Bad Vegan Jokes
You’ve all heard them, but how do you deal with them? You know, the ignorant, insulting jokes about the veg*n lifestyle? Unfortunately, all my best remarks occur in hindsight. Whether my response is insulting, witty, thoughtful, polite, whatever, it seems I can’t think of a good response when someone makes an asinine comment about my lifestyle. Do you have to rehearse these things in front of a mirror?
So let me back up. I was recently at an all day workshop where lunch was provided. I usually bring my own lunch if I don’t know what will be served, since even here in California, veg*ns are often left out. But since I add low-fat and no-oil to my method, I assume that provided lunches will not be satisfactory. At this particular workshop, as we finished our task and were ready for lunch an announcement was made about the what parts of the meal were vegetarian and which weren’t. It was requested that the omnivores leave the veg options, which were far more limited to the true vegetarians. The question was asked, “Any vegetarians?” As I sincerely appreciated the gesture, I proudly raised my hand. The only hand. I also replied that I brought my lunch, so no one had to worry.
Then as we broke up I got the barb from some jackass, “Hey, vegetarian is an Indian term for poor hunter.” Seriously? What are we, twelve years old? I mean, who gives this guy the right to joke about someone’s lifestyle, especially when it has no impact on his own? My answer was simple, “I don’t see it that way.” Then I walked away. But I wanted to say something else. I was blindsided, so I was unable to say more. At the very least I wanted to tsate the obvious: that was exceptionally rude. If it had come up in discussion that I was gay, would it be acceptable to make a fag joke? Of course not. Religion? Absolutely not. So why does this
asshole jerk think he can insult my lifestyle straight to my face believing it’s funny? Unfortunately, my ideal responses came well after the fact, and never got said. What’s the best way to handle these knuckleheads? What do you do?