Former 20-year vegan Lierre Keith gets assaulted by vegans while giving a talk
Just when you think it can’t get any worse with the radical nature of the vegan diet advocates, along comes something like what I’m about to share with you today that delivers a strong reminder that there is a contingent of people out there who do not want the truth about their way of eating exposed. It’s one thing to disagree and have a healthy debate of ideas about diet and nutrition and their relationship to a healthy lifestyle. But acting criminally and causing harm to another human being in the process is just about as disgusting as it comes.
The crime took place at the 15th Annual San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday while former vegan Lierre Keith was speaking about her book The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice & Sustainability where she responds to the common reasons for becoming a vegetarian or vegan and why they are completely invalid. It’s a controversial subject to say the least and going to an “anarchist” speaking engagement certainly invites trouble. But if you’ve heard Lierre Keith speak or read her book then already you’d know why she’d be willing to put herself out there like that (listen to her various recent podcast interviews here, here, and here, for example). In fact, here is a YouTube video of her speaking at a similar event in June 2009:
So imagine Lierre Keith giving her speech about her book like the one above from 2:00-2:30PM on Saturday, March 13, 2010 when suddenly out of nowhere she gets pelted in the face by three idiots wielding not just a pie, but one that has been laced with cayenne pepper. This is the stuff they put in pepper spray mace for people who are attacked by a would-be criminal. Except this time, the one who got physically assaulted was merely speaking the truth and letting people decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. This took place in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. And the glee over this barbaric attack that is taking place by pro-vegan web sites is repulsive.
My paleo blogging buddy Richard Nikokey was all over this story right after it happened and I hope the message spreads across the blogosphere about what these vegan idiots have done. This is why I wrote a chapter in my latest book that I called “Whatever you do, don’t rile up the vegetarians and vegans” and this is exactly why. They will stop at nothing to keep on shoving their message down our throats and resorting to sophomoric behavior to prop themselves up. People have been brainwashed into thinking there is some sort of health right bestowed to vegetarians and vegans because they are “kind” towards animals or the planet, but they are the very people who need to hear Lierre Keith speak or read her book.
After learning about this incident, I wrote to Lierre Keith since I interviewed her on my podcast earlier this year to see how she is doing after the attack. Needless to say, she was still physically feeling the impact of the cayenne peppers over 24 hours later.
My eyes are still puffy and blurry, but the pain is definitely better. I think the worst part was hearing people cheer my assailants while I was being assaulted. I don’t want to live in a world where people cheer while someone has cayenne rubbed into their eyes. They are vile, vicious people.
WOW! What do say to something like this? Something tells me Lierre Keith will not back down from her message simply because of this cowardly incident. She will rise above it stronger than ever before because she knows what she is sharing with people is the truth and nothing can ultimately keep that from getting out there. I for one think we all need to support her by picking up multiple copies of her book to show her how much we love and appreciate the work she is doing. Pushing The Vegetarian Myth up the Amazon rankings will tick off the vegans even more and make ‘em wish they’d never started this fight in the first place.
You can share your support for Lierre Keith at The Vegetarian Myth Facebook page or by sending her an e-mail at email@example.com. Thank her for all of her contributions to spreading the message and that you support her in her continued efforts. If the vegans want to scorn her for not choosing veganism, then we should praise her for standing up as a proud omnivore.
3-16-10 2:45PM ET UPDATE: I am conducting a mini-interview with Lierre Keith at 3PM ET today to have her respond to this vicious attack against her by some radical vegans on Saturday. The interview will air at the beginning of my podcast show on Thursday. She is healing from the eye damage caused by the cayenne pepper pie, but now she has an ear infection resulting from the “vegan goop” (as she calls it) that got into her ear canal and got infected. You’ll hear more about the incident and how she’s doing on Thursday! THANKS!
3-16-10 4:30PM ET UPDATE: Lierre Keith responds to her cayenne pepper pie attackers in an interview I conducted with her today and will air on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” on Thursday. The 15-minute conversation includes how she knew something might happen at the event before it happened, what became of the three people who assaulted her, her recollection of the entire incident as it was taking place, the physical effect this had on her eyes and inner ear, and what message she wants to share with this form of protest from radical vegans. DON’T MISS IT!
IndyBay has removed the vile column with vegans gloating about this assault on Lierre Keith, but the video of it with Benny Hill music playing in the background still exists on YouTube. Report this tasteless video of the vicious cayenne pepper pie attack on Lierre Keith on Saturday to YouTube. Click on “Flag” and then the sub-category “Hateful or Abusive Content” and then “Bullying.” Please spread the word about this and demand it is removed ASAP!