A Vegan Woman Was Shamed on Twitter After Buying Ice Cream for a Crying Child
A vegan woman who bought ice cream for a crying child recently found out that posting about something as innocent as a good deed can draw intense backlash on Twitter.
In a melodrama fit for the digital age, the 22-year-old "vegan blogger" who goes by @itsallazara on Twitter, says she saw a little girl crying near an ice cream truck because she didn't have any money to buy herself a cone. Writing about the experience on Twitter, the woman says she gave the kid money to buy ice cream, because she is the opposite of a heartless monster.
Pulled up to my driveway to find a little girl crying, she didn’t have money for the ice cream van like her friends did so I gave her enough money to get herself a nice big ice cream with sauce, sprinkles and a flake. She was so happy (and soon had ice cream round her mouth)— Avocadhoe Ⓥ (@itsallzara) April 28, 2018
The innocuous tweet spurred backlash. A man named Anthony, who goes by @7AnthonyDagher7 on Twitter, posted images of @itsallzara's tweet and direct messaged her, criticizing her for purchasing ice cream -- an animal product -- for the little girl. He also posted screenshots of their exchange, for transparency's sake. His initial tweet garnered 1,500 retweets, apparently after reaching an audience ready for a scrap.
Reading through the messages, you'll see that Anthony, who is also vegan, thought it was wrong to buy a child non-vegan ice cream, only because it perpetuates the unethical treatment of cows used in the mass-production of milk products:
I usually do not do this, but I feel like this is appropriate to post since this person is claiming to be a vegan even though she admitted to buying non-vegan ice cream for someone else, defended what she did when I spoke with her privately (hoping that would make her less likely pic.twitter.com/uBOSo6qR4m— Anthony Dagher ⓥ (@7AnthonyDagher7) April 28, 2018
Anthony, who claimed he only had the best intentions and maintained a reasonable level of friendliness and decorum, then called upon other vegans on Twitter to direct message the young woman. He also suggested trying her on Instagram in case Twitter DMs didn't work, all the while insisting that he didn't want the woman to be verbally attacked. "I just want her to see she was wrong," he wrote.
In a rare and heartwarming turn for a website as turbulent and self-reinforcing as Twitter, which feeds on conflict like a bottomless void of despair, everyone rallied around the young woman and her efforts to buy a sad, crying child an ice cream cone. That's really where we're at as a society right now.
I'm a vegan and am shocked you have received such hate filled messages from other vegans. What many don't realise is veganism is a spectrum, with some not buying things with animal products for others, whereas others (like me) do what they feel is best for themselves.— David Beckett Ⓥ (@ADavidBeckett) April 30, 2018
I grew up veggie and have been vegan for 10 years, but, when I find a homeless person in need of a meal, they get whatever they ask for, even if they ask for meat. Ethical consumerism/individual purchases aren't everything, nor the main solution: we are a society not individuals.— Anna Morris #FBPE 🦄😽🐕 (@annafjmorris) April 30, 2018
Omg I'm so disappointed in yo- yeah no lmao you're a great person for being nice. You took time out of your day to make someone else's day better. Bless your heart.— dumbass geibrol (@punsandcats) April 29, 2018
I know I don’t know you personally or anything but this post is making it’s rounds on twitter and I just wanted to say... good for you! Nothing wrong with making someone happy.— Catherine Goad (@ImpossibleGrl11) April 29, 2018
Bet that little girl had the biggest smile on her face too! You were her superhero!
Thank you for this. Random acts of kindness make the world go 'round.— Zilla (@MurderousRedCap) April 30, 2018
You did a good thing. Some people are just pious and judgemental to a degree that’s not really healthy. Keep on being nice, it makes the world better!— Santero (@djsantero) April 29, 2018