This week The Bearded Vegans continue their summer break film review series with an in depth look at Test Subjects, the latest short film from director Alex Lockwood. Paul and Andy were eagerly anticipating Lockwood’s follow up to 73 Cows, a film they both enjoyed overall. In fact, their only major criticism of that film was that they just wanted more. With Test Subjects also being a short sweet 16.5 minutes, they’ll see if it can manage to create a complete statement in such a brief run time.
This week Paul and Andy kick off their later-than-usual summer break film review series: their chance to take a little break by checking out some vegan and animal rights related films we’ve been meaning to check out. They start with Kindred Creatures, a documentary that focuses on the lives of animal sanctuary residents as well as their caretakers. The film also touches on a bit of, well, everything. The Bearded Vegans discuss the merits of the film, its strategy, who it’s for, and much more.
A full transcript for the episode can be found here
Kindred Creatures is available to watch via Prime.
In this week’s mini episode, the Bearded Vegans dissect a recent post trying to push the term “vegan ally” as a way to describe those who aren’t. If vegans aren’t an oppressed group, do we need allies? Is this just a reducetarian rebrand? When allyship is unfortunately often seen as a noun and not a verb, does creating vegan allies actually encourage inaction? Or, does this actually help to create a larger and more effective movement by creating a bigger tent? Would non-vegans applying this label be more likely to go vegan, or create pro-vegan content? There is a lot to dig into here, and Paul and Andy will do their best to cover it all.
A full transcription is available at http://bit.ly/TBVEp243Transcript
This week Paul and Andy bask in the warm sunny glow of the mailbag, where they will do their best to respond to listener questions, comments, and concerns. Topics covered include: what should people do with their old Thug Kitchen cookbooks, since starting the podcast do Paul and Andy feel pressure to always be right, is it okay to sell second hand leather, why are so many Vegfests so heavily health-focused, which political candidate will be the best vote the animals, and much much more!
A full transcript of the episode is available at https://bit.ly/TBVEp240Transcript
Paul’s Podcast Recommendations:
Andy’s Podcast Recommendations:
Reply All – The Snapchat Thief
In this week’s mini episode we ask if survivalist reality shows are secretly making a case for veganism. The discussion is framed by taking a closer look at the History Channel hit, Alone. The show finds 10 contestants dropped off in remote wilderness with only the clothes on their backs plus 10 items of their choosing and then asked to survive as long as possible. The last survivalist to tap out receives a $500,000 grand prize. While the show appears, on it’s surface, to be decidedly #notvegan, as contestants find themselves consuming fish, crabs, and small birds. However, is it possible that a show designed to champion human resilience actually shreds the illusion of human supremacy?
About a month ago we recorded this video but we held onto it in favor of releasing some more timely material. As we continue to work on some more ambitious projects, we’ve decided to release this mini episode, with an additional introduction discussing COVID and the recent protests, as well as some further relfection at the end of the episode. With that said, this week we discuss Mark Rober’s recent viral video: Building The Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder in which he constructs an eight part obstacle course that most questionably contains a catapult designed to launch squirrels right before the final reward. In the video, Mark details the efforts he has made to ensure no harm comes to the squirrels. Despite the fact that we’ve seen many vegans sharing this video without comment, something didn’t sit quite right with Andy and so we wanted to pick apart this idea that abuse and exploitation is only defined by physical harm. Is this video all just harmless fun, or is it the tip of the iceberg of something more sinister?
Transcript of the original episode HERE.
This week, we bring you an interview with Omowale Adewale to discuss the 7 Points Of Allyship For The White Vegan Community In Defense Of Black Lives. This pledge is designed to organize white vegans to take tangible action to support black lives during a time when performative allyship is at an all time high. Omowale discusses each point individually and expands on their meaning, as well as explaining just why he felt it was necessary to put this together in the first place.
A full transcript of the episode is available at http://bit.ly/TBVEp233Transcript.
Actions To Take:
Support Omowale Adewale on Patreon.
Take the allyship pledge at BlackVegfest.org
Donate To (and then share) The 7 Points Of Allyship on GoFundMe – Send us the screenshot of your donation and we will double donations up to $100 total.
We had originally recorded an episode about something that started to feel more and more frivolous as the uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery developed. So we jumped on the mic for a last minute episode to address a meme going around that features a protestor holding a severed pig’s head. The resulting online discourse was messy, to say the least. We’ll ask what is the purpose of this meme, who is the intended audience, and ultimately why we feel it is incredibly shortsighted and misguided. The conversation then evolves into addressing the latest trend of memes attempting to expose the hypocrisy of others. We’ll talk about what we think is lost in the quest for dunks.
A transcript of this episode can be found at https://bit.ly/TBVep231Transcript
This week we kick things off by discussing our feelings on the recent spate of Re-Open protests. What do they reveal about those who engage in them, are they productive, and is their rage justified? Then we ask the question, are vegans more susceptible to COVID conspiracy theories? As we’ve seen a rise in vegans, from ethical activists to plant based doctors, embracing a slew of alternate explanations for current world events, we began to wonder if this was happening at a higher rate with vegans. Is there something about our general worldview that primes us to be more open to these theories than the general public?
A transcript of the episode is available at https://bit.ly/TBVEp228Transcript
Who’s Behind the ‘Reopen’ Protests? (New York Times)
The Psychology Of Conspiracy Theories (American Psychological Association)
Conspiracy Theory Handbook (Climate Change Communication)
When Tiger King was first released, Paul and Andy quickly viewed the whole series and recorded two bonus episodes reviewing and discussing its content. While the initial release quickly gained fandom, they couldn’t have possibly predicted it would explode into full blown meme saturation. Their first two episodes were recorded days after its release, in relative isolation to the public reaction. Now, with several weeks of public discourse and meme-ification, The Bearded Vegans wanted to discuss the implications of how many viewers have reacted. Do the memes (and merch) serve to further mock these abusers or do they gloss over such atrocities for the sake of a laugh, perhaps even glorifying some heinous individuals. They’ll also ask whether the backlash against Carol is warranted, and why so many are saying there is no meaningful difference between Big Cat Rescue and other exploitive operations.
Tiger King is a 7 part documentary series, now available on Netflix.