Joaquin Phoenix is known for his passion for animal rights. But the Joker star says when it comes to raising his son, he doesn’t plan to force his vegan lifestyle on his child.
In a revealing new interview with Britain’s Sunday Times, Phoenixspoke about how he plans to raise River, the child he and actress Rooney Mara welcomed back in September. The couple started dating in 2016 and became engaged in 2019.
“Well, certainly I would hope that [he is vegan], but I’m not going to impose my belief on my child. I don’t think that’s right. I’m going to educate him about the reality. I’m not going to indoctrinate him with the idea that McDonald’s have a Happy Meal because there’s nothing f***ing happy about that meal,” Phoenix said. “And I’m not going to tell him that it’s OK to read books about all the wonderful little farm animals, and they say ‘oink oink oink’ and ‘moo moo moo,’ and not tell him that that’s what a hamburger is. So I’m not going to perpetuate the lie, but I’m also not going to force him to be vegan. I’ll support him. That’s my plan.”
The baby boy is named after the actor’s late brother, River Phoenix, who died in 1993 at age 23 of a drug overdose on the sidewalk outside of Johnny Depp’s former West Hollywood club, The Viper Room.
Last year, Phoenix made headlines when he accepted his Academy Award for his performance in Joker, and made a passionate declaration in the name of animal rights. Taking the opportunity to use his voice “for the voiceless,” Phoenix said “we’ve become very disconnected [from] the natural world,” and that “we go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources.”
“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow,” he told the audience, Best Actor Oscar in hand. “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 our cereal.”
Phoenix connected his belief in animal rights with the need for equality across the board.
“For me, I see commonality,” Phoenix told the crowd. “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 or one species has the right to dominate, control and use and exploit another with impunity.”
Now looking back on his speech, Phoenix told the Times that he was terrified in the moment.
“I’ll be honest with you here,” he said. “I did not want to get up anywhere and do anything. I was not excited about the opportunity. It’s just not who I am. I was full of fear.”
While he knew it would be easier to say thank you and leave, Phoenix chose to use the moment to speak out.
“I was in that situation and there was a part of me that just wanted to say, ‘Thanks so much, great, goodnight.’ But I felt like I had to,” he said. “If I’m up here, I can’t just thank my mum.”
Shortly after the Oscars, Phoenix rescued a cow and her calf from a California beef facility and brought the animals to a sanctuary, Yahoo Entertainment previously reported.
A vegetarian since age 3, Phoenix opened up about how he and his siblings developed their convictions at such a young age. As children, they witnessed fish being stunned against the side of a boat.
“It was such a shocking, visceral experience,” Phoenix recalled. “As a child, your parents just say, ‘It’s fish’ and you don’t know the difference between fish or broccoli. And to suddenly realize that this thing that we’ve eaten once used to be full of life and we can see it struggling for its life.”
He credits two of his siblings for leading the charge.
“My brother, River, and my sister Rain said, ‘If we’re not going to eat this then we shouldn’t take their milk, or wear leather.’ That was 43 years ago,” said Phoenix.
Due to their beliefs, the Phoenix children refused to appear in advertisements for companies like Coca-Cola or McDonald’s, even though it prevented them from going out for “70 percent” of acting jobs.
Cardi B is sharing a few thoughts about rappers these days. Check out what she had to say below.
Someone said: ‘Criticizing the messenger still won’t take away from the message…ITS FACTS 💯’ and another followr posted this: ‘Love her or hate her she ain’t lie whatsoever people don’t respect female rappers and women be the first ones to hate on them.’
RELATED: Cardi B Showcases Her Curves In A No-Tan Lines Two Piece Bathing Suit
One other follwoer said: ‘Did you see the episode of Wendy, where she named ALL of the beefs Nicki has had in the industry over the years? I mean it was well over 40. That woman has been problematic her whole career.’
One fan said: ‘nicki also wrote a letter requesting mercy for her child molesting brother. No one is listening to her,’ and a follower said: ‘She’s ain’t lying tho. Drake boring as hell lol.’
RELATED: Offset Flirts With ‘Scrumptious’ Cardi B After Night Together At A Strip Club – Are They Back Together?
One fan posted this: ‘Just wear Adidas like Missy Elliot and spit bars then i guess, the image you put out is the image you keep, but hey she can always switch it up, i think these females rappers just just do what they want and not feel the need to satisfy everyone, that’s won’t make ya happy in the end.’
Vin Diesel is making Cardi B fans happy with this latest announcement. Check it out below.
The Shade Room noted that fans are gearing up for the highly-anticipated ninth instalment in the popular Fast And Furious franchise; # VinDiesel recently spilt some exclusive details about Cardi B’s future in the multi-billion-dollar film franchise. During a recent interview at the premiere of “F9,” Vin Diesel said that Cardi B was such an asset to the film that her character will return in the 10th instalment, which is set for a 2022 release.’
Rosie O’Donnell is giving her thoughts on Ellen DeGeneres‘ exit.
The 59-year-old former talk show host spoke out during an appearance on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show on Wednesday (June 23).
PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Rosie O’Donnell
Click inside to read more…
During the conversation, Rosie said Ellen‘s exit might be more “complicated” than people may think.
“I have an understanding of the cycle of show business, and kind of what happens in people’s careers, and when enough is enough. Oftentimes people don’t know that. I think I have a good balance of both in my life, of the importance of both. And it’s hard to maintain. It’s hard to do, especially when you’re doing a show like that,” she said.
“I don’t think it was the ‘be kind’ thing that got her. I think that’s oversimplification. But it was a lot of things, and it was complicated, and I’m glad that she’s, you know, going to be finished and she can get some time to herself,” she continued.
“It’s a huge kind of strange thing to be on a show like that, and have all that attention on you. And she had it for like 19 years. So, you know, it’s a tough thing.”
Another talk show host had a much more shady reaction to the news.
if you’re anything like me, you deal with more than one skin concern at a time. I’ve got fine lines, PMS breakouts, dry spots and hyperpigmentation to deal with. How much depends on the day. (Thanks, 30s!) Luckily, Dermalogica’s Smart Response Serum is made just for that ever-changing skin. Unlike serums with just one or two active ingredients to target one issue, there are four actives that hydrate, brighten, soothe and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All in one bottle.
Even better, Smart Response Serum understands what your skin needs before you do, taking a lot of the guesswork out of skincare. The brand calls it “SmartResponse” technology. It gets a little tech-y but basically, when your skin feels dehydrated, oligosaccharides from hydrolyzed beta-glucan kick in to deliver the hydration your skin is craving. Hydrolyzed wheat flour, rich in arabinoxylan-oligosaccharides (or AXOS) triggers to brighten and reduce the appearance of dark spots.
Our mission at STYLECASTER is to bring style to the people, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale.
There’s also antioxidant-rich Japanese Cornelia cherry to soothe redness and help skin fight free radicals, as well as plant-based mannose-6-phosphate to plump skin and fight the signs of aging, helping improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Phew! I told you this baby does a lot.
It’s hard to see drastic changes in just a few weeks with this type of skincare, that works to help prevent damage. But using it morning and night, my skin feels plumped and hydrated. Overall, it looks a lot brighter, too. My makeup is going on a lot easier on those dry spots and it’s calming irritation on my sensitive skin. I’ll definitely keep using it and being consistent so the ingredients have the proper time to do their magic.
It’s not cheap, but this four-in-one could replace some of your other skincare so you’ll use less overall. Grab Smart Response Serum now at Dermalogica and Sephora.