"What do you eat? What about meat? What about protein? What about cheese? Can
you eat fish? Do you eat this? Would you eat that? Are you anemic?"
While many of the questions Chokeules raps about often come from a lack of
understanding, the truth is, regardless of the fact that veganism is making its
way into the mainstream, people who don't eat meat and diary still get asked
these questions all the time.
From coconut bacon and tofurky to tofu scramble and soy jerky, the song sends
out a clear message that veganism is not about deprivation, and that if you
want, you can still choose to enjoy all your old favorites - except they've been veganized!
Featuring a cast of adorable animals from Wishing Well
Sanctuary in Bradford, Ontario, Chokeules is helping to show the world that
there is an alternative, and that with all the options that are available to us
today, it really couldn't be easier to choose to love animals rather than eat
To find out more about the inspiration behind the song, we got in contact with
Chokeules himself and here's what he had to say:
"One day one of my oldest friends said to me 'Look, no offense, but seriously
what do you eat?' After having been asked that same question over and over for
years, that day the idea for the song and the chorus popped in my head."
We also asked him why he thinks it is so important to get this particular
message out there.
"The song itself is just about
vegan food and vegan junk food, but it's definitely not representative of
all the healthy vegan options out there, just more of a funny response to people
wondering how they could replace their precious comfort foods. Quinoa and
kale didn't get the respect they deserve."
The tune, which was only released three weeks ago, immediately went viral,
garnering support from animal lovers all over the world.
"The video has been getting an amazing response, largely in part to our awesome
friends at Wishing Well Sanctuary, who gave us the best location and actors
ever, but also because the vegan community has been crazy supportive."
Bowled over with all the positive response that the song has had, hokeules has
been inspired to continue using his talents to spread the compassionate message.
"It's been humbling getting such positive feedback and support from people
and organizations I admire, who do so much for animals. All I did was write a
cool song, so it's definitely been a wake up call to remind myself why I became
vegan in the first place, and that I should be doing more to raise awareness."