Miley Quits Veganism - Does Celebrity Culture Hinder Veganism? | Viva! - The Vegan Charity
Miley Quits Veganism - Does Celebrity Culture Hinder Veganism?

With Miley Cyrus publicly announcing she has quit veganism, could it be that celebrity culture hinders the vegan movement more than it helps it?

Miley Cyrus is the latest celebrity to step down from the vegan movement.

 

According to Cyrus, she had to incorporate fish into her diet because her brain wasn’t functioning properly. Well, she is half right. If she wasn’t getting her omega 3s through either algae supplements (where the fish themselves get it from) or a balanced vegan diet, her brain health would have been suffering. But, it takes just a few minutes of googling to find out that an algae oil supplement or regular intake of certain nuts and seeds (especially walnuts and flaxseeds) would have provided her with far healthier sources of omega 3 than fish.

 

Since Cyrus’ announcement, my social media feed has been full of vegans expressing their disappointment in such a high profile vegan giving up. The tabloids have been jumping on the bandwagon with snarky comments about malnutrition, and even my friendship group (where vegans are very much the minority) are discussing how it was bound to happen if you ‘restrict your diet so much.’

 

And this right here is the problem. The spotlight has turned away from the victims - the animals trapped in horrific farms before they’re shipped off to a brutal death - to one extremely privileged person who couldn’t be bothered to do their research.

 

Committed animal activists have continued to stand on high streets showing people factory farm footage, having difficult conversations, educating their friends and family on vegan alternatives and fighting for a better world. But thanks to our toxic attitude towards celebrities, Miley’s decision to eat fish is the story that’s stolen the headlines. Society is slowly moving closer to understanding that eating animals is inherently wrong, but all that work is undone when we allow ourselves to put people on pedestals and take their word as gospel.

 

The vegan movement is about ending animal oppression. But when we allow some humans to have more importance than others, how can we ever expect people to value human and non-human animals equally?

 

Celebrities sell their lifestyle as their brand, but veganism is so much more than this. It’s time we stop glorifying those that stand in the spotlight and focus on those trapped in the dark, barren sheds instead.

 

To help us continue our unrelenting work for the animals, become a Viva! member here.

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter

Another day, another vegan company!

Another day, another vegan company!

Will Sorflaten |15/09/2020
We are continuing to see a rise in vegan companies and products as demand for vegan products soars.
Government's U-Turn To Kill Over 70,000 Badgers

Government's U-Turn To Kill Over 70,000 Badgers

Will Sorflaten |11/09/2020
The Government has made a U-Turn and decided to continue culling badgers instead of vaccinating them in an attempt to reduce bovine TB. This ineffective, costly and cruel U-Turn will result in over 70,000 killed badgers.
Miley Quits Veganism - Does Celebrity Culture Hinder Veganism?

Miley Quits Veganism - Does Celebrity Culture Hinder Veganism?

Louisa Kendal |07/09/2020
With Miley Cyrus publicly announcing she has quit veganism, could it be that celebrity culture hinders the vegan movement more than it helps it?
Flat House Farm

Red Tractor ‘appalled’ by barbaric conditions found on Leicestershire mega pig unit

Monday, August 24, 2020

Viva! Campaigns’ undercover investigators expose shocking conditions at a Red Tractor approved farm

Read more
September 2020: Viva! Vegan Podcast
#47 September’s podcast features all the news and updates from Viva! – including a special focus on the latest undercover investigation into Flat House Farm in Leicestershire, with an interview with campaigns manager, Lex Rigby. Hosted by Helen Wilson. FIND OUT MORE - Awards news and...
Investigation: Flat House Farm

Investigation: Flat House Farm

Red Tractor 'appalled' by barbaric conditions exposed in our latest undercover investigation into British pig farming. Take action now.
Juliet Gellatley Wins P.E.A Award

Juliet Gellatley Wins P.E.A Award

Louisa Kendal |14/08/2020
Juliet Gellatley, our Founder and Director, has won a prestigious award commemorating Viva!’s achievements over the past 25 years and celebrating Juliet’s incredible work for animal rights...