The 45-year-old vegan actor stepped out with his fiancee to enjoy vegan burgers and celebrate his momentous first Oscar award.
Holding up a card that read: “Choose vegan. It isn’t a fad, it’s the future,” Joaquin Phoenix refused to eat a beef burger from In-N-Out burgers at the Vanity Fair Oscar party consolidating his stance against the animal industry.
However, to compensate, he and his fiancee- fellow actor-Rooney Mara were seen eating vegan burgers from Monty’s Good Burger post the party.
They were snapped sitting comfortably on the street, laughing and enjoying their vegan treat.
Enjoying a dream run at the award season this year, Phoenix has made apt use of the platforms to advocate for animal rights, speak up against the meat and dairy industries and encourage others to become more eco-friendly for the planet.
While in one acceptance speech, he asked his celebrity friends to stop traveling by private jets, in another he confessed to be a part of an industry that still practiced “systemic rasicm.’
In his seminal Oscar speech, he spoke about the strife against injustice across all sectors and the skewed social justice practices prevalent in the system. He particularly stressed on the cruelties of the dairy industry.
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“I’m full of so much gratitude now. I do not feel elevated above any of my fellow nominees or anyone in this room, because we share the same love – that’s the love of film. And this form of expression has given me the most extraordinary life. I don’t know where I’d be without it. But I think the greatest gift that it’s given me, and many people in [this industry] is the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless. I’ve been thinking about some of the distressing issues that we’ve been facing collectively. I think at times we feel or are made to feel that we champion different causes. But for me, I see commonality. I think, whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice. We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender, one species, has the right to dominate, use and control another with impunity. I think we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world. Many of us are guilty of an egocentric world view, and we believe that we’re the centre of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakeable. Then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal. We fear the idea of personal change, because we think we need to sacrifice something; to give something up. But human beings at our best are so creative and inventive, and we can create, develop and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and the environment. I have been a scoundrel all my life, I’ve been selfish. I’ve been cruel at times, hard to work with, and I’m grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance. I think that’s when we’re at our best: when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for our past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow. When we educate each other; when we guide each other to redemption…
His iconic statement: “We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and cereal,” will be remembered for years.
In order to prove his point on sustainability and the need to be more environmentally conscious, Phoenix was seen wearing the same Stella Mc Cartney tuxedo to every awards show this season.
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This man deserves to win. As a great actor of course but also, for me, as a great example of a human that fights for those that have no voice. The animals thank you and congratulate you, Joaquin! x Stella Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards, wearing a custom #StellaMenswear Tuxedo. #JoaquinPhoenix #InStella #Oscars #StellaMcCartney
The eco-friendly fashion designer praised the star posting his picture on her official Instagram account with a caption that read: “This man is a winner… wearing custom Stella because he chooses to make choices for the future of the planet and all of its creatures. He has also chosen to wear this same Tux for the entire award season to reduce waste. I am proud and honoured to join forces with you Joaquin, keep inspiring and keep shining your light x Stella.”
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