Well, as a blogger, I'm very opinionated as you all have observed from my posts. But, I don't want to be thought of as a negative nelly who doesn't see the good in anything. So, let's start off with the benefits of the Oprah episode before I rant about why I got annoyed watching it:
- Publicized veganism
- Showed your everyday people losing lots of weight in a week and feeling really good about themselves
- Advertized that you don't starve when you're vegan, and you have many delicious vegan options, more than most people know about
- Kathy Freston is sooo rad
- Showed a slaughterhouse
There you have it, the cool things about the episode.
This part of my post will explain why watching this episode made me roll my eyes every other minute.
Congrats for being one of the most influential people in the world, and for showing us basically impossible ways for average Americans to eat to try and eat right. (Oh, and for having your own section of this post.) I mean in this economy how are working class families going to afford to drive to who knows where to buy super expensive meat and other animal products you can so live without! Must be nice to sit on your high horse (and you looked like it the way your were sitting on the show so arrogantly) and spew that to the Amercian public. The truth is..There is something wrong with eating animals. 99.9% are not treated like the cattle they showed or like the animals you so lovingly care for before you eat them.
I did, however, love the remark he made about the footage,"If you can't watch it, don't eat it." But, that was the one thing that I appreciated from his mouth. In my opinion, Pollen only agrees with himself. Pollen is a wealthy author who isn't exactly easy to relate to about diets. So for him to put his own spin on the perfect diet was super lame and ridiculous.
Way to go, Cargill, for making yourselves look like the nicest people and slaughterhouse ever. And way to go Temple Grandin for designing their wondeful, peaceful place where cows are packed in to be hung upside down and killed. Peaceful.
Obviously, that's sarcasm. This footage really bugged me. Not because it was hard to watch, it was very easy to watch compared to other footage I've seen, like the dairy farms. The catch was was that Cargill wouldn't allow footage to be taken of the actual killing or the bolt being shot into their heads supposedly rendering them brain dead. You didn't see that cow get hung upside down, have it's throat slit and being bled to death. You only saw Lisa Ling's reaction which is certainly not going to change meat eaters, especially after hearing that Lisa Ling continued eating meat after that.
How do you even freaking know those cows are brain dead?! We don't.
We saw a carefully orchestrated show for the public in a very clean slaughterhouse. The vast majority are not so nice and clean with a friendly lady showing you her sparkly house of murder.
Cargill mentioned that they feed their cows corn. Hello! Cows don't eat corn in a natural environment!
"We take a lot of pride in the work we do in the facility."- The general manager of the Cargill slaughterhouse. Yeah. Because you should have a lot of pride in murdering these innocent animals.
Where's the dairy and egg footage?
The whole episode was vegan themed! So why didn't they show dairy and egg footage? Like Kathy Freston said on Oprah, 9 out of the 10 billion animals are chickens and turkeys! And they didn't show the footage there?!
So many people cannot live without cheese, or so they think, so why didn't they show dairy farm footage and hear some clarification on how cows produce so much milk for us to basically breast feed off of?
If I was a vegetarian who saw dairy and egg farm footage, I'd so make the conversion to veganism. And I think many others would, too.
In the end, this episode pissed me off more than anything. Hearing Pollan's annoying remarks, and Cargill's general manager's lies and her wanting to be friends with vegans B.S. was just lame.
That being said, hats off to Kathy Freston for pushing veganism, you go girl! It must be hard to sit there with a pretty smile hearing the other guests say there is nothing wrong with eating animals.
Oprah, just friggin go vegan.