Until recently actress Drew Barrymore was not only a vegetarian but also regularly featured in PETA press releases and features for her activism. Alas, Barrymore has abandoned veganism for a typically Hollywood reason — it just wasn’t exciting enough.
The woman whom PETA once lauded for turning down a Vogue cover because of her anti-fur beliefs apparently discovered that it just isn’t easy to accessorize while boycotting all of that fur and leather. Barrymore told IMDB.Com,
still don’t eat a ton of meat, and I don’t wear a ton of leather, but I just don’t put strict limitations on myself anymore. I don’t beat myself up. I didn’t wear certain designers because I didn’t want any animals to suffer for beauty and stuff, and so I literally was dressed by Old Navy at one point. I still shop there, happily. Urban Outfitters and the Gap, I love those stores. You need basics for stability, but eventually I got tired and wanted to play again. Dressing is like an art form – it’s so much fun.
A 2001 PETA release quoted Barrymore as saying, “I love animals, so I can’t eat them,” but apparently now Barrymore has changed her mind to “I love animals, so I eat them.” So much for her statement in a magazine PETA targets at kids (wait, I thought Newkirk said they don’t target kids) that she wanted to,
. . .save all the little live lobsters in restaurants and throw them back into the ocean. Particularly at places along the ocean where the lobsters are in fish tanks about 50 feet away from the ocean. You just think, Â‘ThereÂ’s something wrong with this picture. … They can probably see the ocean out of the window. It must be like purgatory for them.Â’
It’s nice to see PETA works with people who take their lifestyle decisions so seriously.
Barrymore gives up vegetarianism. IMDB.Com, August 14, 2002.
Lobster Lib. Grrrr, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Spring 2000.
Drew Barrymore is an Angel to Animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Press Release, March 5, 2001.
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