Another celebrity boards the vegan bandwagon. However, according to the article in GQ, The Real-Life Diet of JaVale McGee, Vegan, there remains the question of vegan sincerity.

Veganism isn’t a diet. Our plant-based fare is the beneficial consequence of our struggle, the abolition of animal slavery, torture, and exploitation. Full stop.

JaVale admits, “It wasn’t for the moral aspect back then.”

Veganism is the moral aspect. McGee’s choice of words “back then” is ambiguous leaving doubt beyond anything more than self-compassion.

But then he says, “…I’ve been fully vegan for about five to six months now since the season started, and probably a month before.”

Fully?

Despite JaVale’s affirmation, GQ asks, “Is the moral aspect a reason you decided to go full vegan this time?” [Emphasis mine]

“When I do things, I just fully commit to it. I feel like there is no point in half-assing. I just do it, and if I don’t like it, I just stop doing it. It’s been good. I was losing weight and getting more cut, as you can see, and I just felt really good.”

He felt good, physically. Naturally, due to a plant-based diet.

And indeed, there exist, at the very least, latent assurances by forswearing the traumatized flesh and excrements of tortured sentients. But still, I wonder, does JaVale harbor animal sympathies in his commitment to a plant-based diet? He had with no tact no less dodged the question of morality.

Perhaps McGee’s unspoken motives are now of an ethical vegan. One cannot ascertain from the article. I invite him to respond. Fat chance, right? But like many swell-headed sports idols and Hollywood darlings waving the vegan flag with no regard for animal rights as they parade about in fur, feather, and leather do little more than depreciate the value of veganism. This fixation on themselves further stalls the already uncertain future of animal liberation when not a word is spoken on their behalf.

What we see I’m afraid is the not so gradual usurpation of veganism coming to mean diet and self-concern by an influentially privileged class of narcissists.

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  1. Well at least the word “Vegan” enters the vocabulary of McGee’s fan base, I’m imagining McGee on the cover of a tabloid at the checkout line. Shoppers are placing animal-sourced purchases onto the conveyor belt, waiting while the shoppers in front get their purchases stuffed into dozens of T-shirt plastic bags. The shoppers glance at JaVale’s face on People Magazine. They see the word “Vegan” as they shove stretch-wrapped styrofoam tubs against the plastic order-separator, a tub on top leaks red fluid onto the groceries below. They see the word “Vegan” next to a celebrity they know. They tell family and friends about the leaking tub incident and recall a subliminal word…or not.

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    1. I do admit there is a good that comes from this. For one, the reduction of animal parts purchased by not only McGee but too those intoxicated by idol worship, hence assimilation. And there are the unknown ramifications. My concern of it all is that the compassionate foundation of veganism is left crumbled beneath the dietary anxiety for one’s self. Not that it is wrong to adopt a plant-based diet for purposes of health and fitness, it most certainly is not.

      It’s too much to assume from the article, but it almost reads like JaVale may have been embarrassed to admit a moral position.

      Thank you, Bill, for the very likely scenario.

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  2. “…it almost reads like JaVale may have been embarrassed to admit a moral position.”
    I got the feeling that McKee feared a potential walk of shame before friends, family and fans had he shown a moral position. As Vegan I kept looking for the slightest hint of compassion for the animals as I read the interview, it seems to me that he clearly fears embarrassment.

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      1. “Fiers acknowledged that the documentary that prompted his conversion is “one-sided” (it’s been criticized by some nutritionists for cherry-picking data) but said there was other information out there that supported a vegan diet.”
        I haven’t been able to discover the one-sided documentary, so now I wonder what side it told.
        Still, it’s good to hear about any celebrity who has chosen the way of the Vegan.
        For what it’s worth I feel much better and have far more stamina that I ever experienced as “vegetarian.” -)

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  3. The checkout person at my local grocery said to me ‘Hey! The guy working in the deli is trying out vegan for a while!’ Of course, I was excited to hear that, but took the time to distinguish ‘plant-based diet’ and ‘vegan.’ One doesn’t simply try out compassion for all living creatures. It is either in your heart not to be cruel to others in every aspect of your life — or not.

    Vegan is easy to be (or so) once you take the focus off YOURSELF. Feeling physically good about the switch is merely an unintended consequence of a deeper quest for our place within a complex Nature.

    Not to generalize, but many celebrities want the focus to be on themselves; it’s their brand. We are, after all, very self-serving beings at our core.

    I do hope that celebrity makes Vegan a fad, if nothing more than to bring awareness to the forefront. crossing fingers

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    1. Hi Shannon, Absolutely right and well said, “One doesn’t simply try out compassion for all living creatures.” And excellent, you taking the time to explain the difference between plant-based and vegan.

      I too found nothing difficult about becoming vegan, only wish I had done it sooner. Something we all say, I think.

      Thank you for the comment, and well-wishes to all.

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  4. Several celebrities try following a plant based diet to lose weight and thereby completely miss the point of a vegan ethical lifestyle in its totality. They are really only thinking of themselves and the adoration they will get from fans. There was even a situation when Beyonce arrived at a vegan restaurant wearing a fur coat during her “22 day vegan diet”
    (sigh).

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