Dec 12, 2018
You don't eat meat or any animal products.
But is your diction vegan? Your language? Your words?
Tired, cliched figures of speech really shows how much needs to be done to root out anti-animal attitudes that exist in society.
And it's deep-seated.
When PETA released a vegan version of some standard American idioms --changing "bringing home the bacon" to "bringing home the bagels--there was quite an uproar.
Social media went nuts. Mixed nuts. FoxNews showed their conservatism and made fun of PETA. But so did some animal rights supporters. Some said PETA trivialized the issue. And some were offended that the animals were given equal weight to social justice movements involving race, gender and LGBTQ issues.
Discussion is good. But don't miss the point. Language matters.
PETA Sr. VP Kathy Guillermo talks about why PETA came up with the list of new idioms and why it's more than a tongue-in-cheek thing.
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