Joaquin Phoenix went from the SAG Awards to a pig slaughterhouse

SAG Awards Press Room 2019

Am I the only one who finds everything around Joaquin Phoenix and his Oscar campaign to be a gigantic bummer? Maybe I would feel differently if I liked the movie he was up for – Joker – or if I thought that THIS was the Joaquin performance which deserved to be recognized. As it was, Joaquin did the best he could do with a messy, problematic movie, a movie which was amplified and beloved by the worst f–king people. Joaquin always sh-t-talked the awards season hustle, and now he’s participating in it in a big way. My guess is that he made a deal with himself to use this awards-season attention to talk about sh-t he cares about, like veganism and animal rights. So, just after he won his SAG Award, Joaquin went to a slaughterhouse to protest:

Joaquin Phoenix passed on the SAG Awards after-parties, and instead headed to a slaughterhouse … where he comforted trucks full of pigs headed to their final demise. Joaquin made the surprise appearance Sunday night not long after winning Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a leading role for “Joker.” He made the drive from the Shrine Auditorium to the Farmer John Packing Co. … less than 5 miles away in L.A.

There, Joaquin joined dozens of protesters who congregate there twice a week. They call their demonstrations pig vigils. They’ve been happening every Wednesday and Sunday night since at least 2017. Reportedly, the trailers stop for 2 minutes — with Farmer John’s blessing — so activists can comfort the pigs and give them water. More than 7,000 pigs are butchered every day inside Farmer John.

Joaquin hung out with protesters and squirted water into the pigs’ snouts. He told former LA TV reporter Jane Velez-Mitchell it was important to be there, saying, “Most people don’t really know of the torture and murder in the meat and dairy industry…. We have moral obligations to talk about it and expose it for what it really is. We are so indoctrinated with these happy images of animals on farms, on the covers of meat containers, at restaurants and it’s a lie.”

Joaquin’s definitely been walking the walk. Not only did he attend this protest, he reportedly convinced the Hollywood Foreign Press to serve an all-vegan menu at the Golden Globes. Of course, 4 days after that he was with Jane Fonda in D.C. for her Fire Drill Friday climate change protest … where cops briefly detained him.

[From TMZ]

Joaquin has been vegetarian or vegan throughout most of his childhood and all of adulthood. He’s also been a long-standing advocate for veganism and animal rights, so this isn’t a Johnny-come-lately thing for his Oscar campaign. If anything, his long-standing activism is simply getting more attention right now because of the awards season. But still, Joaquin’s bummer Oscar campaign continues. I’m pretty sure – at this point – that this is the deal he made with himself. He would play the game this one time in exchange for making these kinds of appearances and raising this kind of awareness. He was the one who convinced the HFPA to go vegan for the Globes dinner too.

26th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room 2020

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  1. Ramona Q. says:

    Bringing attention to the slaughter of pigs is so important. Bacon has become cute kitsch to put on crafts on Etsy, like it’s Hello Kitty or something. It makes me sick.

  2. Audrey says:


  3. Dabadass says:

    He deserves the Oscar. Joker was an awful, excellent movie about really problematic people. It didn’t glorify them, it did show us the frightening way our society has evolved to accommodate them and their insane beliefs. It’s a wake up call for some and reinforcing what the rest of us already know. America loves assholes and douche bags.

  4. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I like him. I like marinated pork tenderloin too. But I’ve seen all the animal torture footage. It’s disgusting how animals are treated. But I like meat as much as I like seafood and produce. I hope protesters change how the industry functions and interacts with its commodities.

  5. Xi Tang says:

    Him and PSH are my favourite actors. But I gotta say I’m not feeling his campaigning. Especially for this mediocre sh*tty movie.
    I still hope we’ll get a surprise win by Driver at the Oscars. Otherwise DC fans will be even more insufferable.

    • FrenchGirl says:

      Pleaseeee…Driver campaigns more than Phoenix.Phoenix campaigns but who campaigns more than Driver? Greta Gerwig and Parasite ´s team !!!
      Phoenix will win for the ensemble of his career and he deserves it .
      At least Phoenix’s campaign is better than DiCaprio ´so Revenant campaign and deserves more than Rami .

  6. LadyLou says:

    I was a little surprised that he choked up on stage and said I love you to Rooney at the Golden Globes. That is peak attention seeking normally. He really plays the game this year, but I think it’s also kinda genuine? I’m confused.

  7. Heather H says:

    I do not think anyone should be dinged or bashed for bringing attention to animal rights and the cruelty of how animals are raised for food in the US. That said, I tried watching his What the Health documentary and there was so much bad or misleading science that I had to turn it off.

  8. Cakes says:

    He is bringing attention to this very important subject. Animals feel pain and fear just like you and me. It’s high time we all stopped eating them.

    • JoJo says:

      Yep. And then you watch fluffy golden retriever puppies being weighed for slaughter and thrown head first into cramped wire cages as they await their sentence throughout Asia – and probably beyond. The way we treat all kinds of animals worldwide is sickening. I give him so much credit for being someone who has been authentically and genuinely standing up for this cause since he was a kid. I still want to watch the documentary he narrated, Earthlings – about how we use animals for our own purposes of food, clothing/textiles and entertainment – but I just don’t think I can bring myself to do it.

    • tiredTreaded says:

      Our family is slowly going off meat, it’s a process, as my kids are growing & I was genuinely afraid to not give them every option. We are lucky to afford more humanely raised cow meats & dairy products. We refrain from Pig products – I agree, that industry has no solution. I have to say kudos to the company who lets protesters at least comfort the pigs going to slaughter & for this prominent actor to take a stand. That’s a step in compassion. Sometimes. Steps. Letting this world evolve for the better.

  9. lobstah says:

    Like the movie or not, his performance was OUTSTANDING. He deserves all the acclaim. He acted circles around the others and I am so glad he’s soaking up this awards season.

  10. Kristen says:

    He’s a phenomenal actor who does award-worthy work consistently, Joker included. Good for him for winning these awards and for bringing more awareness to an important issue.

  11. Jerusha says:

    I think he’s more relaxed about the awards thing because he’s happy in his personal life. He and Rooney Mara seem made for each other. There are even photos of them going to the gym together, something I never expected to see. I wish he’d won for Walk the Line, but I’m happy he’s using the spotlight for bringing attention to important issues. I’m vegetarian, almost vegan(I have a jar of local honey in my pantry).

  12. Cali says:

    I will always be a carnivore, however, torturing animals is evil. Animals can be put down humanely just as the practice with Kobe beef. Not only will the meat taste better, but it’s considered healthier.

  13. moo says:

    I’m glad he’s using his voice to help animals.

  14. Nina says:

    We need to ask ourselves: if I had to kill the animal myself, would I still eat meat? I certainly couldn’t. And: is my taste more important than a life? Well, I feel that the only life that belongs to me is my own.