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When we originally heard that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were embarking on what he referred to as a “22 day vegan cleanse,” scheduled to end on Dec. 25, we were surprised. Weren’t these two superstars known for their lavish fur-and leather-wearing lifestyles? Still, we dared to stay optimism, and hoped that this change would help raise awareness about plant-based and cruelty-free lifestyles.

It soon became obvious, however, that their motives for undertaking the “vegan cleanse” did not exactly spring from an ethical basis, with Beyoncé choosing to wear fur and leather to at least two vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.

And now, E! News has reported that on Sunday, Dec. 29, just four days after their “cleanse” ended, the pair was spotted visiting Miami’s Seasalt and Pepper restaurant, and ordering pappardelle, lobster risotto, and seafood casserole.

As Hadley Freeman of the Guardian puts it, “For some wealthy celebrities, veganism is just a lifestyle in which food pickiness goes hand in hand with elitism and vague spirituality.” She adds that for many celebrities, “To limit one’s diet, whether it’s only eating plants or going on a juice ‘cleanse’ or insisting on fresh organic offal, is a sign today of one’s wealth and one’s self-worth. To be difficult and high-maintenance is a sign of power.”

For those of us who are ethical vegans, Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s short-lived “cleanse” demonstrates very clearly that when the vegan lifestyle is seen as nothing more than a hot new trend to be capitalized on, instead of a considered lifestyle change, the true message of veganism is lost. As Dr. Will Tuttle wrote, back in March 2013:

Vegan living, like love, is not about getting something for myself; it’s about giving: giving mercy and kindness to others who are vulnerable in our hands. Going vegan to get health is like getting married to get wealth: it’s typically not a lasting motivation and corrodes the integrity of our commitment. If we don’t deepen our motivation beyond personal health, it’s easy to fall prey to the “cravings” fro an adverse affair of some kind – the bacon smells so enticing, the neighbor is so attractive. Motivation is at the heart of both love and veganism, as well as of our spiritual evolution.

As we move forward on our conscious living journey – leaving Jay Z and Beyoncé’s dietary experiment behind us – let’s remember the responsibilities we bear toward the abused, neglected, and factory-farmed-raised animals who are indeed “vulnerable in our hands.”

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569 comments on “No Surprise: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Abandon Their New Vegan Diet!”

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rockerlinda12
2 Years Ago

Are we really surprised at them not following a vegan diet. One of the concerns was that they wore leather to a vegan restaurant. Well I follow a vegan diet but wear leather regularly


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Marc Carter
09 Feb 2015

If we already own a leather coat or whatever before we become vegan it seems disrespectful to the animal which had to die for me to have it to just throw it away. We are imperfect but at least vegans, the ones who aren\'t in it to get something, are doing good for the welfare of animals. It is too easy to go overboard in our minds with regard to how we view the world and our neighbors. Education is the key, and love.

Gary
3 Years Ago

Ditto! No surprise at all! It will take awhile for their health to deteriorate and then their eyes will truly be open to the affects of eating meat, dairy, chicken & fish! Vegan living is the BEST!


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Katarina Pendrakova
3 Years Ago

No surprise at all!!!!


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Katarina Pendrakova
3 Years Ago

No surprise at all!!!!


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Lori Thompson
3 Years Ago

What do you expect from two vapid, self-absorbed narcissists?


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LorriePaige
04 Jan 2014

Isn't that the truth. Yep, no surprise at all. I don't think their intention was ever to be vegan in the first place.

Monique Dee
3 Years Ago

To all the people who moaning about how hard is to go vegan and it would take long time all i hear is excuses excuses..This days EVERYTHING have a vegan alternative, every food u eat have a vegan version,every food u eat have a vegan recipe..YOU DON'T HAVE TO GIVE UP ANYTHING JUST CHANGE THE BRAND,that's all..How fckin' hard is that??You know what's hard???What the animals go through just because u too selfish to by the cruelty free brand..there is no excuse to kill them if u don't need to eat them to survive ,period..Especially not hard for "Jayonce" they have personal chef ,personal shopper ,everything ..So stop the excuses ,they didn't go vegan cause they lazy and selfish and self centric pricks who don't give a flying fuck about the animals they eating and wearing..And the top of that she walk into a vegan restaurant wearing fur than the next day she do the same wearing cow printed leather ,they made a mockery out of vegans ,it was a slap on the face to us and downright disrespectful..So I'm sorry for not "bow down" to this selfish pricks ..


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Katerina
04 Jan 2015

Yup you\'re right I went vegan 2 months ago,with no excusses,just did it,at once and not only food,cloathes too,I gave away all my animal ones,well I am not the healthiest vegan (I love to eat nuts and chips) but at least I haven\'t eaten even a slice of meat or dairy (and I read labels) and I hope I never will ! Weak ppl will always make excusses.

Jay Ray Vegano
3 Years Ago

Fuckwits


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Jay Ray Vegano
3 Years Ago

Fuckwits


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Kathryn Bulver
3 Years Ago

This, or their initial announcement that they were going vegan for a few weeks as a 'cleanse' should not be getting this much attention. If one is looking for a vegan role model from Hollywood, focus on Emily DeChanel, Joaquin Phoenix....


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Kathryn Bulver
3 Years Ago

This, or their initial announcement that they were going vegan for a few weeks as a 'cleanse' should not be getting this much attention. If one is looking for a vegan role model from Hollywood, focus on Emily DeChanel, Joaquin Phoenix....


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