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TV - The Goode Family and Vegan Sensitivity

June 2009

[Omaha Vegan Examiner]

"The Goode Family is an ABC animated sitcom from Mike Judge of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-head fame. The show premiered on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central." (Wikipedia)
When is a vegan too sensitive--not sensitive enough?

This is a question I've been pondering personally for a long time. We vegans are often prodded by non-vegans to "just take a joke!" yet there are situations in which I simply can't blame a vegan for being offended. In fact, I would be rather angry if a vegan didn't take offense to their friend putting a hamburger in their face while making a mooing sound.
This being said, I don't mean to draw a line across these two distinctions necessarily to say "this" is okay but "this" is not. However, I do believe we should make these considerations when making the tough call of responding appropriately to these kinds of jokes. More importantly, I find it important that my friends know my choice to be vegan is a rights issue, not a diet. In fact, sometimes I just say that single sentence and they can make the distinctions for themselves.

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