Celebrity Tweets her Love for Animals, Netizens not Convinced

Lee Hyori has upset a few netizens

Lee Hyori, a long-time soju model and singer, is attracting netizens’ criticism with her recent tweets about animal rights. She said ‘Don’t ignore the inconvenient truth of what we are eating’ before she retweeted an announcement of SBS documentary series ‘Animals, Conditions of Happiness’. Netizens are criticising her for being aggressive and judgemental; the fact that she used to be a PR ambassador of Hanwoo(Korean beef) Association does not help her make a reasonable point, either. She is also hosting a reality show, ‘Golden 12’, which has been depicting her eco-friendly life style and love for animals.

Once a meateater, Lee Hyori now promotes vegetarianism

Once a meateater, Lee Hyori now promotes vegetarianism

From Nate:

Lee Hyori’s admonition on meat eating; ‘Don’t turn a blind eye to the inconvenient truth!’

‘Don’t ignore the truth because it’s inconvenient.’

Singer and TV personality Lee Hyori highlights her concern and shows her infinite passion for animal protection.

On the morning of the 10th, she used her own twitter to publish, ‘Don’t ignore the inconvenient truth. See the truth of what we [who populate this world] are eating.’

Prior to this she also retweeted, ‘Tonight, 11.10PM SBS Special, Animals, Conditions of Happiness Part 1 – If meat hurts, humans hurt.’ Do you know the life of your meat?’

It looks like this sentence is what started, Lee Hyori’s (a known animal lover) passion for animals. This program is a shock documentary about ‘The beef and chicken on our dining tables; that meat also had a life and existence. Where and how did they live? How did they die?’

The program includes themes that talk of the meat placed on our dining table that previously had a life, had emotions similar to our own. And finally that the right to fair treatment is a key principle.

Lee Hyori is an animal lover to the point that the representative socialtainer [portmanteau of ‘society’ and ‘entertainer’] takes proactive action at the non-governmental organisations. These kinds of phrases are capturing netizens’ eyes due to her recent declaration of vegetarianism, which also grabbed a lot of attention.

Meateater or maneater?

Comments from Nate:


A real twitter *******


This kind of piece is really inconvenient isn’t it…Celebrities who promote Korean beef whilst having a conscience about vegetarianism are hilarious but even so


We humans’ existence itself is a burden for the environment.. Don’t turn a blind eye to the inconvenient truth? What does she want us to do, committing suicide?


There’s nothing scarier than a fool having a conviction.


Maybe she is feeding her dog with vegetables, not dog foods.


She is a worst kind of vegetarian. Humans have always been omnivores, and it’s natural. But some vegetarians label omnivores as primitive, vicious and I hate that; they are usually pretentious people without deep philosophy, and she might be one of them.

Being vegetarian is fine: it can be beneficial to the environment, but that doesn’t mean that eating meat makes the rest of us evil. It is simply a way of life. I am not uncomfortable because she showed us ‘the inconvenient truth’ of eating meat; I am uncomfortable about her self-righteous attitude, even though meat has been a crucial part of the human diet, not just the pleasures of eating. Aren’t her comments close to vilifying the ancestors or her own roots? I don’t want to see self-righteous people like her any more.


Turning a blind eye or whatever! Why don’t you quietly follow your belief? Why can’t you shut up about it? Besides, you are wrong: we are not the only animals eating meat. Dissuade lions from eating meat, and then I’ll give up too.


Ms Lee Hyori, you shouldn’t take medicine when you’re sick because they are all animal-tested. And also stop using cosmetics (which contain animal fat), wallets, handbags, purses…


You are the one who’s turning a blind eye to the truth. Do you think only animals have lives and existence? So do grass and vegetables. Why do you keep seeing only one side? It’s uncomfortable to see her breaking the conformity.


Did you apologise to the Hanwoo Association? http://www.ihanwoo.org/ [Lee Hyo-ri used to be a PR ambassador, not too long ago she became a vegetarian.]


Ms Lee, there are millions of micro lives in vegetables and water. What you eat, drink, wear, and the house you live in… There’s nothing we humans don’t take advantage of the environment. What we have to remember is the attitude of gratitude.


Ms Lee, why don’t you stop using your car? You should walk or ride a bicycle. Don’t turn a blind eye to the inconvenient truth.


What is wrong with her? I’m truly worried about her mental health.


Stop pushing us. Animals would be better off without your comments.


Stop talking bullshit, you ex-PR ambassador-of-the Hanwoo Association. You want to be a vegetarian, then be a vegetarian, and stop talking about it. Animals kill and eat each other in wild environment.


She is talking like she has NEVER eaten meat before. ke ke It sounds like a sin to eat meat.


What the heck is wrong with her?


It makes her look neither thoughtful nor sensible, but cheap.


ke ke ke Is she pushing us into a vegetarian life? What’s the freaking truth she’s talking about? ke ke ke


I like vegetarian life style or whatever.. I think she will no longer be relevant in the entertainment industry, if she keeps on acting like this.

Lee Hyori is also known for promoting her puppies

Lee Hyori is also known for promoting her puppies

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  • Godori

    The lady on the bottle has opinions! I don’t agree, but fair play to Ms. Lee for having a view on SOMETHING.

    On an unrelated note, there are not enough pictures of Ms. Lee accompanying this article.

    • An anonymous boy…

      Just because she is a TV personality doesn’t make her any less human.

    • Brett Sanbon

      …there are not enough pictures of Ms. Lee accompanying this article.

      Might I suggest bribing James. Its costly though.

      • Noori

        …there are not enough pictures of Ms. Lee accompanying this article:

        This is why I’m still new to this game..keke I’ll tried to find more pictures next time!

        • Brett Sanbon

          I wasnt requesting this time. I swear!

          Good article btw! I dont think the netizens are being fair to her. I still dont like that she endorses soju, but its not bad to endorse a healthy lifestyle.

          • Noori

            Actually, Yenni picked this article, and I just finished her work(picking photos was my responsibility).

            I think some netizens simply hate her due to.. I’m not sure but, possibly the plagiarism scandal.

      • James

        Name your price and we’ll track down her puppies!

        • Beth

          Already on the case.

          • Brett Sanbon

            Hah, i just want to make her a spokesperson for my new business… maybe you can hold her pups hostage until she agrees.

          • Beth

            We can’t hold them hostage, Brett, but we’ll give them all the support they need.

  • An anonymous boy…

    Being a vegan, I agree with her in general. However, I wouldn’t be judgmental because it is much easier to be a vegetarian or vegan when you have lots of money and live in certain countries. As it is easier to donate money when you have tons of it. I see it as a personal choice, and other people make different choices.

    In some countries it is pretty hard to be vegetarian like in China and Japan. I don’t see vegetarianism as personal purity issue either, and I think a flexible vegetarian diet would be more suitable for Korea because it is hard there convenience wise from my knowledge…for those who believe in animal rights or what have you.

    Finally people change: bringing up the past to say hypocrisy isn’t much of an argument against her.

    • Justin_C

      yeah, i agree. i think she uses her status for a good cause, or at least something she is passionate about, and i have no problem with that. Good on her!

    • Brett Sanbon

      Finally people change: bringing up the past to say hypocrisy isn’t much of an argument against her.

      Seriously. People can’t change their views or opinions?

      • Bruce Tutty

        And how can one consider the charge of hypocrisy, whether its true or false, without considering the past?

        • Brett Sanbon


          • Brett Sanbon

            Or learning from experience?

  • Jahar

    No jokes about other kinds of meat we can feed her yet? Anyway, She can believe what she wants. But I hate people trying to push their values on others.

    • Justin_C

      i dont she is being pushy? there’s a very wide difference between giving the benefit of one’s opinion (howard michael) and being pushy. She seems pretty safely on the non-pushy side.

      • Bruce Tutty

        If she’s such a public figure, then stating your own opinion in public is not personal opinion, but a public statement.

        • Justin_C

          that’s quite a badly loaded argument standing on at least 4 pre-conditions – 1) how do we establish if someone is ‘public’ or not? (perhaps everything that is said in the presence of someone else is public, i.e., your family, your priest, your friends, your wife/husband, etc); 2) if she is indeed a public figure, is everything that she says ‘public’ because of her status?; 3) do we apply different moral standard for statement made for public or private?; 4) and finally, all things being equal, can’t she not speak as a private person on equal footing as any other person in the public realm? or does her celebrity status hold her up to a higher standard?

  • Paul M

    Now is this really Lee Hyori expressing her opinion or just her PR manager telling her to do so? Seems to me that Korean celebrities voicing opinions about animal rights issues seems to be en vogue at the moment.

    • josh

      You don’t know Hyori do you? She’s been vocal about this and many other issues for years now, never afraid to ruffle feathers.

      • Paul M

        You’re right. I don’t really know Lee Hyori aside from the fact that she shamelessly imitates anything that is currently fashionable.

  • Bryan Bissell

    Can’t someone change their views and not be condemned for it? Haven’t you? She may have been a meat eater, but now she’s a vegetarian since she’s learned important facts.

    Being vegetarian has a host of other benefits besides being friendly to animals such as:
    –It reduces pollution a lot.
    –It produces more food so many starving people can eat.
    –It saves water (it takes a huge amount of water to make meat).
    –It prevents many diseases such as cancer, heart diseasss and more.
    –It adds up to 13 years to life.
    –It helps you have a better sex life.
    –It helps save you money in medical costs.
    –It helps you have more energy and do better on school tests.
    and more.

    Dan Buettner, the non-religious researcher for the Blue Zones science foundation, shows that all the longest living people groups in the world are 90-100% vegetarian (SDAs live ~10 years longer than the average in America, and it’s because of following Bible principles, including the ideal of being vegetarian from Eden).
    http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_buettner_how_to_live_to_be_100.html (all of this is good, but see especially from ~11:30)

    Being vegetarian can give you up to 13 years extra life. http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/healthy-food-how-much-longer-do-vegetarians-live.html

    Much of the health of the world right now is due to Seventh Day Adventists following the Bible’s principles. Scientists studied them and learned why it was important and shared this with the world.

    Trusting God is by far the wisest thing one can do…you get many benefits LONG before others have any clue how to get them and long before science understands them.

    • Paul

      Do you have any peer reviewed references published in reputable journals?

      • Bryan Bissell

        A) Here are 300 peer reviewed papers on Adventists and there are more beyond this and 1000s more on the 40+ health principles that the Bible pioneered that Adventists alone among Christians have long emphasized as being important to follow.

        There’s also a major long study called Adventist Health Studies 2 (from the above site) coming out soon that has been funded by NIH, NCI, etc.

        God gave Moses many principles of health that were very different from the “best” doctors of that time (the Egyptians who recommended medicines with beer, dung, animal blood, etc.). Here are 3:
        a) Do not eat animal fat or blood (Leviticus 3:17 & 17:12).
        b) If possible be vegetarian. But, be sure not to eat animals that don’t chew the cud AND have divided hooves (Deuteronomy chapter 11 & 14:8).
        c) Don’t eat seafood which does not have fins or scales (Leviticus 11:9-12).
        All these things are “unclean” which in the Bible means unhealthy. God promised that those who follow these principles would have less disease and longer lives. These are fully testable claims that have been and are being tested by scientists.

        Dr. Macht published research entitled “An Experimental Pharmacological Appreciation of Leviticus XI and Deuteronomy XIV” in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, published by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He tested extracts of meats of the various “clean” and “unclean” animals according to the principles above, including 54 kinds of fish, using a standard toxicological test. Every single animal meat that the Dietary Law said was inedible tested out as significantly more toxic in his experiments. That kind of 1 to 1 correlation is rare in scientific experiments. It’s far higher than even the correlation between smoking and cancer.

        B) Peer review is great. It was invented by Christians who realize the temptation of even scientists to fudge data or make false claims to get promotions, keep their jobs, get approval from the establishment. It helps a lot, but it is not the only way that qualifies as something being evidence. And there is significant prejudice in establishments of all kinds and in a variety of areas, esp. unfortunately against religion, which built most of modern science ironically. For example:
        ‘Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such an hypothesis is excluded from science because it is not naturalistic.’ Kansas State University immunologist Scott Todd, correspondence to Nature 401(6752):423, 30 Sept. 1999.

        This is an a priori fallacy and dire prejudice that is rampant. But, there is prejudice like this in other areas that I’ve documented in economics, history, linguistics, physics, and a number of other areas.

        C) None of the sites I listed in the last post are religious. Go read them. They are secular researchers talking about this from many prestigious scientific research organizations. Here’s an excerpt:

        “You don’t have to be a member of the Adventist religion for them to have a powerful influence on your life… Due in part to their unique dietary habits lowering their risk for certain diseases, they provide a special opportunity for medical science to get answers related to how diet & other habits might affect the rest of us. Add the fact that Seventh-day Adventists live longer than virtually any group of people on the planet & it is easy to understand why they are one of the most heavily researched populations on earth. There has likely never been a series of scientific medical studies that provided more useable health benefits to as many people than those conducted on the Seventh-day Adventists over the last 50+ years. & there have almost certainly been none that have undergone such comprehensive, worldwide scientific peer review. Much of the increased life expectancy of humans over the past century is due to medical research & what is written here about the Adventist Health Studies is based upon documented scientific fact. The contribution these humble servants of God & mankind have made to the health of us all has gone largely unnoticed, outside the halls of medical science, & what follows is an attempt to give them their due.
        We are not Adventists & we have no interest in promoting one religion over another. But we can tell you that the fact that they are a religion, rather than a specific ethnic group, is of enormous value to medical research. It may even be a key reason for the Adventist Health Studies being held in such high regard. One group of scientists who did a study of Adventists living in Norway put it this way:
        [quote] “Examination of the figures also suggests that there has been no genetic selection, a conclusion which American observers have also reached. Their longevity cannot be due to the fact that they belong to a privileged social class, since an examination of their distribution among social classes revealed no advantage over the general population. Nor could their geographic distribution in Norway explain the difference. These natural experiments are much more instructive & reliable than experimental studies of the type of controlled clinical trials.” [/quote]
        It is simply an irrefutable scientific fact that the uniqueness of the Adventist population has allowed & will continue to allow the discovery of relationships between certain lifestyle behaviors, health & disease that are not easily determined from other populations…

        …We can tell you they are a biblically based denomination of Christianity & their beliefs include their interpretation of what God intended regarding health & lifestyle. One of their core beliefs is they take “God at His word” that your body is your temple & not taking care of it is an insult to God. They point to passages within the Bible related to eating mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains & nuts & avoiding food that’s bad for you. Having a full day of rest on the Sabbath, which to an Adventist is Saturday instead of Sunday, is a key belief, & so is getting enough exercise. We believe what delivers such amazing health benefits is that taking care of their bodies is built into their faith, so they follow the rules more carefully than most of us do.

        …we aren’t alone in our admiration for them. The World Health Organization, US National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging, the governments of Norway & the Netherlands & many other countries, the Harvard Medical School & numerous other academic institutions we don’t have space to mention, feel the way we do.”

        • Bryan Bissell

          Of the 1000s of cultures in history, the Bible, Jewish/Christian scientists & Creation science philosophy built most of the foundations of modern science (modern scientific method, peer review process, 1st scientific journals, falsification, occam’s razor,etc.) & pioneered most branches and this happened for very specific reasons. Dr. Hannam (Ph.D. in the history of science from Cambridge) lectures on this some at the Royal Society (1st scientific society in history, started by a creationist):
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-k24Q01vck (see notes & links)

          See also:

          Nature&New Scientist highly recommend Dr. Hannam’s work as solidly researched.The records of history show that the foundations &infrastructure of modern science, education, most human rights, more were built largely on a Christian/creationist philosophy&they were drawing both principles&specific concepts,including scientific ones, directly from the Bible.

          Dr. Hannam summarizes his vast research this way:
          “Until very recently, almost everyone believed scientific progress has been held back by religion. But today’s historians have realized that, if anything, the popular perception is the opposite of the truth.” http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Science-Versus-Christianity.html?print=1

          See his site: http://www.jameshannam.com for more.

  • Jang

    Hasn’t there been a backlash by the Netizens for her photos posing with the white man last week? Or, maybe this is it. What a coincidence.

  • Lee

    When she foregoes all leather products and make-up I’ll be more convinced. Until then… she probably bit off more than she can chew.

    • josh

      She’s auctioned away her leather jackets etc.

  • bultak

    carl lewis is vegan, go figure.

  • Anonton

    She believes in animal rights, why would she respect people eating meat…
    A feminist wouldn’t be respectful to misogynists behavior.

    Also so what if she used to support beef, shes changed her views for the better now. That being said isn’t she just vegetarian by Korean standards, i.e she still eats fish and occasionally other meat products?

  • Anonton

    She believes in animal rights, why would she respect people eating meat…
    A feminist wouldn’t be respectful to misogynists behavior.

    Also so what if she used to support beef, shes changed her views for the better now. That being said isn’t she just vegetarian by Korean standards, i.e she still eats fish and occasionally other meat products???

    • Anonton

      double post ah!

  • Gabrielle

    She’s taking the same path as Brigitte Bardot.

    Sad, sad old maids…

  • Akhemu

    she may just want to rebel against society that she perceive as inhuman, for Korean idol she is unique and enjoyable to watch. The opposite of all the other rising star. Jaded? or mature? it must be both, which makes her personality sexy.

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