One of my favorite things about one of my favorite new videos is the headline in the Huffington Post article that introduced it, “‘PediaMeat’ Video From Funny Or Die Pokes Fun At Vegans And Vegetarians.”
Confused? I know… It’s crazy, right? Though I fully expected to be incensed, for some reason I made myself watch it anyway, and, after doing so, I really do hope that a lot of people will watch it who are hoping to laugh at, rather than with, vegans and vegetarians. Because they are going to be pretty disappointed, and maybe will have their heads turned around.
All right, it’s true, the video, produced by sketch comedy group The Kids Table, does poke some good-natured fun at hippy entitlement, and smart-ass college kids and their vegan ways, and if I worked at it I could probably manage to find it mildly annoying on those grounds. But vegans are not what this video is really poking fun at. Instead, the real humor can be found in the “product” being “sold” here, Pedia Meat. This bottled smoothie (which comes in flavors like “Chickens That Have Never Seen the Sunshine”) is an easy way to sneak meat into your kids diets and, in the process, erase any hint of progressive thought from their minds. Pedia Meat can turn your daughter from a left-leaning economics major to a home-economics major in one sip, and, ultimately, it can take your kids off the deep end.
So what do you think? Is this making fun of vegans, or of meat-guzzlers?