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.