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What’s Jack White’s beef with vegans?

Jack White

Jack White

I was excited to see Jack White of the White Stripes‘ side project Dead Weather perform in Prospect Park’s Bandshell the other night. But I walked out scratching my head about a couple of things. First, what was the point of the three dead animal heads that his roadie dragged out on stage right before the band came on? Seriously, I know he’s a rock star with Michigan roots but I didn’t take that to mean he was anything like that other one.

Then, as I was bumping around a dark Port-O-Potty during the set, I heard Jack say “I bet you read Brooklyn Vegan too. Any other vegans in the crowd out there? Come on stage and we’ll kill a cow together.” And then it sounded like he mentioned something about bringing an Amish person on stage (again, I was temporarily confined in a small, stinky potty at the time). He continued on to say something about people eating only “salmon and avocado,” which seemed to upset him so he blurted out “get the fuck out of here.”

OK, so a couple of issues: What was the Amish thing about? And since when did vegans eat salmon? (Avocado, well yes, obviously). And finally, WHAT THE FUCK IS YOUR PROBLEM JACK WHITE? What did I (or any other vegans in the audience for that matter) do exactly–other than purchase a ticket (with Ticketmaster fees, mind you) and support the Bandshell?

Perhaps he was pandering to the lowest common denominator in the crowd–the frat boys. They were definitely there and aren’t they normally down for some violence-against-animals humor? Har!

Maybe Jack’s got conflicted feelings about the animal heads with which he shares the stage. Kinda like those people who profess their love of meat and then confess to their vegan friends that the blood actually grosses them out. Yeah, like them.

Meanwhile, at another recent Prospect Park show (which I didn’t attend) the band The National dedicated their song “The Geese of Beverly Road” to the slain geese of Prospect Park as reported by Brooklyn Vegan. Though BV’s writer pointed out that the gesture wasn’t made with complete sincerity as the band’s singer Matt Berninger also mentioned that he likes to know he’s safer flying out of La Guardia. Woah boy, if he truly buys into the over-hyped fear of geese hitting planes–an excuse used by officials eager to cull geese populations–then perhaps he should rethink his decision to make a living as a traveling musician.

Just a thought…from a Brooklyn vegan.


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    Jack has a HUGE taxidermic animal collection. He probably has at least 100. Pretty sure he doesn’t kill them.

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    I’m sure he was just fucking with Alison (which he does alot). She’s a vegan.

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    Yeah, he was joking with Alison.

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    Anyone who looks like Wormtongue from Lord of the Rings is in no position to be criticizing other people?s diets.

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    I wouldn’t take it too personally. It’s most likely that Jack was messing around with Alison, who is a self-proclaimed “chain-smoking vegan”. He jokes about a lot, but the only people he seems to genuinely want to offend are hipsters and any Republicans who want to put Ronald Reagan on a $50 bill (which, by the way, is just one more reason as to why Jack White is fucking rocks!).

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    This is a joke, right? Some drunken plebeian wanders around aimlessly amongst the cooler-than-thou and has a big enough ego to think Jack White is talking to her?

    Get over yourself and your seitan!

    Seems to be too many vegans have a chip on their shoulders. Relax, bite into a curry tofu sandwich with hummus, and enjoy life for once, will ya?

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    That’s what someone at the show said, that Jack was fucking with Alison. I didn’t know she was “vegan” though…the fur coats I’ve seen her wearing in band photos threw me off ;)
    Oh, and could Sanctimonious_Hipster get anymore classist with the plebeian comment? If I am indeed a plebeian, than I’m calling for a secessio plebis immediately. Any other plebs care to join me?

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    Here’s some words of advice, Sweetie:

    Not everything is literal.

    Apparently, understanding subtlety is not one of your strong suits.

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    Sweetie? That’s just rude.

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    Wait, you’re taking it too literally and not understanding the carefully crafted subtlety showcased above ;)

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    Anne, now you get it! :-)

    Seems someone above doesn’t like Southern manners . . .

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    Whuuuut?! I love the White Stripes–perhaps no more? What on earth were those animal heads about? He sounds like he’s totally lost it. As a transplanted vegan I say Jack White can go [bleep] himself. Go back to Detroit.