Hottie with a vegan body pro-wrestler Austin Aries, aka The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, tells his vegan story in this quick two minute video:
I’m trying to write something thoughtful about this video but I’m distracted by how damn segzy Mr. Aries is, being all informed and compassionate with his big squishy nose that I want to bite, then we’ll both laugh and feed each other gluten free pizza with Daiya cheese while sipping kombucha and staring into each other’s sunglasses…
*clears throat, snaps back to reality*
But seriously, I think this video is a great example of an effective talk about veganism – getting the point across without being militant OR apologetic. Austin talks passionately about our food system and how animals are treated, but he also takes the time to point out how we’re brainwashed from birth – in his Jello example – how we are given food and get hooked on it without being told what it really is and how corporations will always be geared toward profit over welfare. He makes his case but balances it with the awareness that we live in a carnist system designed to keep us addicted, sick, placated and unquestioning. He doesn’t back down from his message but he also doesn’t attack people who aren’t vegan yet. This video hits the perfect tone.
Austin Aries’ veganism is a great example of true masculinity – when he’s talking, he’s not being macho, he’s not showboating or putting other people down. He’s talking, calmly and confidently, about what he believes. He’s not overcompensating to prove how he’s “still a man.” Instead, he does my favorite thing ever – he talks like veganism is normal! Normal! He just states facts and lets them do the talking.
I also like that Austin didn’t make a huge point out of the nutrition side of things. He has a buff, hot bod and he’s had it while being meat-free for over 14 years, vegan for two. He didn’t go on and on about getting enough protein or whatever. Again, he just let his physique do the talking for him, keeping the focus squarely on ethical veganism, where it belongs. Besides, I don’t see how anyone could look at him and think that he’s walking around hungry!
Send this to your wrestling fan friends and show them that veganism is alive and well in the ring!