Nothing RUINS the New Year like New Vegans! Just leave it to a Vegan to bring out a spectacular display of New Vegan FAILS. Why do people go back to eating meat, dairy and eggs after trying veganism?
Nothing RUINS the New Year like New Vegans! Just leave it to “Veganuary” to bring out a spectacular display of New Vegan FAILS. Why do people go back to eating meat, dairy and eggs after trying veganism? Why are there so many Ex-Vegans with horror stories of nutritional deficiencies, cult-like mentalities, and exclusionary tactics? This week’s video takes a humorous look at how quickly people can abandon veganism. Have fun watching some Ex-Vegans in the making in this train wreck of a New Year’s Eve party!
Now, let’s meet the characters…
First we have the host with the most:
The Jockish One, let’s call him Lance
You may recognize him from his previous role in Sh*t People Say to Vegans. Lance is strong and wants you to know it! But deep down, he’s a ladies man, an advocate for equal women’s rights and, naturally, super into women’s wrestling.
He holds deep-seated concerns about getting adequate nutrition for building muscle and maintaining his manliness.
Then we have Daryl AKA: The Meaty One
He is your typical back-woods, home-grown, meat-lovin’ man. He also starred in Shit People Say To Vegans and the mini-skit at the end of Deadly Nutrition: The Real Dietary Killers with Dr. Michael Greger.
Now, meet Stacy, The Girly One
She’s your sweet, cute baby animal-lovin‘, selfie-taking, all american sweet heart. She, too, made appearances in the critically acclaimed comedy Shit People Say to Vegans and invaluable PSA, Deadly Nutrition.
Stacy is pumped to slim down with fresh whole foods, but concerned about packing on the pounds from all that dreaded fruit sugar!
Then there is Nancy, The Nerdish One
Don’t mistake her for a wall flower, this girl has brains and brawn. She also played a gripping role in the comedy/horror short film, How Vegans Ruin Halloween.
She doesn’t get tied up with fleeting emotions, fawning over cute little animals, romanticizing the environment or getting hung up with having perfect washboard abs, she’s all about the facts. And even though the first mention of a vegan lifestyle didn’t interest her in the slightest, she ends up being the one trying to keep the rest of her friends grounded in their resolve to make 2017 the year they go and STAY Vegan.
And lastly, but certainly never least:
The Activist One, we’ll call her Stephanie Jones-White
She is your friendly neighborhood activist here to tell you why you’re offensive and how you should do more to save the world and stuff.
Stephanie J.W is the one who inspired this whole crazy pledge to go vegan in the first place, but then pulls a 180 and takes a stance against veganism, claiming it is too restrictive, and that switching to humane, organic, non-gmo, free-range, grass-fed, local, small, indie farms is the best way to save animals, the world, and not lose your mind while your at it. Let’s see how her arguments hold up.
Now, Enjoy their jocular, witty, but mostly ridiculous banter! Be sure to watch the video at the beginning of the blog post for full ridiculousness. Or don’t…if you’re more the screenplay reader type and continue below for the script!
Read the script
All [except Daryl; Daryl is too busy eating ribs]: Ten…Nine…Eight…Seven…Six…Five…Four…Three…Two…One… Happy New Year![Pan to each character. Showcase Stephanie Jones-White’s (The Activist One) T-shirt that says, “SAVE THE OLD YEAR“]
[Daryl (The Meaty One) downs it all by last second then exclaims in shock]: You’re all murderers! [storms out]
Nancy (The Nerdish One): Well that was…unexpected.
3 HOURS EARLIER…
[general setting, awkward silence]
[Stephanie Jones-White (The Activist One) has “SAVE FREE SPEECH” T-shirt now]
Stacy (The Girlie One): So…thanks for hosting the party. I don’t think I’ve ever seen your place before.
Lance (The Jockish One): Yeah, I don’t entertain much, and don’t usually go all the way out with holiday decorations, but thought I’d challenge myself this year so…. [indicating “ Happy New Year” on whiteboard]
[general forced enthusiasm throughout]
Stacy: Hey you guys. So, I was thinking…what if we did like a group New Years resolution? Wouldn’t that be fun?
[general mumbles from the group, Daryl keeps eating]
Nancy: Well, it depends on what you are proposing that we do.
[agreements from all]
Stacy: Well, I was thinking we could all get in on…
Stephanie Jones-White [T-shirt now says “SAVE THE WHOLE WORLD” ]: Well, I have an idea that would make a huge impact on the whole world.
Lance: Here it comes…the newest “ cause of the week,” am I right? [holds hi-five, Daryl ignores, Nancy considers and gives side-nod, Stacy gives come-hither or something, Lance confused, then considers, gives side-nod]
Stephanie Jones-White [T-shirt now says “SAVE MY CREDIBILITY” ]: C’mon, this is serious. Like life-changing, life-saving serious. What if…we all…go vegan!?
[Daryl shocked/spits out mouthful of ribs]
Lance: Whoa, whoa, whoa, what now?
Stephanie Jones-White: [T-shirt now says “SAVE THE ANIMALS” ]: Okay, hear me out. [Slow-mo of her explaining with cuts of T-shirt now saying “SAVE YOUR HEALTH (& junk)” ]::…Prevent obesity and erectile dysfunction
Stephanie J.W [T-shirt now says “SAVE THE PLANET” ]:: …of deforestation and water usage . There are totally scientific studies with charts and statistics and graphs and Footnotes!
Stephanie J.W [T-shirt now says “SAVE THE BABY ANIMALS” ]:..and think of the baby animals ! Look, a teacup pig in rain boots!
2 HOURS LATER…
Lance: ALRIGHT ALREADY, WE’LL DO IT!!!
1 HOUR LATER…
(Flash back) All [except Daryl; Stephanie J.W has “SAVE THE OLD YEAR” ]:Three…Two…One… Happy New Year! [Daryl downs it all by last second then exclaims in shock]: You’re all murderers! [storms out]
Lance [picks up weight and does curl]: I knew it! I’m definitely weaker. [flexes] And I’ve lost muscle mass ! I’m out.
Stacy: Well I’m excited about getting back into shape . With fresh, whole foods! [Takes one bite of banana]: I’m fat.
Nancy: Ugh, you guys are so selfish! That’s why you have to be in it for something more than yourself! When you think about the animals and the environment…
Stephanie J.W:…going vegan is easy! And because I also care about my health, I’m going fully raw, fully organic vegan with a one-month transition period to an exclusive diet of wheatgrass juice and coffee enemas! [has a plate of Brussels sprouts, takes a bite, tries to soldier through, is grossed out, spits it out] Ugh! I can’t eat this way. It’s too restrictive! And who can afford daily coffee enemas anyways? Veganism is just another form of oppression!
Nancy: [shakes her head, condescending] You poor little &#@$%.
Nancy:…This is why I always say that coming to a decision based on facts and logic is the only way to stay grounded and follow through with your convictions. That’s why I’ve outlasted all of you. I didn’t go vegan for health because “ vegan” only described what you’re not eating, so you can still be incredibly unhealthy.
Lance: Oh god! My body’s already out of b12 !
Lance: I look pale , don’t I look pale?
Nancy:… there’s the tendency with any change…
Lance: Definitely iron -deficient.
Nancy: to start self-diagnosing…
Lance: I think it’s my blood type. I’m so tired.
Nancy:….and I didn’t tie my decision to pure emotion for the animals or romanticism for the environment, because feelings are in constant fluctuation…
Stacy: O. M. G.! Those little pigs get FAT!!!
Nancy: Nor did I rely on selective morality or subjective ethics because that’s a slippery slope.
Stephanie J.W [looking something up on phone, T-shirt now says “SAVE SMALL FARMS” ]: I found a local farmers market – you see, that’s what we need to do, you guys! Support small farmers, not faceless vegan corporations! Get back to the land and the way we used to treat animals! When we knew every one of them by name, and they trusted us right up till slaughter .
Nancy: [eye roll] So…I’ve taken an objective look at the available data, watched a few speeches …and find the environmental, health and ethical arguments compelling and completely in line with not only the values espoused by the vast majority of our species, including the touchy ethical area of justice, and potentially emotional instinct to protection of the innocent, but also logically sound, even after correcting for manipulated, partial or outdated data, and blatant falsehoods. Veganism remains the sensible, rational choice.
[Stephanie J.W‘s shirt now says SAVE LOCAL SMALL ORGANIC FAMILY-RUN FARMS] [everyone blank stares]
[Nancy starts getting hit with wadded up paper balls, a stuffed monkey and finally a saucy spare-rib]
All [except Nancy]: boo, nerd alert, lame, not funny! etc” with last being:]
Stephanie J.W [Now “SAVE THE SPEECH, PLEASE” ]: You suck![A few minutes later when things have calmed down]
Stephanie J.W: Hey guys, how you can tell if someone at the party is vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you!
Stephanie J.W: [T-shirt now says “SAVE SAVING” ]: Stop co-opting my activism!
Stephanie J.W [T-shirt now says “SAVE FERRIS” ]: What?
Stephanie J.W [T-shirt now says “SAVE THE DATE” ; wearing “veil” ]: What?
Stephanie J.W [T-shirt now says “15 MIN COULD SAVE YOU 15% OR MORE” ]: What?
Stephanie J.W [T-shirt now says “SAVE GARRETT” ]: What?
Nancy: Wh—Wait, We already saved him.
Stephanie J.W: [T-shirt now says “SAVE ME (THE SHIRT IS ALIVE)” , points to it]: What?
Stephanie J.W [T-shirt now says “SAVE YOURSELF” ]: That’s probably best.
Hope you enjoyed the skit. SHARE on all platforms to help others go and STAY vegan!
— Emily Moran Barwick
robert macdonald says
and a Happy New Vegan circulation of the Sun to you too!
“Tom Hardy claims playing modern film heroes is ‘boring’ because actors are expected to look like vegan health fanatics”
This was hilarious! I loved how you show the path to the heart of the jock, nerd, activist, and emotional fluffbat :D It’s a good primer for choosing the approach for these personality types. I’m not sure what would convince a meat-eating NRA member to go vegan :\
Emily, I’ve been watching your videos since March or April of this year, but never commented for some reason – now is the time! I went vegan in April, and while transitioning, I did quite a bit of research – your videos really crystallized my decision and resolved any remaining doubts I had. I’d been vaguely interested in veganism for a few years, and vegetarian for a year, but never looked deeply at the other consequences of eating animals – maybe I was afraid that once I did, there’d be no turning back. When I moved into my own apartment and was no longer self-conscious about my family’s reaction, I went vegan. It wasn’t at all difficult in terms of food, but I’m still struggling with it socially and emotionally. Like they say, the hardest thing isn’t going vegan, but living in a non-vegan world. I can’t handle conflict or confrontation and get too easily upset and depressed about it, so mostly I just stay quiet or avoid situations where I’d have to explain my veganism altogether.
I just wanted to thank you for all the energy you devote to tireless research, writing, filming, and activism! It seems like it would take at least ten people to do, and you do it all on your own. In particular, I hugely appreciate the closed captions on your videos. I have a hearing loss, and skip over a lot of videos that are too hard to understand, so this is one of the reasons your videos became a major resource during the vegan transition (in addition to your quality research and lovely sarcastic perspective, of course!). All the best and lots of happiness to you in the new year!
Emily Barwick says
Oksana, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this! I am honored to have had any part in your journey. I’m so glad you made the change! And living in a non-vegan world is absolutely the hardest part!
Thank you SO much for your kind words. It means a lot to know the work I do is appreciated. It never feels or is enough, of course, but I hope to make some difference! And now I’m working hard to actually have help so that I don’t totally drive myself into the ground—then I’m no help to anyone!
Anyways, so glad you enjoyed the video. Thank you for sharing and much love to you!!
This video is just brilliant… truly a chucklefest! I loved the characters wide scope of viewpoints which ranged from bizarre and hilarious to well-informed, sincere and also hilarious!
Having received the great benefit of watching a whole big bunch of Emily’s videos over the past six months, I finally joined the Nugget Army two weeks ago. This very funny video which shows how new vegans RUIN the new year absolutely confirms for me that I made the right decision to support Bite Size Vegan. Emily does the most amazing job of infusing humor into a video which, at its core, carries an important message.
I only have one objection to this video and it pertains to the lack of last names for four of the five people. Here are the last names which I thought would be a good fit to go along with the fully-named (and classic) character of Stephanie Jones-White: 1. Lance Clifton
2. Daryl Rogers
3. Stacy Blevins
4. Nancy Spooner
I’m really looking forward to more BSV lessons via Emily’s multi-character approach!
I’ve been vegan for eight years and have sometimes found myself lacking in being able to effectively inform, inspire and motivate people as regards the world of veganism. But, now I just introduce folks to Bite Size Vegan because Emily has done all the heavy lifting for me! (That Lance Clifton guy definitely didn’t do it.)
Am I right? ;>)
Emily Barwick says
Eric, thank you so much for this fantastic comment :P Love the additions! And SO honored to have you in the Nugget Army ;D And thank you so much for your kind words! And hilarity. Put a smile on my face :D
Mr. or Mrs. ? says
That’s some funny stuff.
My fav. is probably the “activist” type… That t-shirt! Hahaha!
BTW, I recently learned (thanks to Vegan Gains) about a certain “vegan” calling your patreon a scam.
What the hell is going on with people? It’s amazing and great that you can distance yourself from name calling and useless drama and focus so marvelously on educating through evidence and logic, for what really matters: the animals.
Keep it up!