Portia de Rossi: "It's More Difficult Being Vegan Than Gay"

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    Jul 09, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    Portia de Rossi is gracing the cover of July/Aug issue of VegNews magazine with a big smile and a healthy glow. Inside the mag, Portia dishes on cooking for her wife (Ellen DeGeneres), her passion for animals and what restaurants to go to for the best veg food. She also opened up about how much tougher it is to be vegan than it is to be gay.

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    “Listen, I think it’s more difficult to be vegan than gay,” Portia says in the interview. “I think people have a harder time accepting it; people feel more uncomfortable with a vegan at their dinner table than they do a lesbian. It’s confronting. It’s kind of suggesting that what someone else is doing is bad or wrong, and it hits them on a more personal level.”

    She gives an example why she feels this way, “…If somebody is sitting there eating a steak watching you eat polenta, they’re thinking that you’re trying to preach to them or you’re trying to convert them in some way. Whereas with being gay, I don’t think anyone’s concerned that that’s the agenda.” 'Hey, Mom, you also have to be gay. I’m gay and so should you be!' Certainly when I told her that I was vegan, it forced her to look at her habits.”

    de Rossi has often found food to be challenging which is documented in her 2010 autobiography “Unbearable Lightness”. For years the actress struggled with an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa), but when she became a vegan her life changed drastically. She said of the changes in her diet, “While I have never felt more healthy and energized, the most important thing that happened to me when I stopped eating animals was a sense of connectedness. When I was suffering with an eating disorder, my life was solely about me. I was living through my ego and didn’t care about life around me. I was selfish and angry, and because I didn’t care about myself, I also didn’t care about littering in the street or polluting the environment.”



    I think she's off on this one--
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    I did though, like her book 'unbearable lightness'-

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    Jul 09, 2011 5:06 AM GMT
    Weirdo
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    Jul 09, 2011 5:29 AM GMT
    So she feels less at ease around people because of her eating habits than she does her love life, because she feels like she's putting pressure on other people with their eating habits. I can understand that.

    I don't think she was trying to say that vegans have it harder than gays.
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    Jul 09, 2011 5:31 AM GMT
    Stupid Portia... it's more difficult being gay. She's with a rich chick and doesn't have to worry about getting beat up because she's in the show bizz and is hot. Try being a African American in the projects and coming out of the closet.

    But damn, I think she does have a point. I can go a few days without masturbating, but I've yet to go a few days being vegan.
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    Jul 09, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    JakeBenson saidStupid Portia... it's more difficult being gay. She's with a rich chick and doesn't have to worry about getting beat up because she's in the show bizz and is hot. Try being a African American in the projects and coming out of the closet.
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    Jul 09, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    yes i did. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 09, 2011 5:43 AM GMT
    Let's not be too harsh on her. I'm sure she struggles with the same problems as any other person on Earth who is physically stunning, famous and married to an ultra rich celebrity.
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    Jul 09, 2011 10:43 AM GMT
    On the other hand, she has to have sex with Ellen Degeneres......icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 09, 2011 10:46 AM GMT
    I totally misread that magazine title. I thought it said VagNews.
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    Jul 09, 2011 10:50 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI totally misread that magazine title. I thought it said VagNews.


    Often the case, though Vag is spelled, "VagiNews"...see copyright 2006 BloodyPulpPress, New York.
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    Jul 09, 2011 11:07 AM GMT
    I could be wrong, but I think this is being taken a liiiiiittle out of context. Obviously vegans don't go through the ringer like homosexuals do socially, in the work place, in high school, and in society. However, I don't think that is what she is saying. Could she have phrased things better? Most likely.


    Being both gay and a vegetarian (not quite vegan, but close enough) I understand what she's saying. I've experienced the same thing. People get testy when you say you're a vegan/vegetarian. Somehow they feel they have to dignify their eating habits, when I couldn't care less.


    Also, isn't she married to the funniest lesbian on the planet. Isn't it POSSIBLE she might have been making a joke?
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    Jul 09, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    That's because vegans are creepy and violate natural law. The Bible says to keep your dairy separate from your meat, which clearly means that we are commanded to eat BOTH meat and dairy!

    Don't get me wrong; if they want to deprive themselves of filet mignon in the privacy of their homes, it's none of my business, but they shouldn't condemn innocent children to a life of scarfing beans and tempeh for their protein, nor should my children have to see that lifestyle choice. How will I answer when little Johnny wants to know why his friend Mike is so thin and waiflike?

    Good thing that the US gov't feels as I do and refuses to recognize marriages between these sickos or to allow them to adopt, and doesn't prevent employers from firing them for being vegan freaks...oh, wait. Never mind.
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    Jul 09, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    She might have something... I date gay guys but not vegans. Heck on occasion I even have lesbians over for dinner, though not often, their boots leave black marks on the floor, and I have to scrub them off.
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    Jul 09, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    was anyone ever born Vegan?


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    Jul 09, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    EliStark saidThat's because vegans are creepy and violate natural law. The Bible says to keep your dairy separate from your meat, which clearly means that we are commanded to eat BOTH meat and dairy!

    Don't get me wrong; if they want to deprive themselves of filet mignon in the privacy of their homes, it's none of my business, but they shouldn't condemn innocent children to a life of scarfing beans and tempeh for their protein, nor should my children have to see that lifestyle choice. How will I answer when little Johnny wants to know why his friend Mike is so thin and waiflike?

    Good thing that the US gov't feels as I do and refuses to recognize marriages between these sickos or to allow them to adopt, and doesn't prevent employers from firing them for being vegan freaks...oh, wait. Never mind.
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    Not to mention all the people who are bashed for being vegan out there...

    Dumb bitch doesn't know what real life is.
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    Jul 09, 2011 4:46 PM GMT
    I dunno. I think it's harder on a day to day, literal basis. Not as emotionally taxing.. but I've had to shop with Vegans before. They practically have to have segregation--they read the labels of everything, and can't have a lot of random items. I don't date vegans, or even really vegetarians who don't do so for health-related reasons (I mean, I guess its okay to kill bacteria and plants, who DO indeed have senses, hormones and feelings, but its not okay to kill a creature that has some potential of fighting back..). And I do have bouts of veganphobia where, especially if I've had a drink, I can get pretty confrontational (I once told a vegan that if he wanted to eat things that can't feel the pain, they should start eating the limbs off of paralyzed folks and people in braindead comas). So.. they do have some social stigma, but it really comes down to shopping, going to restaurants, etc.

    Like when a bunch of friends and I went out, and one of our folks had to skip all the fancy food food for a plain salad. Or when we had to organize camping trips because of the needs of a vegan, a celiac, and two diabetics. Its really frustrating to try to provide for such a.. specific diet.

    I rarely go into a supermarket, thinking "Okay, which of these foods are gay-friendly." Or have to tell a friend "I'm sorry, I can't go to dinner with all of you. They don't have any gay food at that restaurant."

    Though, social class has a lot of affect on it. Its easier to be a rich anything, gay or vegan. If you are in a poor neighborhood and try to do either of those two things, you'll have a hard time.
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    Jul 09, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    Actually, you can be a vegan and eat remarkably cheaply.
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    Jul 09, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    What's polenta? Is it some sort of lesbian sex act?
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    Jul 09, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    Most interesting.

    Being a vegan, in my experience, usually means a will to provoke, something I find unbearable in gays who feel the same need to provoke with their so-called gayness. Somehow, the vegan always tends to get a jab in that amounts to " I am right and you are not." So does a certain sort of gay guy.

    It is not considered to be polite to make an issue of refusing alcohol. Many--gay, straight or otherwise--consider it not to be necessary to be openly verbal about their sexuality. Refusing dessert does not require a statement that you do not like chocolate cake and think that no one should. So why are vegans so often combative? This particularly bothers me because I do NOT like conflict at the dinner table.

    In the show business world that Portia finds herself, being gay and vegan are not such unusual traits. I had a high school eacher who said that the roughest life to live (it was then the early 60's) would be that of a Negro Jew Pre-Med student at Columbia. Wanna try that one, Portia?

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    Jul 09, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    eckilegs saidI could be wrong, but I think this is being taken a liiiiiittle out of context.


    definitely. she meant it lightly and we're taking it literally lol

    It's good though to think that the concept of being vegan is harder than being gay. Whether it's realistic it sets the ideal of being gay as less of a struggle.
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    Jul 09, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    LJay saidMost interesting.

    Being a vegan, in my experience, usually means a will to provoke, something I find unbearable in gays who feel the same need to provoke with their so-called gayness. Somehow, the vegan always tends to get a jab in that amounts to " I am right and you are not." So does a certain sort of gay guy.

    It is not considered to be polite to make an issue of refusing alcohol. Many--gay, straight or otherwise--consider it not to be necessary to be openly verbal about their sexuality. Refusing dessert does not require a statement that you do not like chocolate cake and think that no one should. So why are vegans so often combative? This particularly bothers me because I do NOT like conflict at the dinner table.

    In the show business world that Portia finds herself, being gay and vegan are not such unusual traits. I had a high school eacher who said that the roughest life to live (it was then the early 60's) would be that of a Negro Jew Pre-Med student at Columbia. Wanna try that one, Portia?



    No offense, but how about a Negro Jew high school drop out on heroin?
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    Jul 09, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    FredPDX saidShe might have something... I date gay guys but not vegans. Heck on occasion I even have lesbians over for dinner, though not often, their boots leave black marks on the floor, and I have to scrub them off.


    God damned Doc Martins. They've been around for decades ... you think they could make better soles?!? :-P
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    Jul 09, 2011 6:42 PM GMT
    All I gotta say to Ms. Portia is...

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    I'm an out and proud Carnivore. ;)
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    Jul 09, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    body_talk86 said about how much tougher it is to be vegan than it is to be gay.


    Wow...it certainly is tougher to be a gay Las Vegan than to merely be gay.icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 09, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    alphatrigger saidAll I gotta say to Ms. Portia is...

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