Vegan YouTuber Provokes Outcry After Eating Dairy Candy

Kalel says she will no longer be calling herself 'vegan', based on the reaction
Kalel Vegan Debate
Kalel is known for calling out companies that use animals for profit (Photo: Instagram)

YouTuber Kalel Cullen - born Kristin Smith - has prompted outcry from followers after admitting to wilfully eating dairy-laden foods via social media.

'Not really vegan'

Kalel originally revealed her choice to eat nonvegan candy bars and movie theater popcorn in a YouTube video titled 'I'm Not Really Vegan?'

In the video, she explained that she was 'just not ready' to replace certain items in her lifestyle - most notably movie theatre popcorn and candy bars.

The content of the video quickly became a hot topic among Twitter users.

Kalel and Cat
Being an animal lover is central to Kalel's online persona (Photo: Instagram)

'Can't sympathise'

Many users had an adverse reaction to Kalel's confession.

One user wrote: "I wish I could sympathise with Kalel's 'I'm not really vegan' video but I really can't. I completely understand accidental fuck ups, and things we just need to deal with that are outwith our control. What I can't understand is consciously buying and consuming non vegan foods [sic]."

Others pointed out that she is a resident of Los Angeles - a city which HappyCow listed as one of its top ten cities for vegans worldwide.

'Be grateful'

On the other hand, some users leaned in the direction of praising her for what she has done - rather than criticising her choice to eat animal products.

One commenter wrote: "Vegans are out here wasting their breath on people like Kalel who are 98% vegan when most people are still 0% ...shouldn't we be grateful for people like her?"

Kalel for PETA Kalel has partnered with animal rights organization PETA for multiple campaigns (Image: PETA)

'Attacking me'

The social media star did not take kindly to the criticism she received as a result of her dairy consumption.

She wrote: "Vegans attacking me over my choice to be so bold to admit that I eat a few non-vegan candy bars a year is the reason why SO MANY people are afraid of publicly identifying with the vegan label."

Mixed messages

A number of users argued that Kalel is sending mixed messages by consuming dairy.

The YouTube phenomenon - who's garnered over 1.9 million followers - is a collaborator with animal-rights organization PETA, and is known for her animal rights advocacy.

In fact, on July 25, she took to Twitter to besmirch a popular clothing brand for a fur-trimmed item in its collection.

She wrote: "How can you justify killing foxes and rabbits for this horrid sweater? You should be ashamed, @aliceandolivia!"

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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