Dear LiveKindly and PlantBasedNews!
First, let me start by saying that I appreciate what you do. I appreciate it so much that I applied for an internship and a job opening at LK (freelance journalist and full-time writer), and I sent a few articles to PBN (no response from either side but I will assume it’s because you are busy which I understand).
I am writing to you both because we all have one common interest and that is helping the animals. But there is one thing I noticed is lacking in your posts and that is the truth and proper journalism.
Journalists are supposed to be after the truth and facts yet I don’t see this when I read your articles.
My main problem?
You are spreading misinformation and claiming that certain celebrities are vegan when they are not. Please, don’t get me wrong. I know that people slip and some are still transitioning but facts are facts.
What drove me to write this open letter was seeing how you both constantly refer to Zac Efron, Ariana Grande and Chris Hemsworth as vegan celebrities (although PBN refers to Zac as a vegan in this tweet under which I commented, they refer to him as plant-based in this article which is still not correct).
I have the proof and I will show it to you in a second because truth is everything to me. It’s what got me vegan and it’s what got all of you to start these two beautiful websites.
We are all on the same side, I just wish we all made more effort to bring the truth to our readers in an era where news are so easily manipulated and people don’t do research (it appears that was the case in your articles).
Without further ado, here are the proofs that Chris Hemsworth, Ariana Grande and Zac Efron are not vegan or plant-based for that matter.
On August 2, Zac posted this photo on Instagram which doesn’t scream veganism to me. Granted, this was more than 3 months ago but he was already widely known as a new vegan in our community and no one seemed to care that we called him vegan when he only said he ate mostly plant-based. Mostly plant-based is not an actual vegan, it’s not even fully plant-based.
On June 25, Chris Hemsworth went fishing with his kids and again, this was when he was already promoted around popular vegan websites (even yours) as a vegan. All of that just because he ate plant-based while filming Thor which was shot in 2016.
In August, Chris gave an interview for GQ magazine during which he ate a steak (source). This month, his personal trainer, Luke Zocchi, gave the following information about his diet:
He also rode camels:
As for Ariana Grande, back in 2015 when she was caught licking doughnuts and it became a scandal, she was also at the peak of her vegan celebrity. The problem, though, is that the doughnuts were not vegan (source).
This is not written with hate. This is written with the intention to help you become a trustworthy source of information for vegans and vegan-curious.
It took me less than 30 minutes to find this evidence and it’s the basis of journalism – backing up your claims and fact-checking to see if a person still thinks the same as they did 5 years ago, especially when the claim involves not eating animals.
And there is a big difference between eating them and not eating them.
I hope we can become better at spreading facts about veganism and I wish you nothing but love,