Paul McCartney “Waxes Ridiculous” on Vegan Food

Paul McCartney
( Eddie Janssens, Wikiportrait )

I can’t help myself.

Every time I encounter yet another gushing media tribute to the latest commentary from Paul McCartney, I’m visualizing former SNL cast member Dana Carvey doing his spot-on impression of the iconic musician-composer turned vegetarian huckster.

(Check out the video here and tell me I’m not wrong).

Now, Sir Paul has outdone even his own overblown pronouncements about how the rest of us are supposed to arrange our lifestyles. He announced in a lengthy interview in the UK newspaper The Telegraph that “Meat-free is the new rock ’n roll.”

The comment appeared in conjunction with National Vegetarian Week, as McCartney waxed ridiculous on the 25th anniversary of the launch of the veggie entrée line marketed by his late wife Linda McCartney.

We seriously need to qualify that statement.

Paul McCartney, for all his formidable talents as a composer, arranger, musician and entertainer — he was one-half of the all-time most creative songwriting team in pop music history — cannot claim any connection to the legacy of rock ’n roll, nor can the rest of the Beatles, nor can any of the other bands that were part of the so-called “British Invasion” of the mid-1960s.

While the Beatles certainly recorded their share of early rockabilly and Motown classics (“Rock and Roll Music,” “Please Mr. Postman” and “Twist and Shout,” the latter a No. 1 single penned by Phil Medley in 1961 and subsequently covered by everyone from The Who to the Isley Brothers to Ferris Bueller), McCartney, et al., were neither contributors to nor pioneers in the rock genre.

But speaking of pioneers, here’s who McCartney is now claiming to be the originator of the vegetarian movement into which he continually inserts himself as guru and champion: Linda McCartney.

“[Linda] very much started the vegetarian movement,” he explained in a video accompanying the interview, noting that it wasn’t easy going veggie back in the 1970s.

“You wouldn’t have believed it,” he said. “We’ve forgotten how alien a meat-free diet seemed to most people in the last millennium. These days, vegetarians have never had it so good.”

Truckers Were the Target?
That wasn’t always the case, as he recalled about his early days as head of a family of confirmed veggies.

“Driving up the motorway, we wanted a snack, and we’d pull in the Fortes filling station,” he said, “and it was ham sandwiches all round.”

Doesn’t sound so bad, but apparently it was hell on earth for the McCartneys as they traveled England’s backcountry.

Thus, it makes sense, as Paul and Linda’s daughter Stella explained in the video, that the first vegetarian products introduced under the Linda McCartney Foods brand connected with that formative experience.

“She launched her foods with the truckers on the M-40 motorway (see the publicity photo below from that PR event),” Stella said, “and they loved them!”

Linda McCartney and truckers

Really? Take a look at the guy on the far right. His reaction doesn’t convince me he’s ready to embrace the vegetarian lifestyle; he looks like a lot of people do when they first bite into a veggie patty masquerading as a hamburger.

But connecting “meat-free” with rock ’n roll isn’t the most outrageous statement the newspaper quoted McCartney pronouncing.

Along with his fond hope that Linda McCartney Foods will “spread everywhere in the world” (cha-ching!), he offered a bold prediction that rivaled his former bandmate John Lennon’s hubris in claiming that “[The Beatles] are more popular than Jesus Christ.”

Sir Paul ended the interview by proclaiming that, “In 25 years, vegetarian food will be the norm.”

I only hope I’m still alive in 2043 to take issue with him on that flight of fantasy.

Editor’s Note: The opinions in this commentary are those of Dan Murphy, a veteran journalist and commentator.






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Submitted by Steven on Mon, 05/21/2018 - 14:53

LOL good luck with that Dan. You should check out some data on where things are today compared to two years ago. Paul is absoutely right on all counts. It's an exponential curve.

Submitted by Janet on Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:46

Sounds a bit biased. The vegetarian/vegan movement is gaining some serious momentum as people are becoming more open minded to learning about it. Its not a diet fad, its about animal welfare and care for the environment. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforesation, clean water usage, and antibiotic resistance. Humans don't need to eat meat to survive. Please do some more research before posting your next article. Your views are becoming quickly outdated, and there are many more interesting and important issues to report than your opinion on Paul McCartney.

Submitted by Whitney on Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:36

The overall percentage of vegetarians and vegans had remained pretty static and the majority don't stick with it. Global demand and production for animal products is increasing.

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Submitted by Kyle H on Mon, 05/21/2018 - 18:47

What an idiotic, whiny article. Paul is rightfully proud of his legacy of promoting animal rights and vegetarianism and proud of his late wife. This idiot's thoughts on Paul's musical legacy are equally asinine. Keep eatin' those murdered, tortured animals, I'm sure you won't be here in 25 years.

Submitted by Schofs on Wed, 05/23/2018 - 02:38

Dan, youre way off the mark to suggest the Beatles / McCartney were neither contributors to nor pioneers in the rock genre and / or the McCartneys were / are not intrinsically linked to the wider interest and taking up of vegetarian by the masses. Quite the opposite and likely undertstated on all counts. Check out contemporaries' comments on the Beatles/McCartney legacy and the supermarket shelves by and large taking over more psace than ever. You and your article are factually incorrect. CJD is all yours.

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