I Cannot Separate the Art From the Artist When the Artist Is a Vegan
“Separating the art from the artist” is a nonstop debate. Can we enjoy someone’s art if we know they are (or were) evil in real life?
Can we hate Mel Gibson for being an anti-Semite but still enjoy his anti-Semitic film The Passion of the Christ?
Even though Kevin Spacey was a grown man who tried to bang 15-year-olds, can we still enjoy his performance in American Beauty where he plays a grown man trying to bang a 15-year-old?
There’s nothing more disappointing than when one of your heroes lets you down. As a stand-up comic, too many of my heroes have ended up doing monstrous things. Like Bill Cosby, Louis CK, and Eddie Murphy when he made Norbit.
But it doesn’t stop with the funnymen; it’s just as prevalent in music. There are a lot of talented musicians who have done disgusting things. Like R. Kelly, Chris Brown, and Yung Joc for letting his song “It’s Goin’ Down” be used in Norbit. (Sorry, I just really hate Norbit).
Recently, I was reading an old RZA interview. I love(d) RZA, one of the best producers to ever sit at a soundboard and an integral thread in the fabric of the Wu-Tang Clan. But about halfway through the article, I stumbled upon an earth-shattering factoid that may very well scandalize RZA to the point of no return.
RZA is… a vegan.
It turns out that C.R.E.A.M. doesn’t stand for “Cash Rules Everything About Me,” it stands for “Carnivores Really Eatin All the McDonalds.” This bastard was hiding in plain sight.
If it wasn’t obvious already, I’m not a fan of vegans. One day I want to open up my own vegan restaurant; a restaurant where you can eat vegans. Cannibalism is bad, but cannibals aren’t as bad as vegans. At least cannibals mind their own business. Jeffrey Dahmer never lectured people or forced them to watch Netflix documentaries about the meat industry. He was respectful.
Because of this, I can no longer listen to RZA’s work in good conscience. I can’t listen to a Wu-Tang beat without thinking about all the innocent meat-eaters that RZA has lectured. I can’t support that behavior. I have to sleep at night.
I frantically did more research to see if I was supporting any other Vartists™️ (vegan artists), and the results were staggering. You may wanna sit down for this.
Below you will find a short list of some vegan musicians. I recommend not reading any further if you don’t want to lose one of your favorite artists. There are some things you just can’t un-know.
Yes, you read that right. André from OutKast was, for a period of time, a goddamn vegan. I feel so betrayed. Is this what he was apologizing to Ms. Jackson for? “So Fresh, So Clean”? More like “So Pretentious, So Clean.”
Common is the reigning king of conscious rap. Every time he speaks it sound likes a poem. You could listen to Common order a latte at Starbucks and it would still sound like a spoken word interlude about childhood poverty. But unfortunately, this legendary Chicago MC has been a monster in disguise the whole time. Sickening.
When I heard YG scream those beautiful words (“Fuck Donald Trump”), I knew he was an artist with integrity. But I was wrong. While I still agree with YG’s views on Spray-Tan Hitler, I strongly disagree with his dietary restrictions. Disappointing.
Waka Flocka Flame
Waka Flocka enjoyed plenty of success in the early 2010s, but he was hiding some skeletons in his closet. Some gluten-free, soy milk-based, overly expensive, kale-flavored skeletons.
Back in 2015, Hov went on a 22-day vegan cleanse. While I know this doesn’t make him a full-time vegan, I still don’t know if I can listen to his albums again without feeling guilty. It turns out The Blueprint was just a blueprint for a lifestyle without burgers or ice cream. Heartbreaking.
Flo Rida’s most popular song contains a hook about a hot chick wearing “boots with the fur.” You’re against animal cruelty but you’re attracted to women who wear fur? Make up your fuckin’ mind, Flo.
Usher experimented with being a vegan back in 2012. He was also reportedly accused of knowingly giving herpes to multiple women. Does a vegan diet negatively affect the part of your brain that controls empathy, and therefore makes you more likely to do something selfish and gross like knowingly spreading an incurable STD? I don’t have all the facts but it seems pretty plausible to me.
Technically, A$AP is a vegetarian. But, as all our parents told us, vegetarianism is the gateway to veganism. One minute you just don’t eat chicken strips, but then you’re knocking milkshakes out of peoples hands and sending them HuffPo articles about how cows have feelings.
He SAYS he’s a vegan, but for obvious reasons, I find this very hard to believe.
And the list goes on and on.
There are tons of musicians who don’t eat meat: Erykah Badu, Adele, Ariana Grande, J. Lo, Justin Timberlake, even Paul goddamn McCartney. And Stevie Wonder doesn’t eat meat, but there’s a good chance he’s done so by accident.
It’s uncomfortable when you realize your favorite celebrities are problematic, but you can’t hide from the truth. We need to boycott all these scumbags and stop enabling them.
I can not separate the art from the artist when the artist is a vegan.
Correction: In a previous version of this article, André 3000 was listed as a current vegan, but as it turns out, he is back on the meat after 15 years away.
Originally published at djbooth.net on August 27, 2018.