If you follow famed YouTuber PewDiePie, you no doubt know he's had run-ins with vegans (one in particular) in the past. But fans of his channel have noticed the Swede eating a lot of plant-based foods lately, leading many to speculate that the gamer has made the switch to a diet free of animal products.
So, is PewDiePie vegan now or what?
PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, has said in the past that he doesn't eat much meat, though he does eat fish, and he eats plenty of meat substitutes. The latter fact may have a lot to do with his wife, Marzia, who went vegetarian a couple years ago.
Anyone who's ever lived with a vegetarian knows that this often means the majority of your meals end up being meat-free, especially if they cook.
When Marzia was active on her own channel, she did a few vegan recipes, which probably led to speculation the couple might be opting to go plant-based. However, Felix cleared the air on his stream back in 2017. When asked directly if he was vegetarian or vegan, he said neither but that he doesn't eat meat. He mainly eats fish.
And he has also expressed reservations about the consumption of pork after learning about how intelligent pigs are, as he revealed while playing Inside in 2016. But perhaps the biggest reason people are confused about Felix's diet stems from a period of time when his Twitter bio said he was vegan.
However, this seems to most likely be a troll, since pretty much the only true thing in that bio is that he's Swedish. The claim that he's vegan in this 3-year-old screencap from his Twitter might have to do with a little feud he had with vegan vlogger Sorsha, who called him "the dumbest YouTuber" for not having a "core message" to share with his subscribers.
Felix responded with a video of his own, mocking Sorsha's channel and also pointing out the money he has raised for various charities benefitting both animals and people. "This is why no one will take vegans seriously," he said in his response video, "because one bats--t crazy person comes out and says stuff like this, and everyone else just gets discredited."
Since their little war on YouTube, PewDiePie's subscribers have grown to more than 100 million, while Sorsha's channel has a respectful but modest 92K subscribers. That's not to say anything about either YouTuber's message or value, but it does seem to suggest that more YouTubers are interested in being entertained than preached to about what they eat (or what they do with their fame).
That said, regardless of how one might feel about Sorsha's delivery, her message that going vegan is the best thing an individual can do for the planet is no less valid. And it's actually easier than you think to go vegan. But even if you aren't ready to make that kind of commitment, you can still make a difference with smaller changes.
In fact, even cutting out animal products one meal a day or one day a week can save millions of pounds of carbon emissions per year.