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Vegetarians acting weird: The Morrissey Edition

We’ve already wondered what’s going on with Joaquin.

Now, here’s another fellow vegetarian acting funny: Morrissey and his band, nude on the inside sleeve of his new single “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris.”

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Care to comment?

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Betty White’s the boss

I just found this on the internet. I have no idea who made it, but it delights me.

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Bravo! Incidentally, Betty White turned 87 one week ago.

My lady friend and I have been catching up with the “Ugly Betty” series on DVD and during the second season, Betty makes a guest spot on this episode that is sidesplittingly funny.

Betty also made me laugh while she was a guest on Craig Ferguson‘s show during the election when she said of Sarah Palin, “That is one crazy bitch!” A clip.

And, of course, I love that she’s been a vegetarian and animal rights advocate for years. UPDATE: BETTY IS NOT A VEGETARIAN, APPARENTLY.

What’s your favorite Betty performance or guest spot?

Once and for all, Hitler was NOT a vegetarian

People love teasing me with the idea that history’s worst person and the murderer of 6-million Jews, Adolf Hitler, was a vegetarian.

I don’t know where this rumor started, but it positively not true. Here’s The Guardian’s recent piece about Hitler’s favorite foods – and the last time I checked squab, trout, and liver did not grow on trees.

On the other hand, here’s someone in history who, evidence suggests may have been a vegetarian: Jesus Christ. Wow, just think, if Jesus was a vegetarian, he’s probably heartbroken at how the world treats animals.

Samuel L. Jackson narrates anti Prop 8 ad

Actor Samuel L. Jackson narrated this commercial urging Californians to vote NO on Proposition 8, a bill that aims to end legal gay marriage in the state. It’s a powerful ad that compares the bill with other human rights atrocities in California’s history. Take a look:

Jackson, star of Pulp Fiction and several Star Wars films, is a longtime human rights activist (and vegetarian).

Thanks so much to Samuel for lending his voice to this important cause.

Morrissey is writing an autobiography!

Okay, mopey* Moz fans, here’s some good news: According to the NME, former Smiths frontman and bona fide solo sensation Morrissey is penning a “tell-all” autobiography.

I put tell-all in quotes because Morrissey is famously private about his love life. The book, he told a BBC 2 radio host, will focus on his music career:

“So much crap is written about me, it’s hard to live with sometimes. It all gets burned down in history and becomes a part of your legacy.”

I know you Moz fantatics are already investigating ways of pre-ordering the Morrissey memoirs. Let me hear from some of you. Who’s excited?

I’ll read the book. I owe a great debt to Morrissey; it was his song “Meat Is Murder” back in 1985 that made me go vegetarian.

(* Are Morrissey fans still mopey? Back in the days of the Smiths, the fans wore black and pouted. But, his music is so different now. Fill me in).

‘The Cosby Show’ vegetarians

I gave space in an earlier post to the many vegetarians within the cast of Mary Tyler Moore, and now, happily, I tip my hat to the cast of The Cosby Show, whose vegetarians give MTM a run for the money.

Let’s hear it for:
Bill Cosby (Cliff Huxtable), vegetarian
Phylicia Rashad (Clair Huxtable), vegetarian
Sabrina Le Beauf (Sondra Huxtable), vegetarian
Lisa Bonet (Denise Huxtable), vegetarian (or vegan?)
Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa Huxtable), vegetarian

Congratulations to the Huxtables and a big thank you!

In honor of National Vegetarian Awareness Month

Please remember that all beings are beautiful and worthy of life.

“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” Immanuel Kant

“If a man earnestly seeks a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from animal food.”
Albert Einstein

“All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?” The Buddha

All of ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ on DVD now

As an avid fan of the Mary Tyler Moore show, I’m thrilled to learn the entire series will finally be available on DVD. I watched Seasons 1-4 in a breathless marathon only to be shocked to find out the last three seasons were not available on DVD.

Lucky for me, the folks at 20th Century Fox got on the ball. It was probably because Oprah made such a fuss over the show last spring when she hosted an hour-long tribute to the show (and converted her studio into a replica of the WJM newsroom).

Mary Tyler Moore deserved every Emmy it won for its groundbreaking portrayal of a single thirtysomething career girl. Mary Richardson paved the way for bright single ladies like Liz Lemon. Plus, look at those kicky clothes:

The show’s cast – the peerless Valerie Harper as Mar’s best pal Rhoda, Ed Asner as her curmudgeony boss Lou Grant, Ted Knight as dufus weatherman Ted Baxter, a vivacious Cloris Leachman as Mary’s neighbor Phyllis, and future Love Boat captain Gavin MacLeod as the unflappable Murray Slaughter – set an unbeatable standard for television ensembles.

Later, the show added Betty White and Georgia Engle to the shenanigans.

I seriously got chills when the entire cast -sans the late Ted Knight – reunited for an appearance at the Oscars two years ago. (Click to enlarge):

Also, best opening tune ever! And covered by everyone from Joan Jett to Husker Du.

Even cooler: every single member of the cast, with the exception of Ted Knight and Georgia Engel, is a vegetarian. Makes me love them all even Moore, uh more. UPDATE: ACTUALLY ONLY MARY TYLER MOORE AND CLORIS LEACHMAN ARE VEGETARIANS.

Are you a fan of the show? Do you have a favorite character?

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