
In the interview (E! got an exclusive sneak peek), it seems like Grande is deliberately trying to come across as stand offish and tough, like 20-year-old people are wont to do. So, she talked about her vegan diet. Some manage to talk about their food choices and veganism in a way that doesn’t make other people roll their eyes; they talk about how a plant based diet makes them feel on a personal level, rather than acting as though their nutritional choices make them superior to meat and dairy eaters. Other vegans, like Grande, decide to go on the attack in order to defend their choice to eschew meat.
“In America, almost everybody thinks you need to have meat for protein. Protein, protein, protein! And what’s in dairy? Calcium, calcium, calcium,”
Fair enough, people are way too obsessed with protein and calcium. I totally agree, but then she starts getting weird.
“It’s those kinds of proteins that latch onto the insides of your blood- stream and make it easier for you to have a heart attack.”
Why is a 20-year-old pop star worried about a heart attack? Is she a nutritionist too?
“Look, cows produce milk with nutrients for cows.”
Yeah, and humans produce milk with nutrients for humans. Isn’t it weird that we drink milk from the teet of another mammal? Yes, I’ve written about it before. It’s creepy, but these kinds of statements make people sound like college freshman who took too many bong rips. This is why 20-year-old Nickelodeon stars shouldn’t be talking so broadly about nutrition.
She gets worse:
“Maybe that’s why Americans end up looking like cows!”
Yes, it’s definitely the dairy. Dairy is a reason for obesity in the United States, but not the reason. Not only is this sentence irritating because cow’s milk is consumed and obesity happens outside of America, but comparing fat people or any people to animals is so cruel. It is literally dehumanizing.
“Ultimately, no one wants cow tit pus in their food, do they?”
I think milk is gross too, but I’m not going to speak for everyone. Obviously some people do want cow tit pus in their food? I bet there’s even a cow tit porn fetish subreddit.
It’s easy to be a vegan when you are a young celebrity who is rich and doted on. Those fat cow Americans she’s scoffing at might have a harder life than that of a pampered pop star. There’s nothing wrong with being a vegan or talking about the benefits of that lifestyle, so why couldn’t she talk about her own health and how she feels rather than positioning herself above dairy and meat consumers and a group of straw-man Americans? If I were a vegan, I’d be embarrassed to have Ms. Grande portray veganism in this way. She’s not even talking about the ethical treatment of animals–girlfriend wears leather.
This post made me feel bad for criticizing someone born in 1993, but then I remembered that people who are 20 are the worst on Earth.
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