I met John Sakars earlier this year when he was on a leafleting tour in New York with Vegan Outreach. He stayed at my house along with two other amazing animal rights activists for 5 days. For those who don’t know John, he has a strong internet presence with his titillating, controversial, and more often than not, hysterical videos. He has his own brand of activism that may enrage or enlighten, but nonetheless gets the community talking. His heart is always in the right place and John’s the first one to take constructive criticism and make his videos and message better. I was very pleased and delighted that he chose to feature pictures of my food porn in one of his latest videos and songs called “Veganize it!” Enjoy!
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After seeing a couple of horror movies that surprised me by featuring vegetarian protagonists, I was inspired to try to find more. Here is a brief list of what I came up with in my research. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section, as I’m sure I’ve missed some of them.
1. Halloween II (2009) Director Rob Zombie. When I saw this movie in the theater a couple of years back, I was pleasantly amused to see a scene where the main character, Laurie Strode (played by Scout Taylor-Compton) and her best friend, Annie (played by Danielle Harris), taunted Annie’s father (Brad Dourif) for eating meat. The girls even ordered a vegetarian pizza. There are other scenes in the movie as well that have a strong AR message. It should not be too much of a surprise though, considering that director Rob Zombie is an ethical vegetarian himself. Check out this article from ecorazzi about the vegetarian protagonists in H2.
2. Hostel (2005) Director Eli Roth. One of the most memorable scenes of this film for me were between the main character Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and the Dutch businessman (Jan Vlasák), as quoted from IMDB:
Paxton: …you need a fork there chief?
The Dutch Businessman: No. I prefer to use my hands. I believe people have lost their relationship with food. They do not think “this is something that died for me so that I would not go hungry.” I like that connection with something you die for. I appreciate it more.
Paxton: Well I’m a vegetarian.
The Dutch Businessman: I am a meat-eater. It is human nature.
Paxton: Well I’m human and it’s not my nature.
Again, it also should not be too shocking here that the hero of the movie is veg considering director Eli Roth is
also not a vegetarian, but a supporter of PETA. Check out this PETA interview with Eli Roth. ::Swoons::
3. Grace (2009) Director Paul Solet. This is a movie that I personally have not seen yet, but was recommended to me by fellow vegan blogger and Halloween fan extraordinaire, The Spooky Vegan. According to Spooky Vegan, Grace features a vegan mom, Madeline Matheson (Jordan Ladd) whose baby has an insatiable hunger. She notes the movie is very well made, and just checking out the trailer alone gives me the goosebumps. I must add this to my Netflix queue!
4. The X-Files (TV show 1993-2002) Creator Chris Carter, The X-Files (Movie 1998) Director Rob Bowman, & The X-Files: I Want to Believe (Movie 2008) Director Chris Carter. Admittedly, I never really watched the show while it was in its prime on television. I think I may have turned on an episode once when I was living in an apartment by myself (for the first time) and got so spooked, I didn’t watch any more of The X Files for a long, long time. I saw the most recent movie in 2008 in the theater though and wished that I had watched the show on a more regular basis. According to poster Thirsty Johann in a veggieboards forum on 3/15/2005, “There’s one or two screwups by guest-writers, but Mulder & Scully from The X-Files are vegetarians. They don’t mention it specifically during the show, but in one of the novels Scully is vegan, and in one episode she eats vegan ice-cream.” Additionally, The Informed Vegan blogged about animal rights and key episodes of The X-Files that had AR messages on 2/18/11. Digging a little further into this story, I found that actress Gillian Anderson (who played the character of Dana Scully) is vegan, an active member of PETA, and an animal rights activist. Additionally, David Duchovny (who played the character of Fox Mulder) is a former vegetarian, now pescetarian (according to wikipedia).
I have been a long time fan of horror movies and for the past 10 years have been interested in vegetarianism and animal rights. It tickles my brain to see the merging of these two passions on the big screen!
So, grab a bowl of popcorn, sprinkle a little nooch (aka nutritional yeast) or some vegan chocolate chips on top, and settle in for a night of terror! Happy Halloween!
I’ve been on an ardent search lately to find some cool animal rights songs to rock out to as I prepare these vegan meals I’ve been blogging about. There are some interesting top lists from other bloggers and animal advocacy groups out there if you do a search for them.
Here are some of my personal faves lately (not necessarily in this order though):
1. Meat is Murder by The Smiths. While I really didn’t get into The Smiths when they were at their height of fame (I was much more of a Cure fan), lately I’ve been exploring their music more and more. I know that Morrissey can be a tool sometimes, but the power and passion in the lyrics of Meat is Murder is enough to bring a tear to thine eye. If you watch this concert footage from Spain in 1985 (and read the accompanying lyrics as well), it’s hard not to get chills down your spine.
2. Free Me by Goldfinger. Goldfinger has been known for their political activism, particularly with animal rights. They have several great songs to choose from regarding the defense of animals, but this one has permeated my mind the most. Warning: Graphic images. Lyrics can be read here.
3. Be Healthy by Dead Prez. While this song isn’t exactly talking about animal rights per say, it is promoting a healthy vegan diet. It has some catchy and humorous lyrics and has been played over and over and over again in my kitchen. It always puts me in the mood for lentil soup. Highly recommended! Check out a YouTube video that includes the lyrics at the bottom (warning: graphic language towards the end).
4. Nailing Descartes to the Wall/(Liquid) Meat is Still Murder by Propaghandi. Okay, okay, so when all the cool kids were listening to Propaghandi, I probably wasn’t. I was most likely listening to hair bands or depressing pre-emo music. This band is known for their anarchism and veganism and are pretty bad ass. This song is short and sweet, but gets the AR point across. Lyrics can be found here.
5. Ready to Fall by Rise Against. I have to say that I love this band. Every member is vegan, promotes animal rights, and most (except one) are straight-edge. I remember being excited to find this gem on Guitar Hero. I have rocked out on it numerous times in the pretend band in my mind. While the lyrics don’t immediately lend themselves to an AR message, the video they made for this song has a strong AR and environmental message (warning: graphic images).
I knew I was becoming more aware of animal rights and how I felt about animals being put in place for human use when I started to think more in-depth about horse-drawn carriages. When I lived in Philadelphia, I remember seeing rows and rows of horses lined up with buggies waiting for people to ride in them. Often times these beautiful creatures would be out for long periods of time, in hot weather with blinders blocking their view, and with bags behind them to catch their feces. It seems like they were just held captive for our amusement.
It is rare when reading mainstream news articles about major events to find the animal rights’ perspective being entertained, much less being advocated. It was a pure delight for me to stumble upon Robin Raven‘s Yahoo! article about the royal wedding in April which highlighted the “unfortunate use of horses in the big exit.” I didn’t watch any of the royal wedding and had no desire to. However, I was glad this author could get past the royal star gazing to point out the obvious cruelty and outdated practice of horse-drawn carriages.
She wouldn’t be the first to point out this practice as being cruel and unnecessary either. There have been protests and bans against horse-drawn carriages in cities worldwide. One organization that focuses on this issue is Horses Without Carriages International. If this is an issue that resonates with you or you just want to learn more about it, certainly check out their website.
To quote Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”