055 Should We Share Content by People We Despise? The Bearded Vegans Co-host

The Princesses team up with The Bearded Vegans to discuss whether we should share good content made by bad (or problematic) people. Things are getting beard at VWPA!  

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Nichole and Callie team up with Andy and Paul from The Bearded Vegans to talk about the ethics of sharing good content by people, or organizations, that do problematic things. Do you share Gary Yourofsky’s “Best Speech Ever” knowing that he’s a hateful misanthrope? Do you share a funny video by PETA, knowing that they fat shame and use women’s bodies to sell veganism? Trickier still is when you know something about someone that isn’t necessarily public – do you pull down an interview, remove a promotional blog post, make it public? It was a great conversation, full of laughs and insightful comments. There’s no easy answers, but there were some parameters established by the end of the show. Favorite moment: when Paul dubbed Gary Yourofsky the “Trump of Veganism”

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    • Another example I’m seeing pop up a lot — farm sanctuaries that don’t promote veganism. How is that even possible? And thank you, I really appreciate the feedback of sliding scale on responding to someone’s post you don’t see eye to eye with — when do you take the time to share what you’ve learned vs letting something go. That was a fun shared podcast!!
        • We had a blast recording this one, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I didn’t even know that there are farm sanctuaries that don’t promote veganism, that blows my mind!!!
    • The TITLE of the podcast topic is definitely something that needs to be talked about. I was only able to listen to a little over half of this podcast. I’m frankly quite puzzled about a few things that were said as well as things that weren’t said (at least within the portion that I heard). For instance peta is in no way vegan due to it consisting of a bunch of serial killers (they even kidnap and murder non-human animals! :'( ), as well as fatphobes, racists, sexists, ableists and pretty much every kind of oppressor – such an organization deserves no praise whatsoever. In terms of Peter Singer, did you know that he is not only no longer vegan and attempts to justify it, but that he feels disabled people should be euthenized? I’m also surprised that you didn’t mention Creepy the banana girl (aka Leann Ratcliffe) and DurianLoser (aka Harley Johnstone), they represent practically every form of oppression. Veganism is for animal rights and no form of oppression – whether speciesism, racism, sexism, fatphobia/diet culture, heteronormativity/homophobia/ biphobia/transphobia, ableism, religious dogma etc. – has any place there nor has anything to do with it. Please know that my intention for the criticism above is meant to be constructive.

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