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Common confirms the fishy rumors about his diet

Filed under: Celebrities Stupid

Hip hop celebrity Common confirmed rumors that he no longer vegan (or vegetarian, for that matter)in an interview that posted today in student paper, The University Daily Kansan.

Yeah, I eat fish, man. I needed some protein. I’ve been eating fish for like two years now, two and a half years. It’s great too. I’m glad to be eating it. It was tough being vegan. I salute all vegans and vegetarians.

Normally, I really don’t care what’s on a celebrity’s plate, but Common’s fall from grace hits a nerve that can’t be calmed by his salute to my veganism. Common always took an opportunity to publicize his veganism and share a message of love for animals, the planet, and our bodies. (Partly) inspired by Common’s activism, for one precious month of my life, I toured the country handing out PETA2 flyers with this dude’s beautiful face on them, encouraging enthusiastic, young concert goers to go vegan. Now that I do the math, he started eating fish less than a year after this.

I feel betrayed– which is ridiculous and makes me even more pissed off. Common isn’t the first awesome Black vegan celebrity to fall off the wagon, and he won’t be the last. Common was a great advocate for veganism, but perhaps our movement needs to stop investing so much emotion and energy into pimping out our ideas via celebrities, who are, after all, just regular, fallible people like us common folk.

15 Comments

  1. Comment by

    Ligo

    on #

    This is really unfortunate. However, I’m just happy that he’s not continuing to call himself a vegetarian. Because I think we all know that there are waaaay too many people out there who eat fish and chicken and still dare to call themselves vegetarian, claiming that fish and poultry aren’t “meat.” But meat doesn’t mean “red meat,” it means animals. You’re not a vegetarian if you’re eating animals. Period.

  2. Comment by

    elainevigneault

    on #

    I like your take that celebrities are fallible, that we all make mistakes. But his mistake wasn’t just falling off the veggie-wagon, his mistake was also in using the poor excuse “I needed some protein” as if there’s no protein in tofu, quinoa, beans, soy milk, or other vegan foods.

  3. Comment by

    animalfriendly

    on #

    perhaps our movement needs to stop investing so much emotion and energy into pimping out our ideas via celebrities

    Bingo.

  4. Comment by

    kmudrick

    on #

    Wonder if it is around the same time that he became a Lincoln Navigator spokesperson. Sigh.

  5. Comment by

    Nightowl

    on #

    Ugh, this SUCKS!! I really loved Common, I always thought he was so cool. And yes, the protein comment is beyond stupid. I would respect him more if he just said “I like eating meat, so that’s why I eat it. No excuses.” And we do depend too heavily on celebs. And there’s no need to. Veganism is cool enough on its own.

  6. Comment by

    directorspence

    on #

    Comment by Nightowl:
    Ugh, this SUCKS!! I really loved Common, I always thought he was so cool. And yes, the protein comment is beyond stupid. I would respect him more if he just said “I like eating meat, so that’s why I eat it. No excuses.”

    My comment was going to be verbatim. Lame.

  7. Comment by

    organicgoddess

    on #

    Perhaps you shouldn’t have added the silly link to the other “black vegan celebrity to fall off the wagon”. Since this isn’t April 1, many new folks might not realize that the linked post was last year’s April Fool’s gag.

  8. Comment by

    directorspence

    on #

    My comment was going to be verbatim. Lame.

    I meant lame as in this news topic. Not that I was going to post the same thing. Just clarifying.

  9. Comment by

    Olivia Lane

    on #

    organicgoddess, thanks for looking out for me (I think that’s how you meant it), but I really couldn’t care less if people read the “silly link” and don’t interpret it as a gag. What does it mean if people who don’t know me think I abandoned veganism? I guess that’s what that April 1, 2007 article explored and what Common’s outing of himself as an omnivore is causing us to explore.

    As an aside, I think it’s funny that no one has yet to call me on referring to myself as an “awesome Black vegan celebrity.” I mean, c’mon!

  10. Comment by

    Jason Das

    on #

    Isa’s black.

  11. Comment by

    Laura Leslie

    on #

    I think you’re an awesome Black vegan celebrity, Livi. :)

    (Cool, I’m friends with a celebrity now!)

  12. Comment by

    IsaChandra

    on #

    As an aside, I think it’s funny that no one has yet to call me on referring to myself as an “awesome Black vegan celebrity.”

    WTF? Livi isn’t black?

  13. Comment by

    ajkochanowicz

    on #

    Ooooooh, what a let down. Common, shame on you.

    You need protein? I’m off to make sure you’re not on the wikipedia list of vegans you sell-out.

  14. Comment by

    darky_vegan1

    on #

    Damn, I don’t know Common too well and am not a fan but thats not the point and seroiusly, this sucks…I hate when so-called Vegans do that!!!

  15. Comment by

    Daniel

    on #

    This is a very informative article, keep the great blogs coming!

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