William Sitwell isn’t a free speech hero: he’s an editor who failed to see the writing on the wall
Why do some people hate vegans so much? There are worse things in life than choosing to eat plants, after all. It’s not a personal attack on anyone else’s right to a nice juicy steak, or perhaps more accurately, it doesn’t have to be. The minority of extremists who very much do want to stop everyone else having a nice juicy steak, using methods up to and including violence, are an exception who ruin the reputation of veganism for everyone else.
Yet something about the decision to skip animal products seems to make a certain kind of person – socially conservative, misses the days when you could smoke in pubs, enraged by the idea of gender-neutral pronouns – lose the plot. Bloody millennials, with their avocado this and their almond milk that! Damn lefty liberal elite, too, with its sanctimonious mission to ruin everyone else’s fun. Even the Great British Bake Off’s normally gentle audience got irritable earlier this month over an episode involving vegan cakes.
Even Bake Off’s audience got uncharacteristically irritable earlier this month over an episode involving vegan cakes