Waka Flocka Flame Drops “Vegan Card”
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame announced that he transitioned to a vegan diet in 2016, stating:
“Somebody thought I was fighting cancer or something. Nah, I just didn’t wanna be fat. I got tired of breathing hard. I got tired of my joints hurting. I just got tired of being lied to. When I eat I got energy. When they eat they be sleeping. So it’s a big difference”
Since then, the rapper has hinted at starting his own vegan cooking show, touted the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle in a reddit Ask Me Anything, headlined the 2017 Circle V Festival alongside Moby, and participated in a vegan roundtable organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
In a new interview with Paper, Waka confirmed that he has “dropped the vegan card.” Stating the “public scared [him] from being vegan,” he noted that he now considers himself to be a “conscious eater,” and added:
“I think saying that I’m a vegan is like putting a title on me. I’m making myself sound like I’m better than somebody else. If I’m saying I’m vegan and you’re not vegan, what does that make you? A sloppy motherf*cker? It f*cks with me. Just to seem like, “Yo, you shouldn’t eat meat, that’s not good!” Like who’s to say you can’t eat meat? Technically, a plant has just as much life as an animal does, they just don’t have the common sense or mindset, but it’s the same power of life, it feels everything that we feel. When I started reading that vegans can’t eat honey, I was like, y’all going too far. Let me fall back.”
Waka continued stating that the way vegans act is “not enlightened,” and that “people are really scared of vegans” since they are like “cops”:
“When vegans are around, people be trying to throw their food under the table, like oh, the vegans! [laughing]”
You can read the full interview here.