Matisyahu Is Vegan

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The Hasidic singer Matisyahu {our interview with him here} recently tweeted that he’d gone vegan.

matisyahuThe astute blog HeebNVegan, not one to let such things pass idly by, hit him up for one of their infamous Four Questions interviews (he’d also put me under the gun a few weeks before). Matisyahu qualified the statement — “I’m not exactly vegan, not religiously like keeping kosher at least” — but also added, “I stopped eating chicken and red meat ’cause I just figured it would be more healthy. I figured it would be more ideal to stay away from eating animals, from having meat sitting and digesting in my gut.” He talks about the kapparot ceremony (“the closest I ever came to an actual chicken”) and how freaked out he was — “the blood, the dirty chicken feet, the sh*t everywhere.”

Matisyahu also talks about the hardest parts of keeping kosher on the road. It’s not that long, and it’s worth checking out. My favorite part, though, is the last question — which I had no idea about until reading this:

Several years ago, Heeb Magazine (which heebnvegan is not affiliated with) noted that Burger King tried to recruit you for an ad and have you say something along the lines of “I can’t eat this, but you should” while holding a cheeseburger. Is this true, and what was your reasoning in saying no?
I believe it is sort of true, although I don’t remember the exact details. The reason for saying no is pretty obvious on many levels, but mainly, cheeseburgers? Come on.

Read the entire interview here.

Posted on April 14, 2010

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2 thoughts on “Matisyahu Is Vegan

  1. Vivica

    I just saw Matisyahu in Sacramento CA…Amazing performer. He told the audience that he is currently vegan and mentioned a book that influenced his decision. Does anyone know the name of this book? I am a vegetarian and would like to read the book that examines what is going on at slaughterhouses around the world. Matisyahu spoke briefly about his views but I really couldn’t catch the name of the book. Thanks!

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