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We all get those dumb "but what do you even eat" questions about veganism and have had people tell us we're going to die from nutritional deficiencies. What are some of the weirder/stupider questions or comments you've gotten, or ones that stuck with you?

I am often reminded of the time when a friend's (extremely dumb) ex-boyfriend was bewildered when I said I didn't eat fish. I said that I don't eat animals and that seemed to confuse him further. He spent the next 10 minutes angrily telling me that fish are NOT animals. I was mildly amused at first but of course it quickly became annoying. I googled some basic animal kingdom diagrams for kids and showed them to him but he accused me of making it up. Yes, I control google results!

Eventually he explained his reasoning - most fish are small, therfore can't be animals. He forgot about the large ones.

"Mice are small," I said, "are they animals?"

"No, they're NOT because they don't drink milk!"

"Did you mean fish aren't mammals?"

"NO THEY ARE NOT ANIMALS!"

We left it at that.

I'd love to hear your fun stories!

We all get those dumb "but what do you even eat" questions about veganism and have had people tell us we're going to die from nutritional deficiencies. What are some of the weirder/stupider questions or comments you've gotten, or ones that stuck with you? I am often reminded of the time when a friend's (extremely dumb) ex-boyfriend was bewildered when I said I didn't eat fish. I said that I don't eat animals and that seemed to confuse him further. He spent the next 10 minutes angrily telling me that fish are NOT animals. I was mildly amused at first but of course it quickly became annoying. I googled some basic animal kingdom diagrams for kids and showed them to him but he accused me of making it up. Yes, I control google results! Eventually he explained his reasoning - most fish are small, therfore can't be animals. He forgot about the large ones. "Mice are small," I said, "are they animals?" "No, they're NOT because they don't drink milk!" "Did you mean fish aren't mammals?" "NO THEY ARE NOT ANIMALS!" We left it at that. I'd love to hear your fun stories!

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[–] MadameOvary 5 points (+5|-0)

If we didn't kill cows they would overpopulate the planet.

Classic! They hear we kill billions of them and think that they must be breeding by themselves.

The one that happens the most often for me is that people mix up being vegan and being gluten-free. People are shocked that I eat bread and pasta. Several times when I have asked at a restaurant whether a dish is vegan I have been told that it has gluten as if that's relevant.

[–] MadameOvary 3 points (+3|-0)

This happens often! Confusion around lactose-free and vegan I could just about understand, but gluten is just so random!

Omfg the stupidity. I've heard this one before too and my response is always "well if fish arent animals what are they? Are they vegetables? Are they fruits? Are they bread? Are they plants?" Usually this has them realizing how stupid they are.

Fish are not swimming vegetables!

I know this one is isn't very juicy but I hear this all the time and it grinds my gears.. when people see me eat french fries they seem to always say "oil isnt vegan!" I think people seem to default think oil = animal fat ?? I always ask "what kind of oil are you consuming? Olive? Canola? Corn? Which of those are animals?"

Omg that is so stupid! There's literally pictures of sunflowers and corn cobs on oil bottles! People have literally no idea what they're eating.

And lol yep, we had that discussion too. He said they obviously weren't vegetables and what a stupid suggestion that was, they're just fish!

He said they obviously weren't vegetables and what a stupid suggestion that was, they're just fish!

I'm facepalming so fucking hard. These are the type of people who forget humans are animals.