Patrik Baboumian Calls Out Joe Rogan for His Views on Vegan Athletes [VIDEO]
Less than a month ago, Joe Rogan, host of the Joe Rogan Experience, announced that he watched the documentary Cowspiracy, and was inviting the filmmakers on his show.
As a hunter and a stand-up comedian who has mocked vegans and veganism, this was a pretty big deal. While the interview was filled with a lot of information that would reach a completely different audience and spread the word about the important documentary, some aspects of it struck some chords with many vegans and animal rights activists.
One of those who were left unimpressed include vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian, who has the title of the “Strongest Man in Germany“. Baboumian had a problem with Rogan’s claims that vegan athletes do not do as well as those who eat meat due to a lack of animal-based protein or nutrients in general. Baboumian became a vegetarian in 2005 and a vegan in 2011, and has credited the diet to his many gains as an athlete. He challenged Rogan publicly via Facebook, stating:
“I’m calling out Joe Rogan on his bullshit! I promise not to rip your legs off as long as you behave like the nice boy I assume you are. #EatingJoeRogan“
While many speculated the post was in connection with Rogan’s hunting practices, Baboumian clarified what his challenge was a reaction to:
“Still waiting for Joe Rogan’s response. I have to clarify though that I did not call him out for his hunting but his claims that vegan athletes do not reach their full potential due to a lack of nutrients. I’m willing to educate him on that matter either with words or physically. It’s totally up to him.”
He was a little softer in a response to a comment, reiterating that he does not see hunting for food as the issue and gave Rogan the benefit of assuming he is reasonable enough to have a mature debate. He stated:
“I think the fact that he only eats what he kills himself is a step forward towards being more honest with his own behavior and I think he is smart enough to engage in a proper discussion where I would try to challenge his views on animal protein and sports nutrition.”
While there has been no official response from Rogan yet, Baboumian also linked to the below video, showing what vegan athletes are capable of, and ending it off with a “real men are kind to animals” message:
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