Though actor Joaquin Phoenix is an avowed vegan and passionate animal rights activist, he will not “force” his son to follow in his footsteps.
Speaking with Britain’s Sunday Times, the “Joker” star said that while he hopes his son becomes vegan, he will not impose that lifestyle on him, opting to educate him on the “reality” of eating meat.
“I’m not going to impose my belief on my child,” he said. “I’m going to educate him about the reality. I’m not going to indoctrinate him with the idea that McDonald’s have a Happy Meal because there’s nothing f***ing happy about that meal. And I’m not going to tell him that it’s OK to read books about all the wonderful little farm animals, and they say ‘oink oink oink’ and ‘moo moo moo,’ and not tell him that that’s what a hamburger is.”
If his son were to ever join the ranks of carnivorous humans, Phoenix said that he would support him.