This week the bearded duo weigh in on the speech that broke the vegan internet. As Joaquin Phoenix accepted his Academy Award for Best Actor, he remarked upon the commonality of oppression, giving specific examples of the horror of the dairy industry, and eventually turned to introspection on the nature of forgiveness and second chances. It was a ton to pack into a 3.5 minute speech and the internet has a LOT to say about it. Paul and Andy discuss their feelings on the content of the speech before looking more broadly at the Vegan Community’s feedgasm, how well non-vegans understood his message, and several pieces that slammed Phoenix for not speaking about other injustices. This is a whopper of an episode as it touches on privilege, earning redemption, using one’s platform for good, and much much more! 

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The Links:

Starbucks lightens up on dairy, for the planet(The Chronicle Herald)

The Burger King Says He Never Promised Impossible Whoppers Were Vegan(NY Post)

Vegans are holding sit-ins at Starbucks because dairy-free drinks cost more (Insider)

Joaquin Phoenix’s Speech at The Golden Globes(YouTube)

Joaquin Phoenix’s Speech at BAFTA(YouTube)

Joaquin Phoenix’s Speech at BAFTA(YouTube)

Send In The White Terrorists: Joke, Violence In Media(Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack Ep 249)

You Aren’t A “Voice For The Voiceless” (Species Revolution)

Joaquin Phoenix’s Heart Is in the Right Place, but That Speech Was Unhinged(Vice)

Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscars Speech Included A Plea To End Speciesism — Here’s What That Is(Buzzfeed)

Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscars speech slamming cow’s milk sparks backlash from dairy industry(Fox Business)

Ricky Gervais roasts Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscars speech for lecturing ‘everyday, hard-working people’(Washington Times)

Joaquin Phoenix’s white male saviour speech at the Oscars was painful to watch(The Independent) 

In Response to Harriet Hall: The White Savior is You, Not Joaquin Phoenix(Christopher Sebastian)

Why Don’t We Talk About Joaquin Phoenix When We Talk About Casey Affleck?(The Mary Sue)

Joaquin Phoenix reveals why he stopped talking to ex-best friend Casey Affleck ‘many years ago’(Mercury News)

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