Please excuse us as we peel our hands from our foreheads in response to Gordon Ramsay's face-palm-inducing "joke."
The celebrity chef and host of Hell's Kitchen posted a comment on Twitter recently stating he was a member of "people eating tasty animals," and PETA is, as one would imagine, pretty peeved by the comment.
I’m a member of PETA ! People eating tasty animals...... https://t.co/t9xCuVWDtq— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) February 2, 2018
The tweet was a response to a question from Twitter use @yungqueer asking Ramsay to comment on her vegan lasagna.
how does my vegan lasagna look pic.twitter.com/sonis2E52I— ray (@yungqueer) February 2, 2018
Of the more than 1,000 comments on the tweet, the one that stood out most was PETA's.
Oh, dear, Gordon. Weve heard that old line before. While youre spending time mocking the future #vegan were betting you one day become, most chefs are exploring healthy, animal- & environment-friendly #PlantBased dishes.— PETA (@peta) February 2, 2018
"Oh, dear, Gordon," the tweet begins. "We've heard that old line before. While you're spending time mocking the future #vegan we're betting you one day become, most chefs are exploring healthy, animal- & environment-friendly #PlantBased dishes."
The animal rights organization, who's well-known acronym stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, then followed up their tweet with a Paul McCartney quote.
A real "hell's kitchen" is full of corpses & secretions from artificially inseminated, castrated, & routinely abused animals. As Paul McCartney said, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be #vegetarian."— PETA (@peta) February 2, 2018
"A real 'hell's kitchen' is full of corpses & secretions from artificially inseminated, castrated, & routinely abused animals," the PETA tweet reads. "As Paul McCartney said, ‘If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be #vegetarian.'"
It didn't end there. Twitter user @atlink555 chimed in, calling PETA's tweet "flawed logic," to which PETA responded explaining why the organization is so "critical of the egg industry."
We are critical of the egg industry because there are companies claiming to be "free range" and "cage free" that still abuse chickens. You have no way to know that the eggs you eat are humane unless you collect them yourself. Please read more here: https://t.co/qx0OaoI1iW— PETA (@peta) February 2, 2018
This sparked quite the debate on Twitter between vegans and non-vegans.
Vegan is the future, more young people than ever before it’s healthier, good for the planet and even better for the animals— josephine (@josephinebolt) February 3, 2018
you can never beat a steak. humans lived and evolved on meat. not grass— dan (@RealAxelphim) February 4, 2018
I like vegans that accept ppl for what they are and don’t shove their lifestyle choices down other ppls necks. I respect your choice to be vegan. Now respect my choice to be an omnivore . Thnx . His comment is perfectly valid if you think about it— Petra Kentrop (@lilmissdiffrent) February 2, 2018
This isn't the first time Ramsay made a controversial comment about vegans and the vegan lifestyle. In February 2016, a fan of Ramsay's asked him if he had any food allergies — to which he responded, "Vegans."
Vegans https://t.co/l2YTQkSfTT— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) February 22, 2016
Ramsay has yet to respond directly to PETA's comments — and maybe he shouldn't.