Joaquin Phoenix won this year’s Best Actor Oscar at the Academy Awards for his role in Joker.
Phoenix was the fan and critics favorite to win the prestigious award, and during the acceptance speech, he did not hold back about his opinion about veganism and how we need to move away from factory farming.
He said that he thinks we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world, and many of us are guilty of our egocentric world view: the belief that we’re the center of the universe. So, he said, we go into the natural world and we plunder its resources.
He went on to say that we feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and we steal her baby when she gives birth, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. He noted that he knows it might be hard for humans to give up meat, but we’re very gifted at inventing alternatives, and we should be celebrating these advancements.
Phoenix admitted that he hasn’t always been perfect in his past himself, but he called the Hollywood elite that was present to help make the future a better place.
“That’s when we’re at our best – when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow, when we educate each other, when we guide each other toward redemption.” – Phoenix continued, to which he was met with a round of applause.
He finished his speech by mentioning his late brother, River, who lost his life when he was just 23 years old. Phoenix said that when his brother was 17, he wrote a lyric and said: “run to the rescue with love and peace and the rest will follow”.
River Phoenix was an animal activist, actor, and musician that tragically lost his life from an overdose.