Hello again, fellow vegans (and non-vegans who should be vegans). Ricky Gervais has been recently showing up in my social media feeds, blasting a young woman who kills giraffes and other animals for fun. Makes sense, right? I mean, killing animals for no reason at all is definitely a moral wrong, and we vegans need to call non-vegans out for their non-vegan behaviour.
Except…Mr. Gervais is not, himself, a vegan.
So who the hell is he to criticize and condemn the actions of another non-vegan? Doesn’t that make him, uh, well…a hypocrite?
YES! Yes, it most certainly does.
And for all of you who are going to start arguing that Mr. Gervais is somehow “transitioning” to veganism, let me say this: YOU ARE WRONG.
The transition to veganism BEGINS with the decision to be vegan; it does not end there. Then, once that decision is made, you start to live your life as vegan as possible, enhancing your knowledge of veganism each and every day by reading and learning so that finally you have eliminated animal use from your life to the greatest extent possible. While veganism is not about perfection, it IS about doing the best we can, and the best we can does NOT include using animals because it’s fun, or because they taste good or because it’s convenient. That is not the best we can do.
So how in the hell can anyone say Mr. Gervais is “transitioning” to veganism? He’s never indicated any such thing or made any such pledge! He’s not trying at all. In fact, he says he eats meat so long as it’s “humane” meat (there is no such thing, but you already know that).
So, no, Mr. Gervais does not care about animals. If he did, he’d understand why it’s not only wrong to kill a giraffe for fun, but it’s also wrong to eat animals because they taste good and you just can’t be bothered to make a simple change.
So please, for the love of all things tasty and vegan, stop holding this guy up as some kind of hero we should all aspire to be. He’s not—not even close. He is exactly the same as those people who are outraged when a cat or dog is abused but then turn around and munch a steak for dinner. This is not moral consistency—it is moral hypocrisy, and it demonstrates very confused thinking. There is no moral difference between someone who picks up a gun and kills a giraffe and someone who pays someone to slaughter an animal. Psychological difference, yes; moral difference—not at all.
Mr. Gervais is a hypocrite. He’s not some vegan hero. So please, just stop talking about this guy as though he is.