Alicia Silverstone Admits To Occasionally Cheating On Veganism By Eating Cheese, Is This Harmful To "The Cause"?
I'm sure some of you have read the article where Alicia Silverstone admits to occasionally cheating on veganism, and the subsequent blog posts deriding her for doing so. This post from thisdishisvegetarian.com really rubbed me the wrong way.
I'm sure some of you have read the article where Alicia Silverstone admits to occasionally cheating on veganism, and the subsequent blog posts deriding her for doing so.Â This post from thisdishisvegetarian.com really rubbed me the wrong way.
They say that Silverstone's admission is harmful to the cause, however I would argue that viewing veganism as a purity test is way more harmful to "the cause" than Silverstone getting loaded and eating cheese.Â This view that veganism is an all or nothing movement lends credence to silly arguments like the following picture:
There's also an ocean of difference between what Silverstone does, and what a person who says they're vegetarian but says that it's OK for them to eat fish or chicken.Â The latter in fact do hurt "the cause" because they make it OK for people to offer fish or chicken as "vegetarian options".Â On the other hand Silverstone still advocates for a diet and lifestyle completely free of animal products, she doesn't say that eating cheese is OK, she just happens to be a human who makes mistakes.
I'm just one person who writes for a blog, so I'd be much more interested in what you think about the issue, so please discuss this in the comments.Â Do you think veganism is a diet that requires no exceptions ever?Â Or do you think that humans make mistakes and the effort is much more important?