Recently the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) pulled a PETA-like stunt spewing forth the ethical pollution byproduct I’ve come to expect of the vegan industrial complex. This time though I was surprised to actually see vegans finally take up some ire against the perpetrators! There were a few blog posts written and Facebook flamewars over it but this time something even bigger than that happened. Drink deep my friends, for this is what integrity looks like:
Due to PCRM’s recent obesity campaigns where they shame people’s bodies, Virginia (Ginny) Messina, The Vegan RD, resigns from their advisory board for which she was a member. PCRM is particularly on the hook for this stunt as Ginny explains:
…this doesn’t come from PETA, it comes from a group of doctors and dietitians. I think that was the thing that truly knocked the wind out of me when I saw it. Because in my 30 years as a dietitian, it would never have occurred to me—absolutely not ever—that it was okay to make someone feel ashamed of their body.
She even gave PCRM President, Neil Barnard a chance to defend his organization by adding his reply to the end of her post. A reply that was totally disappointing and failed to address her real concerns. He even tried to spin it by saying:
They depicted obesity exactly as it is and nothing more. However, some people called them “disgusting,” “ugly,” or even “pornographic,” reading all manner of values into these everyday images.
How disingenuous can you get? You fucking #fail Barnard, suckah. PCRM has severely damaged their reputation as a credible supposed science-based institution. I’m so glad Ginny left their advisory board because I was never particularly impressed by the company she kept there. Too bad for them, they lost a valuable resource and a boost to their reputation that having her on board supplied.
If veganism is a movement based upon ethics, for which I’ve already conceded it is not… but if it is, shouldn’t it be a particular high priority to maintain a level of ethical behavior? Read: police your own shit vegans, especially when it falls within your jurisdiction.
For somebody who does science-based nutrition, especially within the realm of veganism, this must have been a very hard choice for Ginny which could affect the very (vegan) food on her table. It was a matter of losing integrity or selling out and she made the honorable and ethical choice. Please be sure to go on over and add your support to the growing list of comments for her decision. This type of behavior needs to be recognized and encouraged in a movement that’s lost its way.
Ginny, you rock that shit.