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Sunday, March 14, 2010

"With Friends Like These..."

Yesterday author Lierre Keith (of "The Vegetarian Myth", which I'm currently reading) was attacked by three masked cowards, with a cream pie laced with cayenne pepper, who then shouted "GO VEGAN". By her account she's still in pain today. This is an ideologically driven hate crime, and I suspect misogynistic motivations as well (myself and others have spelled out why the fanatic vegan movement has huge racist and sexist undertones). It was an exercise in dominating-male violence over a woman.

Lierre is a middle aged woman with a degenerative disease. The attackers were reportedly young men. In no way was it a "fair fight". To add insult to injury (literally), the pepper in the pie is an honest-to-goodness chemical weapon. Pepper spray, even the strength used by police for crowd control, is the same active compound as that put in the pie. This causes injury that can't be taken lightly. Pie-ing is usually a political statement made against CEOs and politicians; they don't receive capsicum pies, but a fellow environmentalist gets a legitimate attack on her safety!? It's the bullshit of chauvinistic males attacking someone they deemed lower than them on the violence hierarchy; she was perceived as an easy target, in part because she's a woman.

Of course, dogmatic vegans aren't actually interested in the environment, or justice, just their identity politics. Even at the expense of potentially driving further rifts into the already tenuous radical environmental movement, apparently.

Call out cowardly zealots committing ideologically-driven assaults as the criminals they are! Ostracize them, if not more! Say no to "Horizontal hostility"! Especially you vegan allies!

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At March 14, 2010 at 11:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Dan. It's important to me that we deal with this. Dumb divides hurt us all. Lierre's book, which I'm rereading, is gentle and careful and sincere. And for this she gets capsicum in her eyes and an assault to her already fragile spine? --diana

At March 15, 2010 at 12:07 AM , Blogger 29,000 Acorns said...


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At March 15, 2010 at 4:32 AM , Anonymous Coleus said...

This is incredibly shameful. I call on all to reject and denounce these psychopath thugs.

I shall keep Lierre in my thoughts. Hope she bounces back with a vengeance.

At March 15, 2010 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous Lierre Keith said...

Thank you for the public support. It means everything to me.

My eyes are a lot better today--the blurriness is gone. The bad news that I have an ear infection--the gunk that they slammed into my head got into my left ear and it's now infected. I don't even know what to say about a group of people who can cheer while someone is being hurt and humiliated in front of them.

Thanks for kind wishes. It helps to know that the world has real people in it, not just sadists and socipaths.

At March 15, 2010 at 12:14 PM , Blogger 29,000 Acorns said...

You are most certainly welcome. I'm so sorry to hear about your ear, but I guess that just proves more how much soy is bad for you.

There are a handful of us real people out there. I just fear we're outnumbered. Eep.

At May 29, 2010 at 4:04 PM , Blogger christinemm said...

Speechless over the pie incident. I was going to say something nasty about the assaulters but then I'd be spreading yet more negativity...

At May 29, 2010 at 8:51 PM , Blogger 29,000 Acorns said...

If negativity is what is appropriate, by all means be negative!

The controlling, sociopathic motherfuckers who attacked Lierre don't deserve any better.


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