Vegan celebrity: do as I say, not as I eat

cheese and crackers

So, it seems folks are all a-twitter about the recent cheese bomb Alicia Silverstone dropped during an interview with US Weekly.

Alicia Silverstone Admits She ‘Cheats’ Sometimes On Vegan Diet (

The comment section on their page is of course just a sample of the feedback this little admission is getting from folks. As a high-profile celebrity who has supported the healthier living cause, and more specifically the vegan/animal rights cause, Alicia openly admitting to trying cheese at a party seems to be the collision of two things I have touched on in the past:

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“Being flexible that way makes more people comfortable. If I’m rigid about it and I’m perfect, then no one is going to be able to be like me because I’ll be this icey, rigid thing.”

Although I can agree with Alicia to some degree about the importance of being somewhat flexible about one’s stance on diet, animal rights, etc… I have to admit that I feel her celebrity status, and profiting from the vegan identity, places a little more weight on her being a “perfect” person. I know, celebrities are people too, but when those people are fighting or representing causes that are already ridiculed by the media (albeit less and less these days) their actions are all the fodder a tabloid needs to take a bite out of veganism or whatever cause they admit to cheating on every now and then.

So, what do you think? Does everyone deserve a Get Out of Jail Free card when they don the vegan cap or do they lose that privilege once they step out in front of a camera and publicize what’s on their plate?

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